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Become A Visiting Professor

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Working As A Visiting Professor

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

  • $118,132

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Visiting Professor does

  • Designed and piloted online version of statistics and calculus courses.
  • Helped design new Psychology BS.
  • Prepared report & list of policy recommendations and submitted to MH RA.
  • Survey of American Literature I, one semester.
  • Developed and instructed on-line theory course in nursing and human aging.
  • Performed lectures and instructs students on hands-on laboratories.
  • Analyze and apply social responsibility and business ethics in the workplace.
  • Teach Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Analysis and Design.
  • Hired to teach ELL foundations courses and Language Arts.
  • Plan and actively facilitate weekly online discussions to promote student learning and engagement.
  • Developed and executed Economics curriculum for 140 college students per term.
  • Teach Spanish classes of 300 and 400 hundred levels.
  • State Department liaison to the Department of Defense and the U.S. interagency.
  • Developed and taught courses in physical chemistry, instrumental methods and analytical and general chemistry including practical laboratory sessions.
  • Instructed students in specialized history courses.
  • Graduate level summer course in 1-week intensive workshop format.
  • Lead planning in curriculum development & assessment.
  • Outlined student financial literacy, both causes and consequences of debt, as a course focus.
  • Coordinated and taught courses in field work and Advanced Social Work methods
  • Developed and taught a new special topics graduate course in 2D-NMR Spectroscopy.

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How To Become A Visiting Professor

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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Real Visiting Professor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Visiting Professor University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $450,000
Visiting Professor University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $450,000
Visiting Professor of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2014 $370,004
Visiting Professor The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2014 $346,442
Visiting Professor Yale University New Haven, CT Aug 28, 2014 $322,963
Visiting Professor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $300,000
Visiting Professor/Professor State University of New York at Stony Brook Berkeley, CA Jan 01, 2014 $286,000 -
$352,581
Visiting Professor/Professor State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Jul 01, 2013 $286,000 -
$289,026
Visiting Professor/Professor State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Aug 15, 2013 $286,000 -
$289,026
Visiting Professor/Professor State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Jan 01, 2014 $286,000 -
$352,581
Visiting Professor Buck Institute for Research On Aging Novato, CA Jan 01, 2016 $280,000
Visiting Professor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2015 $134,750
Visiting Professor Hunter College of The City University of New York New York, NY Jan 28, 2015 $131,072
Visiting Professor Hunter College of The City University of New York New York, NY Jan 29, 2016 $131,072
Visiting Professor Hunter College of The City University of New York New York, NY Aug 25, 2016 $131,072
Visiting Professor Hunter College of The City University of New York New York, NY Aug 27, 2014 $131,072
Visiting Professor Brown University Providence, RI Sep 02, 2014 $129,394
Visiting Professor Brown University Providence, RI Feb 01, 2013 $129,394
Visiting Professor University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Aug 23, 2016 $125,000
Visiting Professor California State University Fullerton Fullerton, CA Jan 24, 2013 $89,004
Visiting Professor of Management and International The Univeristy of Southern Missisippi Hattiesburg, MS Jun 14, 2013 $85,000
Visiting Professor Rowan University PA Jan 12, 2016 $84,528
Visiting Professor Indiana University Bloomington, IN Jan 01, 2014 $84,000
Visiting Professor The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Jan 01, 2013 $83,480
Visiting Professor University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Jul 01, 2015 $80,266
Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor Georgetown University Washington, DC Aug 01, 2014 $80,000
Visiting Professor Global Health Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA May 25, 2015 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Visiting Professor

UndergraduateCoursesCurriculumDevelopmentOnlineDiscussionsClassesLabMethodsPhysicalChemistryCoursesTaughtLanguagePrinciplesHistoryPolicyTheoryTopicsEthicsPsychologySemesterArtFinancialStatistics

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Top Visiting Professor Skills

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Online Discussions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Subject Matter expert for development of undergraduate courses in the engineering and computer science program.
  • Lead planning in curriculum development & assessment.
  • Plan and actively facilitate weekly online discussions to promote student learning and engagement.
  • Recommended changes and improvements to coursework including increasing reading comprehension classes and grammar structure.
  • Graded homework and laboratory assignments, exams, and class discussions.

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