faculty at SCAD are really incredible and dedicated. They prepare
students to be successful in the harsh reality of the
art and design world. I have nothing but respect for
SCAD faculty and the students who work so hard.
the faculty are ridiculously underpaid, and are expected to waste
their weekend time talking highschoolers into applying. The faculty are
not supported in any way to do research or be
on the cutting edge, although most of them are the
best in their fields and could really be contributing more
if they didn't have to waste time on mandatory meetings,
admissions work, and overload classes.
The administration looks down their
noses at the faculty. Staff has job security, but faculty
is up for reassignment each year. So the staff treats
faculty like what they are: temporary employees. Lying to faculty
seems like a favorite pasttime of upper administration.
of the specific majors do not have required professional accreditation,
so do your research about your major before you commit
your time and money.
Scad makes it difficult for faculty
to leave once they've been used and abused because there
is a $5000 penalty for breaking their contract (I've heard
this is unenforcable - but who has the money to
take them to court?)
I for one, will not be
signing a contract for next year. The salary they offered
me is a joke, I could make 25% more at
any community college. I could make 35% more at a
real university, where I would be treated with the respect
my education and experience should receive. I am very popular
with students and consistently get excellent reviews. I love my
students. But I am tired of being used, abused, and
lied to. ENOUGH!
I would be leery of sending my
student to a school that treats their faculty like temporary
contract employees. To understand this issue, read the sanctions from
the American Association of University Professors here. Yes it's old,
but it still applies.