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Working As A Faculty Member

  • 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

  • $87,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Faculty Member Do At University of IOWA

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How To Become A Faculty Member

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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Faculty Member Career Paths

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Family Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Presenter Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Committee Member Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Professor Attorney Chairperson
Associate Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Committee Member Program Director Coach
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director Nursing Director
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Associate Professor Research Scientist Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor English Instructor Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Assistant Director Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director Trainer Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Chairperson Project Manager Program Manager
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chairperson Account Executive Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Faculty Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Professor Senior Scientist Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Professor Research Associate Registered Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Faculty Member Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    49.0%
  • Female

    47.2%
  • Unknown

    3.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    74.1%
  • Asian

    11.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.2%
  • Unknown

    4.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    39.5%
  • French

    13.6%
  • Chinese

    8.8%
  • Italian

    4.8%
  • Urdu

    4.1%
  • Hindi

    3.4%
  • Mandarin

    3.4%
  • German

    3.4%
  • Japanese

    3.4%
  • Arabic

    3.4%
  • Korean

    2.0%
  • Portuguese

    2.0%
  • Thai

    1.4%
  • Cebuano

    1.4%
  • Tagalog

    1.4%
  • Persian

    1.4%
  • Turkish

    0.7%
  • Gujarati

    0.7%
  • Danish

    0.7%
  • Vietnamese

    0.7%
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Real Faculty Member Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Neurosurgery Faculty Member University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR Feb 11, 2013 $347,000
Neurosurgery Faculty Member University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR Apr 01, 2013 $347,000
Surgeon and Faculty Member Children's Surgical Associates, Corp at Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Dec 01, 2014 $340,058 -
$400,000
Surgeon and Faculty Member Children's Surgical Associates, Corp at Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Nov 01, 2014 $250,640 -
$400,000
Faculty Member (Clinical Assistant Professor) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Aug 22, 2016 $250,000
Faculty Member (Clinical Assistant Professor) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jun 07, 2016 $250,000
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 Nov 18, 2015 $225,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 20, 2015 $225,000
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 12, 2015 $220,000
Associate Faculty Member In Anesthesia University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Sep 10, 2015 $217,000
Faculty Member (Clinical Assistant Professor) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 26, 2016 $200,000
Faculty Member In Department of Internal Medicine University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 15, 2015 $200,000
Associate Faculty Member University of Iowa Iowa City, IA May 12, 2016 $171,400
Faculty Member (Instructor) Washington University In St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Jul 01, 2012 $165,000
Faculty Member (Instructor) Washington University In St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Jul 01, 2015 $165,000
Associate Faculty Member In Department of Internal Medicine University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 15, 2015 $162,750
Associate Faculty Member In Department of Internal Medicine University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Oct 27, 2014 $154,000
Associate Faculty Member (Hospitalist) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Aug 21, 2015 $150,000
Faculty Member In Internal Medicine University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Nov 19, 2015 $150,000
Associate Faculty Member (Hospitalist) University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 12, 2015 $150,000
Faculty Member (Instructor) Washington University In St. Louis Saint Louis, MO Jan 07, 2016 $90,000
Faculty Member, Department of Economics Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME Jul 01, 2014 $90,000
Assistant Faculty Member Trudeau Institute, Inc. Saranac Lake, NY Jan 01, 2011 $89,000
Faculty Member Children's Orchestra Society (Cos) Manhasset, NY Oct 15, 2011 $87,654
Faculty Member, School of Pharmacy Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Inc. Erie, PA Sep 01, 2013 $85,000
Visiting Faculty Member In Public Policy Bennington College Bennington, VT Jan 07, 2016 $82,186
Visiting Faculty Member In Public Policy Bennington College Bennington, VT Sep 01, 2015 $82,186
Philosophy Faculty Member Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY Aug 20, 2015 $81,500

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Top Skills for A Faculty Member

CurriculumDevelopmentClassroomInstructionOnlineCoursesUndergraduateCoursesMethodsAbnormalPsychologyMathematicsHistoryAcademicAdvisorLabTopicsTheoryLanguageInformationTechnologyEthicsOrganizationalBehaviorPrinciplesLessonPlansPolicyCoursesTaught

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Top Faculty Member Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Classroom Instruction
  3. Online Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide different educational services and collaborate with educational leaders in curriculum development.
  • Facilitated classroom instruction and planned daily lessons for student instruction.
  • Instructed online courses in Hospitality Management and General Management.
  • Developed and revised graduate and undergraduate courses.
  • Created course curriculum for Research Methods Using Statistics, Personal Finance, and Microcomputer Applications to Management.

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