The path to professorship by the numbers and why mentorship matters (2023)

It’s easy for aspiring students to envision the goal: a tenured professor happily researching, publishing, and inspiring young minds - getting paid to be a “finder outer”, as Harvard social psychologist Daniel Gilbert puts it. But the path to professorship is less clear. Is it really publish or perish? And why should we care about mentorship along the way?

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To get a sense of expectations for the academic job market, I turned to my own field, psychology, and scraped the CVs of over 150 current assistant professors (most hired in the past six years) from top-ranked research universities and small liberal art colleges (SLACs) – positions coveted by many budding academics. I’ve woven these data in below, and although not a random sample, it hopefully provides insights into the academic job market and what it takes to land a top job.

By The Numbers

In order to become a professor, you need a PhD.1 It comes as no surprise that PhD programs can be grueling as whip smart and hard-working graduate students stave off imposter syndrome and loneliness, attempting to gulp down new knowledge (often teaching themselves and learning on the fly) while trying to publish their own research amidst other responsibilities (e.g., teaching, mentoring, etc.).2 Adding to these challenges are uncertainties about how to secure an academic job.

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I think most advisors believe that when it comes to publishing papers, “quality trumps quantity,” and that’s probably true. But the days of publishing just one or two papers and landing a tenure-track professor position in the US are long gone. While your advisor or their advisor might have landed their first faculty position with a couple first-author papers and a few co-authored papers, that CV barely qualifies you for a good postdoc these days.

"When I started my career almost 30 years ago, a few peer-reviewed publications could secure an academic job at a storied institution…Today…a CV that used to get you a job now makes you competitive for a postdoctoral fellowship."

- Lisa Feldman Barrett, President of the Association for Psychological Science and University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University

This isn’t just folklore either. By sifting through stacks of CVs, and in line with findings from others (Pennycook & Thompson, 2018), there appears to be a positive correlation around .24 between the year an assistant professor was hired and the number of publications they had, suggesting that today’s early career researchers need to publish more and more.3

Moreover, I found that today’s top R1 (institutions that grant many doctoral degrees and have high research output) assistant professor of psychology hires have around 16 publications, about half of which are first author. These numbers might sound intimidating for graduate students, though it’s worth noting that the average hire was 5 years out from their PhD, with over 80% of these hires doing a postdoc and a quarter coming from a previous faculty position (see Table 1).

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Take a recent example.4 A US R1 university sought to hire a social psychologist at the assistant professor level. From 218 applicants (30% graduate students), they made four cuts using a set of predetermined criteria.

The first cut, emphasizing productivity and research quality, counted the number of publications in certain “top journals”: either prestigious journals (e.g., Nature) or field-specific journals (e.g., Journal of Experimental Social Psychology). Applicants with a sufficient number of “top journal” papers (e.g.,at least1 for graduate students, 2 for postdocs/early career faculty) moved forward. Those without were chopped,unless they had a strong research anddiversity statement to pull them backinto the running.

This first cut left 93 applicants (only 9 were “pulled back up” despite not meeting the publication cut-off). The second cut re-reviewed applicants’ research and diversity statements for specific criteria (e.g., communication of ideas, research synergy within the area and department, importance of discovery to the field and world), leaving 36 applicants. The third cut examined all materials except teaching statements, with almost all criteria in mind (e.g., broad thinking, productivity, quality of science, ability to win grants, contributions to diversity, open science), leaving 12 finalists who received Skype interviews.

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The average finalist at this stage had nearly 10 first-author papers, 3 in “top journals.”5 Although 3 finalists were postdocs and 2 were graduate students, a full 7 were already faculty.

The fourth cut relied on the Skype interviews, a full review of the applicant’s portfolio (including teaching statements) and calls to references (letter writers, former students and colleagues), to whittle down to a final 5 candidates who received on-campus interviews (i.e., job talks). Of those 5 final candidates, 3were facultyand 2 were postdocs.

The initial offer was made to one of the faculty. That a faculty applicant was the department’s top choice is an example of how landing one’s first faculty position may be the hardest. Once you have a faculty position, moving to new academic jobs becomes easier.

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Expectations for SLACs also include strong research and teaching records. While systematic data for non-R1 schools are harder to come by, I found that postings for psychology jobs at top-ranked SLACs appear to elicit upwards of 200 applicants. Of those hired as assistant professors, about half have done a year postdoc, and a third are coming from a previous faculty position (often a visiting assistant professorship). Hires typically have around 11 publications, about a third as first author, plus strong teaching experience including instructor on record for several courses and various TAships (see Table 1).

