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moralleader1



Joined: 15 Oct 2007
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:28 pm    Post subject: WOW WOW Reply with quote

battleshipb_b wrote:
In my institution in the Kingdom we send out Letters of Intent to all instructors around the end of November. We ask them to let us know whether they want to renew or non renew their current contract. Teachers are given two weeks to reply. If they are unsure about staying with us, they must indicate this in the Letter of Intent. They are then given until the end of April to give us their final decision. This helps us determine staffing needs. Teachers who don't want to stay on say so.

If there are teachers whose contract may not be renewed, we call them in for a personal interview and discuss the situation. We discuss problem areas and how they can be solved. This system is very effective; we have not had to let anyone go in the past seven years. We do not fire experienced teachers, native or nonnative if they are doing their job properly.

QU has a very different system as I learned from interviewing several ex QU teachers. The policy there is no Letter of Intent and no discussion.with teachers whose contracts may not be renewed. Instead
teachers receive their renewal or nonrenewal letter in their mail box.
Very impersonal, unprofessional and autocratic. It is no wonder that teachers 'freak' out around contract renewal time. Our staff would too if we used such a system.

Teachers should have an oppportunity to pull up their socks and be advised if their socks are falling down. Open and transparent. It works for us. In my experience, problem areas can be fixed, we offer full teacher support to teachers who are wearing loose socks. By offering them support, they support us back. A workable and ethical system.


Well, battleship, you just hit the nail. Read my other posts in the UAE forum (ECAE). It does not matter, QU or ECAE, you walk in those places and you can feel the opressive, hostile and threatening working atmosphere. For example, you cannot have a normal conversation with teachers since they are afraid and used to a spying team that constantly reports to those "misleaders" or incompetent managers. Then, they find themselves in difficult situations. Too bad!

How can someone be happy and produce if the working environment is rotten? I believe that most of these folks are there for money, tax free and so forth, but hey, money is important but to what extent? What would be the consequences in a long run working in such places?

All in all, if you are a qualiied educator and not desperate make sure you choose the right place and there are tons of places where learning comes first and the managers appreciate your expertise and hard work unlike those 2 places mentioned above.

God bless education
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tomandjerry



Joined: 17 Jun 2007
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Location: Qatar

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God help those with multiple personality disorders.

It's always: - they're managers elsewhere;
- know better (than others) through a superiority of character;
- employ their own spies to give them info about an institution
they're not at.

Which page of your moral leadership handbook does it say publicly cutting down another education center is setting a good example?

If you're really interested in something more than defamation/exaggeration, why don't you contact the institution directly? It's not like your job is on the line.
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moralleader1



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="tomandjerry"]God help those with multiple personality disorders.

You just said it, and you are the one in a serious and critical stage Very Happy and seriously need psychological help Laughing

Thanks for your posting.
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toughcookie



Joined: 26 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There we go again... what started as a genuine topic with questions about working at QU has turned into a mud slinging contest... Sad

I for one work actually work at QU and the place does have its problems, including within management. Although things have improved this year, as compared to last, there is still work to do.

To answer Jayhawk's questions about Doha, a lot has been posted about this in previous forums. To sum it up, it is an ugly dustbowl; it is dangerous to drive in and there isn't much to do except for shopping and dining -- but these activities require driving to the mall and the restaurant... did I mention it is dangerous to drive here?

Nothing special... unfortunately.

TC
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