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Winthrop University

Winthrop University

Ideally situated in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop University is a highly ranked public, comprehensive university in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind.  Founded in 1886, Winthrop offers its students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement.  Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the “Winthrop Experience,” including the most recent US News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South.  

Today more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000-plus graduate students are enrolled at Winthrop University.  The University recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment.  Winthrop prides itself on being the institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses, providing Winthrop faculty with the opportunity to create a teaching legacy that not only changes individual lives, but reshapes whole family trajectories.

Where we are matters, and Winthrop’s presence is significant.  Winthrop University is an active member of York County and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic growth.  With Charlotte  less than 20 minutes away—and 300-plus Fortune 500 Companies in Winthrop’s backyard—formal and informal community partnerships are numerous, threading through school and business networks. While Winthrop students have options about where they conduct their experiential learning, faculty and staff are privileged to select a residence from neighborhoods large, small, or somewhere in-between.  During holiday, Winthrop faculty find themselves a short drive from either the mountains or the beach.

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, Winthrop’s campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings.  The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 16 Division I men's and women's sports. The physical beauty of Winthrop’s campus is a source of great pride, one that reflects the learning community for which it provides a foundation.  

Whether in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education, or College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University offers only those degree programs that can be delivered at an exemplary level.  High-impact practices such as first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, and global learning are embedded throughout the curriculum, encouraging active teaching and learning.  At Winthrop, faculty—not teaching assistants—are the lead facilitators, class sizes are small enough that teachers know their students by name, and faculty research agendas often include student collaborators. 

Quality student life programs supplement the academic, providing opportunities and services to foster student development along cognitive, personal, and interpersonal dimensions.  Students pursuing lifetime wellness can run alongside their faculty at the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center where members can access a climbing wall, four racquetball courts, a 25-yard pool with 8 lanes, four basketball courts, an 8,000 square foot weight room, 2,000 square feet of cardio space with four additional cardio stations, and two aerobic/activity rooms. 

Inside—and outside—the classroom Winthrop prioritizes a learning environment that produces Winthrop graduates who:

· Think critically and solve problems 

· Are personally and socially responsible 

· Understand the interconnected nature of the world and the time in which they live 

· Communicate effectively 

Faculty and staff who expertly model and teach these competencies are an excellent fit at Winthrop and a critical ingredient in the Winthrop Experience.  We encourage you to review current openings and bookmark our jobs page for future possibilities.


Diversity Profile: Winthrop University

Winthrop University is committed to the principles of equal employment as a fundamental part of the mission and purpose of the University.

Winthrop University is committed to the principles of equal employment as a fundamental part of the mission and purpose of the University. It is the policy of the University that all personnel related decisions be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. The University prohibits any form of discipline or retaliation for reporting, pursuing, or cooperating in the investigation of complaints of employment discrimination. The Office of Human Resources, Employee Diversity, & Wellness conducts regular online and classroom Title IX training sessions regarding preventing and reporting discrimination and sexual harassment/assault. 

Diversity by the Numbers:

39% of the student body are multicultural

43% of degree-seeking undergraduates are Pell Grant recipients

33% of degree-seeking undergraduates are first generation college students*

39 countries and 44 states are represented in the student population

15% of the full-time faculty are multicultural

33% of the full-time staff are multicultural

60% of the faculty are women 

Our students’ strength, character, and ability to overcome barriers can be seen in the classroom in their drive to learn and succeed as well as in their demonstration of service to others. While they arrive on campus from diverse cultural, geographic, social, and economic backgrounds, Winthrop students share a common sense of community and purpose.

Winthrop faculty developed four University Level Competencies (ULCs) to identify learning outcomes that apply across all undergraduate programs and that all Winthrop graduates attain. Two of the ULCs are tied to diversity and interconnectedness: “Winthrop graduates understand the interconnected nature of the world and time in which they live” and “Winthrop graduates are personally and socially responsible.” The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an important tool in assessing these competencies, and Winthrop students consistently report higher rates of participation in events and activities promoting diversity than respondents from other NSSE participating institutions, including encouraging contact and discussion among students from different backgrounds; understanding people of other backgrounds; including diverse perspectives in course discussions and assignments; trying to better understand someone else’s views by imagining how an issue looks from his or her perspective; and connecting learning to societal problems or issues.

In 2011, Winthrop adopted the Global Learning Initiative to promote greater involvement with culturally diverse people, practices, values, and beliefs through the curriculum and other campus-wide activities with the following learning outcomes: students will understand the nature and impact of their own culture and the cultures of others in the world; students will acknowledge appreciation for global cultural diversity; and students will be actively engaged in global events, settings, and groups.

The Dedication for Excellence, adopted in 1994 by Student Governance and amended in 2011 by the Council of Student Leaders, includes eight common principles our students agree to strive to attain, including Global and Cultural Diversity: “I will value diverse cultural perspectives as well as value all individuals for the creativity, achievements, and contributions each brings to our community.”

At Winthrop University, diversity is integral to the academic mission, is essential in preparing students for global citizenship, and enriches the Winthrop experience for the entire campus community. Winthrop has a diverse and able faculty and professional staff of national caliber and supports their work as effective teachers, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and creative artists. Small class sizes and an emphasis on teaching, experiential learning, and undergraduate research create an atmosphere where faculty have the opportunity to provide their students with close mentorship and personal attention.

Winthrop prides itself on being an institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses. Retention and graduation rates of minority students at Winthrop are consistently well above the national averages for minorities.

The Office of Diversity & Student Engagement, in collaboration with the University community, conducts programs and provides resources to enhance awareness, knowledge, and skills of all students through diversity education, celebrating cultures, and promoting difference perspectives. 

African American Studies

International Center

Roddey-McMillan Record (monthly student newspaper promoting awareness of issues concerning minorities)

Safe Zones (program to identify LGBTQ allies)

Services for Students with Disabilities

Women’s and Gender Studies

African Students Association
Association of Ebonites
Culture Club
GLoBAL (Gay Lesbain Bisexual Transgender Ally League)
Multicultural Student Council
National Alliance of Black School Educators
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black Accountants
ONE Campaign
Plain Jane
Winthrop Organization of Freethinkers
And many others 

Winthrop’s campus encompasses a picturesque blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Behind its stately façade, you’ll find top-notch academic facilities equipped with SMART technology. An attractive recreational area surrounds Winthrop Lake and includes a 6,100-seat coliseum and numerous athletic facilities, both for collegiate and recreational play.

The city of Rock Hill has a richly diverse population and history, home to the Catawba Indian Nation Cultural Center (The Catawba Nation is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in the state of South Carolina) and site of the historic Friendship Nine sit-in, a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement. The fifth largest city in South Carolina, Rock Hill is a thriving community ideally located twenty minutes from Charlotte, NC, and a day-trip’s distance from either the mountains or the beach.

In surveys, focus groups, and other forms of feedback, a theme that emerges time and again among Winthrop students, alumni, prospective students, and employees is the appreciation of how they felt immediately welcomed and “at home” on campus. We believe this inclusive environment and sense of community is largely a result of the University’s commitment to diversity. Winthrop University actively seeks to hire faculty and staff who share this commitment and who will help to enrich the campus community and the Winthrop experience.

*Of undergraduates who self-reported their parents’ level of education, 33% reported that neither parent completed a postsecondary degree.”


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