Profile of Assistant Professor Hires in Psychology from top-ranked R1s and SLACs

Up to and including the year they began their job…Research University (R1)
N = 112
Small Liberal Art College (SLAC)
N = 43
# of publications16 (22)11 (6)
# of 1st author publications
7(8)4 (3)
# of instructor of record1 (5)3 (4)
# of TAships1 (3)3 (4)
# of years since PhD5 (3)2 (4)
% who did a postdoc83%56%
% who had a prior faculty position (TT or NTT)27%35%

Raising the bar even more is an over-saturated academic job market. In 1970, there were around 2-3 psychology PhD graduates per assistant professor of psychology vacancy6 (Rose, 1972) yet in 2017 that number is around 8.7 This oversupply of PhDs spans across disciplines: Columbia University’s English department recently came under scrutiny for admitting 19 new doctoral candidates despite only placing 1 PhD candidate into a tenure-track job this year.

So yes, competition for academic jobs is fierce. And a look at those who landed prestigious academic jobs can be intimidating. But to learn what matters for landing faculty positions, we also need to look at those who weren’t hired and see what predicts job offers. Two surveys of job market applicants in this past year’s cycle (2018-2019) did just this.

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The first survey polled psychology job market applicants (N = 326; 64% had some academic offer) and found that, using common academic metrics, it was easier to predict landing an interview than to predict a job offer after landing an interview (Mehr & Pennycook, 2019). For example, sending out many applications and having more and well-cited papers was associated with landing an interview, but did not predict job offers. This pattern was mirrored in a second survey of mostly life science job market applicants (N = 317; 58% had some academic offer) (Fernandes & Sarabipour et al., 2019). Every academic job search has idiosyncrasies, and recent data suggest that collegiality and professionalism matter as much as anything at the interview stage (Boysen, Morton, & Nieves, 2019).

So while you of course need to be above a threshold to be considered for an interview – a bar that seems to rise each year – ultimately the fit of your research program as well as things like your interpersonal skills, teaching philosophy, and whims of a given year’s search committee, will determine whether you land the job.

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The good news is that there are many types of academic jobs to consider. In just the US, there are over 4,000 institutions of higher education, including over 1,000 community colleges, over 1,400 baccalaureate and master’s colleges/universities, and over 400 research universities (in fact only 3% of US institutions are R1 universities).8 And some smaller institutions or non-tenure track positions may have better work-life balance, better departmental climate, and allow employees to feel more valued for their teaching and service.

The perfect fit may be at any one of these types of academic jobs. For example, a colleague of mine who loves teaching and who studies how minority students can overcome the race gap in academic achievement, landed a tenure track position at a community college. She told me: “Fit totally matters…working at an institution with a diverse population that focuses on teaching while still supporting scholarship was ideal for me… I think in the current market, we focus so heavily on just getting a job somewhere that fit is often overlooked – and a bad fit will only mean that you’re soon back on the market.”

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As social psychologists Jay Van Bavel, Neil Lewis Jr., and Wil Cunningham wrote, to succeed on the academic job market you have to maximize the signal (i.e., have good materials tailored to each institution) and minimize the noise (i.e., apply as broadly as your situation allows, including to smaller universities or colleges as well as to neighboring disciplines or internationally). When considering where to apply, applicants should focus on job fit, weighing all of life’s factors.

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For many who want an R1 job (and who may be used to a big research university setting), they should ready themselves to begin their career with a postdoc or a “starter home” faculty job (i.e., at a smaller or less reputable school) before seeking their “dream home” faculty job.

Most importantly, PhD programs and faculty should be telling this to students at the outset. My colleague who works at the community college told me she didn’t even consider community colleges until someone, outside of the department, mentioned it in the fall of her final year, which completely changed her job search. Annual career workshops or presentations, such as Van Bavel and Lewis Jr.’s presentation on “Demystifying the academic job market” should become commonplace to help set appropriate goals and expectations for aspiring academics.

Admittedly, knowing that there are various academic jobs doesn’t remove the inequity and uncertainty in the academic job market. Fortune favors those who can apply broadly and there is still a lack of secure jobs – one of academia’s biggest issues. There is a case to be made for restructuring academia to support the rising “permadoc” workforce (Milojević, Radicchi, & Walsh, 2018) and rejecting the pyramid model where everyone is the head of their own crowded lab.

