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Working As An Associate Faculty

  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Make Decisions

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Faculty 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
College Professor 4.7 years
Faculty Member 4.1 years
Associate Faculty 4.0 years
Professor 3.9 years
Adjunct Professor 3.3 years
Faculty 3.3 years
Adjunct Lecturer 3.1 years
Visiting Faculty 2.1 years
Faculty Assistant 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Associate Faculty
Instructor 8.9%
Faculty 7.5%
Teacher 6.5%
Internship 5.5%
Consultant 4.3%
Director 3.7%
Lecturer 3.2%
Top Careers After Associate Faculty
Faculty 10.4%
Instructor 6.7%
Consultant 6.7%
Lecturer 5.1%
Director 4.0%
Owner 3.9%
Teacher 3.1%
Professor 2.7%
Internship 2.2%

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Associate Faculty Demographics

Gender

Female

49.9%

Male

38.2%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

French

12.2%

German

7.1%

Chinese

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Italian

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Romanian

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Danish

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Zulu

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Navajo

1.0%
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Associate Faculty Education

Schools

Arizona State University

21.5%

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Capella University

9.4%

Walden University

7.9%

Northern Arizona University

5.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Nova Southeastern University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.5%

Webster University

2.6%

Indiana University South Bend

2.4%

National University

2.2%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2.2%

San Diego State University

2.2%

Johns Hopkins University

2.2%

Grand Canyon University

2.2%

Wayne State University

1.8%

Temple University

1.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

1.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

1.8%

Texas A&M University

1.8%
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Majors

Business

17.2%

Nursing

8.5%

Education

8.2%

Educational Leadership

8.1%

Psychology

5.6%

English

5.2%

Counseling Psychology

4.8%

Management

4.7%

Elementary Education

4.7%

Clinical Psychology

3.6%

School Counseling

3.5%

Communication

3.2%

Law

3.1%

Social Work

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Public Health

2.8%

Writing

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%

History

2.7%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

50.7%

Doctorate

25.4%

Other

10.4%

Bachelors

8.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

1.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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The national average salary for an Associate Faculty in the United States is $83,813 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Associate Faculty Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Apr 29, 2016 $235,850
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Sep 08, 2015 $225,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 18, 2015 $225,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 20, 2015 $225,000
Associate Faculty The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 01, 2014 $220,000
Associate Faculty The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Oct 01, 2014 $220,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 12, 2015 $220,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Sep 10, 2015 $217,000
Associate Faculty Member University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 13, 2016 $171,450
Associate Faculty Physician The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jun 24, 2016 $171,400
Associate Faculty Member University of Iowa Iowa City, IA May 12, 2016 $171,400
Associate Faculty Physician The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Dec 01, 2014 $164,934
Faculty Associate The University of Texas Health Science Center at H San Antonio, TX Aug 29, 2014 $106,683
Associate Faculty Butte-Glenn Community College District Oroville, CA Aug 22, 2016 $105,456
Associate Faculty Physician The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 01, 2014 $100,000
Faculty Associate (Certified Nurse/Midwife) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Jul 01, 2014 $100,000
Associate Faculty Associate University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI May 01, 2015 $83,581
Associate Faculty Associate University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI May 20, 2015 $83,581
Faculty Associate Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Dec 01, 2010 $83,480
Faculty Associate The University of Texas Health Science Center at H San Antonio, TX Aug 29, 2011 $71,614
Faculty Associate University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Jan 12, 2012 $70,179
Associate Faculty (Research) The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 05, 2015 $64,260
Faculty Associate The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Cente Dallas, TX Jan 31, 2010 $63,500
Associate Faculty The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Apr 05, 2014 $63,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Faculty

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Classroom Discussion Boards
  3. Online
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  • Facilitate online undergraduate courses in Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, Leadership, Management, and Supervision.
  • Participate in classroom discussion boards.
  • Assisted in developing best practices and quality improvement initiatives within Online Faculty Training and Development.
  • Collaborated on curriculum development with Department Chair.
  • Utilized a variety of technology tools to enhance student learning and communication.

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  5. Utah
  6. California
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