Profession psychology lecturer

Psychology lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, psychology, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants for the preparation of lectures and of exams, for grading papers and exams and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of psychology, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising
  • Social / Investigative
  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Conventional
  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Psychological theories

    The historical development of counselling and psychological theories, as well as the perspectives, applications, and interviewing and counselling strategies.

  • Human psychological development

    The human psychological development across the lifespan, theories of personality development, cultural and environmental influences, human behavior, including developmental crises, disability, exceptional behavior, and addictive behavior.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

  • Psychological concepts

    The psychological concepts of health protection and health promotion.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

Skills

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • 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.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monitor developments in field of expertise

    Keep up with new research, regulations, and other significant changes, labour market related or otherwise, occurring within the field of specialisation.

  • 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.

  • Compile course material

    Write, select or recommend a syllabus of learning material for the students enrolled in the course.

Optional knowledge and skills

psychological counselling methods supervise educational staff provide technical expertise learning difficulties work with virtual learning environments conduct quantitative research funding methods discuss research proposals participate in scientific colloquia conduct qualitative research supervise doctoral students assist students with equipment monitor educational developments psychological diagnostics manage resources for educational purposes provide lesson materials psychiatry present reports psychiatric disorders assist students with their dissertation interpret psychological tests scientific research methodology university procedures keep records of attendance conduct scholarly research behavioural disorders assessment processes provide career counselling facilitate teamwork between students serve on academic committee establish collaborative relations pedagogy develop curriculum assist students in their learning conduct psychological research publish academic research assist in the organisation of school events