Profession university literature lecturer

University literature 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, literature, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants in the preparation of lectures and of exams, in grading papers and exams and in leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of literature, 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

  • Literature

    The body of artistic writing characterized by beauty of expression, form, and universality of intellectual and emotional appeal.

  • Literary techniques

    The various approaches an author can use to enhance their writing and produce a specific effect; this can be the choice of a specific genre or the use of metaphors, allusions, and word play.

  • Types of literature genres

    The different literary genres in the history of literature, their technique, tone, content and length.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • History of literature

    The historical evolution of forms of writing that are meant to entertain, educate or to give instructions to the audience, such as fictional prose and poems. The techniques used to communicate these writings and the historical context in which they were written.

  • Literary theory

    The different genres of literature and the way they fit into specific scenes.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prepare lesson content

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

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • 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.

  • Teach principles of literature

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of literature, more specifically in reading and writing techniques, etymology and literary analysis.

  • 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.

  • Compile course material

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

assist in the organisation of school events assessment processes supervise educational staff publish academic research assist students in their learning keep records of attendance develop curriculum supervise doctoral students assist students with equipment provide lesson materials scientific research methodology facilitate teamwork between students rhetoric conduct qualitative research manage resources for educational purposes assist students with their dissertation monitor educational developments learning difficulties university procedures literary criticism provide career counselling present reports serve on academic committee conduct quantitative research work with virtual learning environments