By Elena Allen
Our guests from Odessa College strongly emphasized that one of the important factors of their success is the culture that they have created. Lucky for Butler, we can mark one thing off our to do list, as the Culture at Butler is SUPERB! As soon as I was notified that I was hired, I got a welcome email from Kathy McCoskey with personal phone number and offer for help. Next, I got a phone number from Tonya Cogan who offered to show me around town and talk to me about the department. I also got an offer from Kim Jackson to help me move in. Upon my arrival, I instantly felt the sense of belonging. Everybody was super friendly and helpful. There is no competition among faculty to outshine each other, but rather desire to share the wisdom. I am actually not afraid to ask for help because I know I will get the issue resolved and would not be reprimanded for interruption. Another amazing events that takes place every month are the meetings that President Kim Krull and Vice President Lori Winningham conduct on both campuses. It speaks volumes about the culture of the institution when the two highest officials are willing to stand in front of the faculty and answer questions and explain their perspectives and future institutional plans. Not only stand they in front of the faculty but the students as well. Their openness and transparency is the loudest message that we do indeed care. And their integrity and sense of trust that they create shows their human side.
The fact that employee participation in such a huge undertaking as redesign is encouraged and supported is quite empowering to many and innovation is contagious in the educational setting. At the time of social unrest not only in this country but in the whole world, the sense of social responsibility and the feeling that we are capable of creating some change for the best interest of the future keeps many of us going. I personally have not been so excited to go to work for a long time but I sure am now. I am sure so are many.