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Working As A Science Faculty Member

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Make Decisions

  • $76,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Science Faculty Member Do At Bridgewater State University

* The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders seeks qualified applicants as part-time faculty at the instructor level to teach undergraduate courses both on campus and online in the following content areas: anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, child language acquisition, childhood language disorders; speech and hearing science; phonetics, articulation & phonology, clinical procedures, clinical techniques in speech pathology, and/or prevention of communication disorders.
* Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: development of course materials, lectures, administration of examinations; and evaluation of student performance.
* Part-time instructors will work under the direction of the department Chairperson and will hold office hours to meet with students as appropriate.
* Applicants should possess:
* Ability to effectively teach in a close, collegial environment dedicated to the teaching-learning relationship.
* Strong commit to excellence in teaching and to working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity.
* Ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning.
* Provide quality teaching including related preparation and grading.
* Provide class syllabi to students enrolled in classes and to the department office as requested.
* Perform other related duties as assigned and/or required

What Does A Science Faculty Member Do At Virginia Commonwealth University

* Research
* The successful candidate must have an established research agenda and a clear potential to secure external funding.
* Teaching
* The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the fall and spring semester.
* The courses taught would support the graduate and undergraduate programs.
* Service
* The successful applicant will have limited service responsibilities to the department and service to the profession

What Does A Science Faculty Member Do At George Washington University

* Responsibilities include teaching and advising master’s students, leading research projects, and serving the University and the forensic community.
* Specifically, we are looking for someone that will teach forensic drug chemistry and trace evidence students at the graduate level in a nationally-recognized forensic science educational program, will conduct research and publish in the field, and will engage the forensic science community.
* We expect that this person will develop recognized expertise in the application of chemistry/chemical techniques to forensic casework by the national practitioner forensic community.
* This person will be responsible for the Department’s mass spectrometry instrumentation as well as the equipment for the forensic chemistry program

What Does A Science Faculty Member Do At Western Washington University

* Effectively communicate course concepts face-to-face or using interactive television (ITV)
* Assess student learning using College of Business and Economics guidelines and provide constructive feedback to students
* Work with on-site tenured faculty to ensure theoretical links between course topics and smooth transitions between courses

What Does A Science Faculty Member Do At Western Washington University

Teaching and/or clinical supervision

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How To Become A Science 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.


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.


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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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • German

  • Romanian

  • Dutch

  • Braille

  • Russian

  • Polish

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Top Science Faculty Member Skills

  1. Molecular Biology
  2. Science Curriculum
  3. Chemistry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instruct various undergraduate courses in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Life Sciences, and Health and Wellness.
  • Planned and implemented a five-week sense of place, ecology base high school science curriculum for rising 10th-12th graders.
  • Trained in writing Regents Chemistry Exam at the State Education Department, Albany, New York
  • Attended monthly meetings to discuss ideas and concerns regarding laboratory safety.
  • Develop course syllabus and activities in conjunction with college department leadership.

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