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Become A Social Sciences Lecturer

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Working As A Social Sciences Lecturer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Make Decisions

  • $79,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Social Sciences Lecturer Do At Suny College at Plattsburgh

* The successful candidate will be expected to be active in teaching, as well as engaged in department and campus-wide service.
* The full-time teaching load is 12 credits per semester.
* The successful candidate may be asked to teach courses in a distance learning format

How To Become A Social Sciences Lecturer

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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Social Sciences Lecturer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    57.3%
  • Female

    38.8%
  • Unknown

    3.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    60.2%
  • Asian

    20.5%
  • Unknown

    10.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.7%
  • Black or African American

    2.3%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    40.0%
  • French

    15.0%
  • Hindi

    15.0%
  • Arabic

    10.0%
  • Chinese

    5.0%
  • Carrier

    5.0%
  • Urdu

    5.0%
  • Bengali

    5.0%
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Real Social Sciences Lecturer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lecturer, Department of Earth System Science University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA Oct 08, 2016 $100,032
Lecturer, Computer Science Morgan State University Baltimore, MD Jul 15, 2015 $60,000
Lecturer In The Social Sciences Core The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2011 $56,500
Lecturer of Computer Science University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Nov 20, 2014 $56,080
Lecturer of Computer Science North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Aug 24, 2011 $54,366 -
$66,784
University Lecturer In Computer Science North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Aug 23, 2011 $54,150 -
$60,000
Lecturer of Biological Sciences University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Dec 10, 2016 $54,100
Lecturer of Spatial Sciences The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA May 16, 2016 $52,800
Lecturer, Computer Science Morgan State University Baltimore, MD Jul 15, 2012 $52,800
University Lecturer Biological Sciences North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Aug 16, 2009 $50,714 -
$54,262
Lecturer In The Social Sciences Core The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2013 $50,171
Lecturer of Computer Science The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville, TX Sep 01, 2015 $50,000 -
$60,000
Lecturer of Computer Science University of Texas-Permian Basin Odessa, TX Dec 15, 2015 $48,188

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Top Skills for A Social Sciences Lecturer

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Top Social Sciences Lecturer Skills

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Efficient Curriculum
  3. C++
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and implemented an efficient curriculum for an academic year.
  • Prepared lab materials and helped the professor manage the labs.
  • Delivered appealing and quality bilingual instruction (English/Spanish) in the subject areas of biology, space science, and chemistry.
  • Designed and taught classes in database, programming languages, and introductory CS.
  • Prepared lecture notes, assignments to help students to understand the concepts of the subject.

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