Profession higher education lecturer
University professors teach tertiary students in one or more subject areas and conduct research projects. They may also perform management tasks, e.g. preparing departmental budgets.
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- Social / Investigative
Tasks higher education lecturer
- Plan and prepare university courses (graduate, undergraduate) in collaboration with other staff.
- Prepare and deliver lectures for university courses (graduate, undergraduate) and supervise other staff in conducting classes.
- Evaluate and grade graduate and undergraduate students' work and research.
- Read, review and discuss journal articles, books and papers.
- Participate in professional conferences, e.g. by delivering lectures, presentations, chairing sessions, etc.
- Initiate scientific research projects and gather funds.
- Conduct scientific research in field of specialization, individually or by participating in a research group.
- Direct research projects of graduate students and staff.
- Publish research findings in scholarly journals or books.
- Perform management tasks, e.g. developing policy and preparing departmental budgets.
- Provide consultative services to external institutions or organizations, e.g. government or industry.
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- Curriculum objectives
The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.
- Assessment processes
Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.
- University procedures
The inner workings of a university, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.
- Assist students in their learning
Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.
- Give constructive feedback
Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
- Perform classroom management
Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.
- Liaise with educational support staff
Communicate with education management, such as the school principal and board members, and with the education support team such as the teaching assistant, school counsellor or academic advisor on issues relating the students' well-being.
- Guarantee students' safety
Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
- Assess students
Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.
- Apply teaching strategies
Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.
- Develop course outline
Research and establish an outline of the course to be taught and calculate a time frame for the instructional plan in accordance with school regulations and curriculum objectives.
- Apply intercultural teaching strategies
Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.
- Liaise with educational staff
Communicate with the school staff such as teachers, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the principal on issues relating to students' well-being. In the context of a university, liaise with the technical and research staff to discuss research projects and courses-related matters.
- Prepare lesson content
Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.