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Mentorship Matters

Whether you need 2 or 20 publications, the pressure to publish places a premium on finding supportive advisors at well-networked institutions who can steer your research in productive ways and navigate peer-review.

A good mentor can also help you keep your spirits lifted when you inevitably hit roadblocks or experience rejections. PhD students are more than six times as likely to experience depression and anxiety as the general population, and nearly half will leave their program before finishing.9 Among those who finish, the #2 reason given for making it through was mentorship and advising (#1 was financial support; and neither factor alone is sufficient).

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In my view, PIs have two main jobs: 1) recruit and mentor talented students who fit with the lab culture, 2) obtain funding to support the lab’s research. PIs of course need to publish regularly, and doing so helps them obtain funding and promotions, but such aims can be well aided by supporting their students and postdocs.

PhD students and postdocs are often the real foot soldiers of science, as they are the ones designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and taking the lead on writing manuscripts. As such, good mentors recognize that their own success is inextricably linked to that of their students and put their students’ interests ahead of their own. They cultivate their students’ independent research and provide guidance, from conception of research questions to writing of manuscripts and grants. Good mentors are able to step into the minutia of an experiment and zoom back out to consider the broader impacts of the work within the field. Good mentors regularly check in with their students about their career goals and feelings, offering advice and support.

But access to such advisors is a luxury only afforded to some, perpetuating inequality in the graduate school-to-professorship pipeline. A glance through any department would likely reveal a wide range of quality in advisors. These issues are compounded with broader graduate-school-to-professorship pipeline inequalities, such as the fact that just 25% of institutions produce 86% of all tenure-track faculty (Clauset, Arbesman, & Larremore, 2015) – a statistic not explained by meritocracy, and more likely reflecting factors such as social status.

And unfortunately, our system for hiring is mismatched. Data show that hiring committees for university professorships value a profusion of publications, ideally in high-impact journals (at least when deciding who to interview), but seem to forget thatPIs also spend much of their life mentoring postdocs and PhD students. Being a prolific scientist may be a signal that you know how to develop a good program of research, but it does not guarantee you know how to run a lab.

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Worse still, graduate students don’t gain experience leading a lab during graduate school (and only acquire some mentoring experience of undergraduates or peers), which means two things: 1) it’s hard to judge an applicant on their mentorship potential during a hiring decision, and 2) many PIs begin with little to no experience of a crucial aspect of their job.

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A better system might emphasize training for assistant professors so they can learn how to effectively manage a lab. Few institutions invest in managerial trainings for new assistant professor hires. Instead, junior faculty rely on colleagues or scattered advice from academic Twitter (#phdchat) about best practices for mentoring students or developing a lab manual.

The academic job market is competitive, and we should be filling the professorship ranks with good mentors, both for the sanity of their students and the future of academics.


Special thanks to Jasmin Sandelson, Jillian Jordan, Gordon Kraft-Todd, Philip Pärnamets, Elizabeth Harris, Claire Robertson, Steve Hall, Gordon Pennycook, Samuel Mehr, Jon Freeman, Tessa West, and Jay Van Bavel for their insightful edits and feedback.


1 Gaining entrance to a PhD program is a feat itself. Applicants tend to be a highly selective group to begin with and even among such a qualified pool, acceptance rates hover around 10-20%. In fact less than 2% of the US population holds a PhD.

2 Evolutionary anthropologist Dorsa Amir offers fantastic advice for what to expect in graduate school and how to navigate the ups and downs. And physical chemist Martin Schwartz reminds us about “the importance of stupidity in scientific research”.

3I took a weighted average between the correlation found by Pennycook & Thompson (2018),r(64) = .48,p= .001, and the correlation in my dataset,r(145) = .14,p= .091, to give an overall rough estimate.

4I corresponded with a faculty member on the search committee at this institution to learn about this process. To respect the privacy of applicants and the department, I was asked to keep this anonymous.

5If counting co-authored work, the average Skype finalist had 6 papers in “top journals”. As reference, one graduate student finalist had 4 first-author papers, 2 of which were in “top journals”, and the other graduate student finalist had 3 first-author papers, 1 of which was in a “top journal”.

6Even these 1970 numbers are likely an overestimate, as the data are limited to established psychology departments with graduate training (listed by the National Council of Chairmen of Graduate Departments of Psychology), and do not count positions offered by undergraduate-only institutions or non NCCGDP institutions.

