Working at Wells

Faculty and staff benefit from our close, supportive community, the scenic Finger Lakes environment, and a variety of social and cultural opportunities in the region.

What's it like to work at Wells? The experience is a combination of high-level scholarship, an engaging community environment, our unforgettably scenic setting, and the coming together of many different types of friendly and expressive individuals. Read more about some of the interesting features our employees are offered:


Faculty Club sponsors a monthly presentation on recent research and topics of interest by members of the Wells community; all are welcome to attend. They also host a monthly morning get-together with coffee and treats. Each is a great opportunity to learn more about our colleagues and their work.

Staff Forum was created to facilitate communication and interactions between staff and administration. The officers host a monthly meeting with relevant announcements and presentations, and also organize a holiday potluck lunch. In early summer, Staff Forum hosts the Wells Open: a picnic, golf tournament, and day to celebrate the end of the academic year with games and prizes.


Every week of each semester, a wide variety of performances, workshops, presentations and other events take place across campus—and almost all are free, family-friendly and open to the public. These include the regular Visiting Writers Series; Sustainability Perspectives Series; and Science Colloquium, a weekly examination of topics in the natural, mathematical, and social sciences. The fall Peachtown Native American Festival honors our friends in the Cayuga Nation, and the theatre and dance department holds a special performance each semester. Student traditions such as Odd/Even, Weihnachten, May Day and more are also held with faculty and staff attendance and support.

That's just a taste of the opportunities to set aside your work and experience something new. Check out upcoming events on our campus calendar.


The Finger Lakes have developed a reputation as a popular tourist destination. Our region is blessed with an amazing number of state parks and public walking trails that offer many opportunities for hiking and viewing breathtaking gorges and waterfalls; our rich history is memorialized in numerous museums throughout the region—including the Harriet Tubman House and Museum; and delicious cuisine can be found in the wide variety of restaurants located in nearby metro areas or found throughout the countryside. The region is also known for award-winning wineriesbreweriescideries and distilleries—most of which offer tours and an opportunity to learn more about viticulture, pairing, and more.

If you're interested in skiing, check out Greek Peak or Tug Hill; and for those that love the outdoors, the Adirondacks are only a few hours away.

Aurora is centrally located between IthacaSyracuse, and Rochester—each of which are worth a weekend trip—and local to other regional destinations including Elmira, Watkins Glen, Seneca Falls and Binghamton.


Aurora itself is a small but vibrant community that, like Wells, sits right along the edge of Cayuga Lake. Originally settled by the Haudenosaunee, who named it "the village of constant dawn," Aurora is a memorable and scenic even by the surrounding region's high standards. The Aurora Inn, Fargo Bar & Grill, Bet the Farm, Morgan Opera House, Peachtown Elementary School—as well as events like the summertime “blessing of the boats” and the “Christmas in Aurora” celebration—all contribute to our village’s unique personality.


If you're looking to relocate to the area or just spend a day here, check out our Local Attractions page to learn more.


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