Why Teach at UIndy?
The University of Indianapolis is a teaching institution. We emphasize personal attention, small class sizes and applied learning. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14-to-1 and the average class size is just 18. Our diverse campus includes students, faculty and staff from more than 40 countries.
You can expect to get to know students on a first-name basis, and, for those majoring in your field, work with them throughout their college career. Many faculty become important mentors and form lasting connections with students.
But, the personal attention isn’t just for students. Because we’re a smaller institution, you’ll work closely with colleagues both in your department and from many other disciplines. Some faculty even combine their expertise to team-teach courses. Whatever your field, you’ll quickly find that UIndy is a close-knit, family-like community.
UIndy promotes faculty development through a dedicated center and several professional development opportunities, including sabbaticals and grants for summer research, interdisciplinary team teaching and international travel. Our Faculty Development Center offers programs, resources and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to enhance the quality of learning, teaching, scholarship and service at the University.
The normal teaching load averages 25 credit hours per year over a three-year period. After the first year, faculty serve as academic advisers to students, generally those who have chosen to major in their respective discipline. In addition, faculty members are expected to pursue scholarly activity that will enhance their teaching, and serve on committees or attend functions as determined by administrators and colleagues.
Faculty are eligible to pursue tenure after five years of successful, full-time teaching at the University. Excellence in teaching and competence in scholarship and service are key components of tenure portfolios at UIndy.
UIndy’s motto is “Education for Service,” and we put that into practice every day. UIndy offers several service learning courses and encourages students, faculty and staff to participate in community service and volunteer activities. Often, faculty include service learning components in their courses. In addition, many faculty lead annual service learning trips. Past trips have included medical missions in Central America and service projects in Appalachia.
In addition, our Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement helps pair students, faculty and staff with local, national and international volunteer opportunities. And, UIndy was one of just 115 schools nationwide to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Community Engagement Classification.
UIndy is a great place to work, in part because we’re located in a great city. Indianapolis is the 13th-largest city in the U.S. and comes with all of the cultural, shopping, sports and recreational amenities you’d expect in a major urban area.
Arts and cultural opportunities are abundant and include a world-class symphony orchestra and art museum and several performing arts venues, historical sites and museums. Indianapolis also is home to the world’s largest children’s museum and has six distinct cultural districts in and around the downtown area. In addition, the city recently finished an award-winning $50 million cultural trail that provides miles of walking and biking space lined with landscaping and public art.
Indianapolis also is known as a sporting capital – home to several professional sports teams, the NCAA headquarters and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Still not convinced? Indianapolis is affordable. In fact, it is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable cities in the country.