From the Manchester College Archives

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Chronicle of Higher Education agrees

with faculty, staff: “Manchester

College is a great place to work”

“If you love teaching, this is the best place you can possibly teach,” says John Deal, assistant professor of economics at Manchester College. Praise from Deal and other faculty and staff members helped convince The Chronicle of Higher Education to place Manchester on its “Honor Roll of 2011 Great Colleges to Work For.”

The Honor Roll, released today in The Chronicle, is based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities. Only 42 of The Chronicle’s 2011 Great Colleges made the Honor Roll. Manchester receives high marks from its faculty and staff in six areas:

  • Teaching environment
  • Confidence in senior leadership
  • Work/life balance
  • Professional/career development programs
  • Supervisor/department chair relationship
  • Tenure clarity and process

“We have wonderful people with a sense of purpose,” says Thelma Rohrer, who is among 39 teachers who have served on the 75-member Manchester faculty for more than 10 years. “Helping students accomplish their dreams makes teaching at Manchester incredibly rewarding,” adds Rohrer, who wears many staff and faculty hats, including leadership of the College’s Art Department, study abroad and Honors program.

She gets to prepare students for their first passports for study adventures to Spain, Central America, South America and Asia. An artist, she also introduces students – many of them not art majors – to their first gallery experiences.

This is Manchester’s second year on The Chronicle’s “Great Colleges to Work For” roster in the tenure category. “You know exactly what they are looking for so nothing comes as a surprise,” said Deal, who achieved tenure status this spring.

The College received high marks from its employees for work-life balance. When Judd Case, assistant professor of communication studies, brought his passion for chess to Manchester students, it was a family affair. Students got to exchange pawns with two international grandmasters who also shared life advice in all-campus convocations. Case’s family was right there for the thrill, and not just for the lectures and book signings. They watched Dad challenge the grandmasters.

“The people here commune around learning and service,” says Case. “Classes emphasize not only career skills and individual achievement, but also making the world a better – and more peaceful – place. At Manchester we have a strong sense of who we are and what we are about. That's what communities have that mere classrooms, labs and offices do not.”

For more about Manchester College, which offers more than 55 areas of study to 1,278 students from 22 states and 21 countries, visit

The Chronicle is the nation’s leading source of news about colleges and universities. “With the Great Colleges program, The Chronicle can provide even more of the vital information our readers rely on – unbiased reporting on which colleges are being innovative in their workplace practices,” said Editor Jeffrey J. Selingo.

The Honor Roll is based on demographics and workplace policies from each institution and a survey of faculty, administrators and professional support staff. Employee feedback was the primary factor in deciding recognition. For more about the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at

July 2011

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