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Working As A Clinical Professor

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $145,879

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Professor 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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Clinical Professor Demographics

Gender

Female

51.3%

Male

46.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

11.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.6%

Chinese

6.3%

Ukrainian

3.1%

German

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

French

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Afrikaans

3.1%
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Clinical Professor Education

Schools

New York University

9.4%

Columbia University

8.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

7.2%

University of California - San Francisco

5.8%

Case Western Reserve University

5.8%

University of Pennsylvania

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Duke University

5.1%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Washington

3.6%

Harvard University

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

University of Louisville

3.6%

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

3.6%

California Southern University

3.6%

University of South Alabama

3.6%

Yale University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%
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Majors

Nursing

27.5%

Medicine

21.8%

Pharmacy

8.9%

Clinical Psychology

5.3%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

4.6%

Education

4.0%

Public Health

3.6%

Law

3.0%

Biology

2.6%

Business

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Family Practice Nursing

1.8%

Social Work

1.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.2%

Medical Clinical Sciences

1.2%

Mental Health Counseling

1.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.2%

Educational Leadership

1.2%
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Degrees

Doctorate

32.7%

Masters

29.5%

Other

25.1%

Bachelors

8.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Clinical Professor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professor of Clinical University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Sep 01, 2015 $430,000
Assistant Clinical Professor Medical College of Wisconsin Menomonee Falls, WI Jul 15, 2014 $360,000
Assistant Clinical Professor Medical College of Wisconsin Menomonee Falls, WI Nov 18, 2015 $360,000
Visiting Clinical Professor/Physician Surgeon University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 30, 2015 $337,739
Visiting Clinical Professor/Physician Surgeon University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 02, 2016 $337,739
Visiting Clinical Professor/Physician Surgeon University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Jul 10, 2016 $337,739
Visiting Clinical Professor/Physician Surgeon University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 10, 2015 $337,134
Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Sep 07, 2014 $306,300
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 01, 2014 $294,600
Associate Clinical Professor University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Feb 14, 2013 $288,350
Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Aug 15, 2013 $288,150
Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Nov 02, 2016 $288,150
Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Feb 11, 2016 $288,150
Clinical Professor The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Palo Alto, CA Jan 06, 2016 $273,000
Chair of Clinical Studies, Full Professor, Tenure Track Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jan 12, 2016 $205,000
Chair of Clinical Studies, Full Professor, Tenure Track Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Dec 01, 2016 $205,000
Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Dec 17, 2015 $204,000
HS Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2013 $192,774
Assistant Clinical Professor Central California Faculty Medical Group, Inc. Fresno, CA Jun 11, 2015 $187,199
HS Assistant Clinical Professor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $185,000
Assitant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jul 15, 2014 $185,000 -
$210,000
Assistant Clinical Professor Columbia University New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $182,000
Psychiatrist/Assistant Clinical Professor Yale University New Haven, CT Jul 01, 2013 $125,000
Associate Clinical Professor Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Jul 01, 2013 $125,000
Associate/Assistant Clinical Professor of Marketing Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Nov 18, 2014 $125,000
Associate Clinical Professor Mississippi State University Pearl, MS Dec 02, 2016 $125,000
Clinical Professor The University of Houston Houston, TX Aug 01, 2013 $123,375
Assistant Clinical Professor Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO Feb 22, 2016 $120,399
Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University Sacramento, CA Sep 01, 2014 $120,000
Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2014 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Professor

  1. Medicine
  2. Curriculum
  3. Clinical Supervision
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  • Managed internal medicine post-graduate training program; delivered classroom and bedside teaching related to internal medicine.
  • Develop, coordinate, implement and assess Standardized Patient interactions across the curriculum.
  • Provided didactic and clinical supervision Served as committee member for students implementing research projects.
  • Advised and mentored undergraduate students placed on academic probation.
  • Spearheaded quality improvement projects in areas of pharmacy and medication procurement.

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