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Working As An Assistant Professor Of Business

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  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Make Decisions

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Professor Of Business Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Average Length of Employment
Business Professor 4.3 years
Professor 3.9 years
Adjunct Professor 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Professor Of Business
Instructor 10.9%
Faculty 4.3%
Director 3.8%
Consultant 3.8%
Attorney 3.8%
Internship 3.8%
President 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Top Careers After Assistant Professor Of Business
Faculty 5.5%
President 5.0%
Instructor 5.0%
Consultant 3.3%
Director 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$50,000
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$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
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Best Paying Company
University of North Carolina
Highest Paying City
Redlands, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Assistant Professor Of Business make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Professor Of Business in the United States is $89,284 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $157,000.

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Real Assistant Professor Of Business Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Professor of Finance at The Graduate School of Business Leland Stanford Jr, University Jun 24, 2016 $268,889
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Graduate School of Business Leland Stanford Jr, University Oct 05, 2016 $234,840
Assistant Professor of Finance & Business Economics The University of Southern California Oct 15, 2016 $220,000
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Graduate School of Business Leland Stanford Jr, University Nov 04, 2016 $215,270
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Jan 07, 2016 $215,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Apr 15, 2015 $210,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Apr 01, 2015 $210,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Dec 01, 2016 $210,000
Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at The Graduate School of Business Leland Stanford Jr, University Feb 09, 2016 $207,778
Assistant Professor of Political Economy at The Graduate School of Business Leland Stanford Jr, University Sep 11, 2015 $207,778
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Sep 05, 2016 $202,878
Assistant Professor of Business University of Virginia Jul 01, 2015 $198,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Mar 31, 2015 $195,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration University of Rochester Jan 06, 2016 $190,000
Assistant Professor of International Business University of Baltimore Mar 15, 2016 $120,000
Assistant Professor In Business Statistics Clemson University Jul 13, 2015 $120,000
Assistant Professor, International Business University of Baltimore Jan 01, 2016 $120,000
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Business Law & Finance Northeastern Illinois University Aug 01, 2015 $118,163
Assistant Professor, Business Fordham University Jan 08, 2016 $116,030
Assistant Professor of Business-Accounting Pacific Lutheran University Sep 01, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Assistant Professor of Business Quantitative Analysis Mississippi State University Aug 16, 2015 $115,000
Assistant Prof. of Marketing-Business To Business/Internet Marketing, CRM St. John Fisher College Aug 22, 2016 $101,000
Assistant Professor of Business-Management Pacific Lutheran University Aug 23, 2016 $100,000 -
$115,000
Assistant Professor of Finance-Cameron School of Business University of St. Thomas Sep 05, 2016 $98,980
Assistant Professor-Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship Rollins College May 05, 2015 $95,000
Assistant Professor Business Administration Morgan State University Jan 02, 2016 $95,000
Assistant Professor of Business Administration State University of New York at New Paltz Jan 09, 2016 $92,000
Assistant Professor, E-Business & Technology Management Towson University May 01, 2015 $92,000 -
$108,952
Assistant Professor-Business The University of Texas at El Paso Aug 01, 2015 $91,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Professor Of Business

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Economics
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  • Develop and teach undergraduate courses in online, classroom and blended formats.
  • Contributed to curriculum development and design of subjects and resources.
  • Research areas included commodity and resource economics.
  • Developed blended and Electronic Portfolio online courses and internships in personal and career development serving all academic departments
  • Developed with Principles of Management class comprehensive business plans for various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

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Assistant Professor Of Business Demographics

Gender

Male

60.6%

Female

33.3%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Portuguese

11.1%

French

11.1%

Italian

11.1%

Turkish

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%
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Assistant Professor Of Business Education

Schools

Walden University

11.4%

Georgetown University

8.6%

Capella University

8.6%

University of North Texas

5.7%

University of Oklahoma

5.7%

Webster University

5.7%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.7%

Nova Southeastern University

5.7%

Union Institute & University

5.7%

Florida International University

5.7%

Missouri State University

2.9%

University of Iowa

2.9%

Tufts University

2.9%

University of California - Santa Barbara

2.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.9%

Northeastern State University

2.9%

Indiana State University

2.9%

Argosy University-Sarasota

2.9%

Harvard University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

23.9%

Management

7.6%

Marketing

7.6%

Finance

6.5%

Law

6.5%

Human Resources Management

5.4%

Economics

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Education

4.3%

Business Economics

3.3%

Taxation

3.3%

Elementary Education

3.3%

Educational Leadership

3.3%

Agricultural Business

3.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Operations Management

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Small Business Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Doctorate

50.0%

Masters

37.0%

Bachelors

7.4%

Certificate

1.9%

High School Diploma

1.9%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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