7SeeNSF dataon number of graduates and this helpfulblog postwith data on psychology job postings.

8The remainder of US institutions are special focus institutions (e.g., technical professions) or tribal colleges.

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9Seewhy some left their PhDand advice they would give to current or prospective doctoral students.


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What are the 3 major components of an academic professor's job? ›

However, broadly speaking, a college professor is responsible for work in three areas – research, teaching, and service. There may be some nuances based on someone's contract; but the three are fairly typical in the U.S.

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How can I gain my professorship? ›

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Whereas a favorable tenure vote signifies that the institution views you as a “keeper,” promotion to full professor signifies that you have amassed a record of exemplary teaching, influential scholarship, and effective service.

What type of professors are in demand? ›

Adjunct professors in academic departments related to health care, such as science, nursing, and pre-med subjects, are in very high demand. The greatest need for adjunct professors is in fields related to law, business, psychology, engineering, architecture, biology, economics, and criminal science.

What is the main duty of a professor? ›

Conducting research, fieldwork, and investigations, and writing up reports. Publishing research, attending conferences, delivering presentations, and networking with others in the field. Traveling to other universities or academic settings to participate in learning opportunities and gain experience.

How long should a research statement be for a professor job? ›

General Guidelines: Usually one to two pages in length but no longer than three pages. Make it readable: use informative subheadings, bullets, and line breaks; one-inch margins; and an easily readable font size (11 or 12 point).

How do you write a research experience in your personal statement? ›

Here's a checklist of what you should include: Your reasons for choosing your topic of research. The aspects of your topic of research that interest you most. Any skills and abilities gained from work experience, placement or voluntary work, particularly if it's relevant to your subject.

How do you start a research statement? ›

Your statement should start by articulating the broader field that you are working within and the larger question or questions that you are interested in answering. It should then move to articulate your specific interest. The body of your statement should include a brief history of your past research.

How hard is it to get a professorship? ›

Overall, it's extremely difficult to become a professor. Nowadays, there are many more qualified applicants than there are full-time, college-level teaching positions, making tenure-track jobs in particular highly competitive.

What percentage of PhD students become professors? ›

Between 10% and 30% of PhD alumni get a permanent position at academia. Often around 70% of PhD alumni want to work in academia.

Can you be a professor without teaching? ›

It's perfectly possible. I'm at a UK Russell group university. I work with two professors with no teaching commitment whatsoever.

How long does it take to become a full professor? ›

Associate Professors continue their responsibilities as a professor, with the goal of expanding their research and building their body of work. After approximately 6 years, Associate Professors have the option of applying for promotion to Full Professor.

How long does it take to be promoted to full professor? ›

Given that the norm is roughly 6 years to professor it is most likely that anything prior to that will be considered early, and expectations may be higher.

What do you call a professor with a masters? ›

Master levels are called Instructor. Now because some people get in a snit about the title of Doctor the custom is to only call people with PhD's Doctors. If you are a grad student and are called professor you should correct the person because it is a title that people earn with an additional 5 to 8 years of study.

Why do you want to become a professor? ›

It's a rewarding job: It allows you to make a living. But it's more rewarding to see your students learn and develop skills you taught them. iv.) Provides job security: There is always a high demand for professors in higher education institutes around the world.

What professor are most in demand? ›

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Which subject is best for become a professor? ›

Students aspiring to become a Professor, can pursue Arts, Science and Commerce courses, depending on the subjects that they want to study further.

What skills are needed to be a professor? ›

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What do professors do all day? ›

As I mentioned, professors are responsible for teaching, research, advising students, grant writing, administration of grant budgets and workloads for persons working in the lab, institutional committees (curriculum planning, graduate student committees, candidate search committees), and community outreach ( ...

What are the three primary responsibilities of a faculty member? ›

The faculty role generally encompasses three areas of responsibility: Teaching, Research, and Service.

Should I include references in my research statement? ›

Yes. Definitely. This gives the reader an indication of how your work fits into the larger body of research in the field. Without references, it may appear that you are working in an area that is so obscure that nobody cares about it.

How do you present a future research plan? ›

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What is your statement of purpose? ›

A statement of purpose (SOP), sometimes referred to as a personal statement, is a critical piece of a graduate school application that tells admissions committees who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and how you'll add value to the graduate program you're applying to.

How do you sell yourself in a personal statement? ›

Start with why you're the perfect fit for a place on your course. Mention the most important aspects of your relevant skills and experience early. Prove the points you've introduced – it's here you'd talk about your current and previous studies, your skills, and your work experience.

What should a 500 word personal statement include? ›

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How do you write a personal summary for yourself? ›

A resume personal statement should include:
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What is an example of a good problem statement? ›

We must reduce our turnaround time by 50%, improve response time and follow through significantly to improve communication and meet our targets.” A problem statement defines the gap between your desired goal and the current state of things.

What makes a good research statement? ›

It should discuss the importance, applications and the contribution it makes to the relevant field. It should briefly describe the contribution of every student in the research project, if the research was made as a team. It should include an acknowledgement of the work of other researchers in the field.

What is your future research plan? ›

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What is the average salary of a university professor? ›

Average Professor Salary by Institution Type, 2021-22
All Institution TypesPrivate or Independent
Associate Professor$97,724$110,651
Assistant Professor$85,063$96,657
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Is becoming a professor a good career choice? ›

The job outlook for a professor is good, with stable job opportunities available in private and government educational institutions. The national average salary for professors is ₹8,44,895 per year . An assistant professor earns ₹5,11,686 per year , and an adjunct professor earns ₹5,57,296 per year .

Is professor a stressful job? ›

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This insecurity is stressful, and means that you have to be constantly vigilant about finding and applying for new roles. It certainly is not for everyone. If you do successfully get a permanent job as a professor, there is also the issue of compensation.

What is the easiest PhD to get? ›

Examples of the easiest PhD programs: PhD Psychology. PhD Counselor Education and Supervision. PhD Business Management.
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Do most PhD students become professors? ›

These data show that less than 0.5% of science PhD students will ever become full professors, while just 3.5% will obtain lower-ranking permanent positions as research staff at universities.

At what age do people become professors? ›

On average, the time that elapses between entering graduate school and attaining the rank of Full Professor in a university is 17-20 years. Promotion can also be through open competition, usually at another institution.

Can you call yourself a professor without a PhD? ›

Not all professors have PhDs. In fine arts, social work, and law, many professors will have an MFA, MSW, or JD (respectively) rather than a doctoral degree. And although some professors might also be doctors, “Professor” is a higher rank and thus tends to be preferred.

How many hours a week do professors work? ›

Despite broad consensus among professors that their job isn't for slackers, they tend to disagree, primarily among themselves, about exactly how hard they work. While some scholars say they maintain a traditional 40-hour workweek, others contend they have a superhuman workload.

Can I be a professor without a PhD? ›

PhD will not be mandatory to teach in central universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said. The move is being taken by the commission so that more industry experts who do not have PhDs can be appointed as assistant professors across universities.

How old is the youngest professor? ›

The world's youngest professor, Alia Sabur made the Guinness World Record for being a lecturer in the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Seoul's Konkuk University at the age of 18.
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How many publications does a full professor have? ›

Hires typically have around 11 publications, about a third as first author, plus strong teaching experience including instructor on record for several courses and various TAships (see Table 1). Up to and including the year they began their job… Table 1.

Do tenured professors get paid for life? ›

Most institutions don't differentiate pay, based upon being a tenure track professor. Instead, tenure is an earned privilege that provides lifetime job security.

How can I get full professorship? ›

A full profssor is someone who has achieved the highest level of professorship at an American university. To become a full professor you will likely need to first complete a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) program and receive your degree.

How much does a Harvard professor make per year? ›

The estimated total pay for a Professor at Harvard University is $158,293 per year.

What does it mean to be promoted to professor? ›

The promotion to full professor is based on achievement rather than promise. The candidate should have made additional substantial contributions that have had a significant impact in the field, beyond the contribution that earned tenure.

Is it rude to call a doctor professor? ›

You should refer to your university instructor as “Doctor.” (You can also call her Professor, in the United States). “Doctor” and “Professor” are gender-neutral terms. They work equally well for women and men.

Do professors make more than doctors? ›

Yet, if you compare the salaries of a starting professor (assistant professor) to a starting primary care physician, professors earn less than half on average nationally. ($80,677 for assistant professor versus $201,860 for physicians).

Can I call my professor sir? ›

Address them as Sir or by their given prefix. Not all college teachers will have received their professorship, but all of them will be at least a doctor. So, call them Sir or for example, Doctor Smith, or Professor Brown.

What are the job specification of a college professor? ›

Conducting research, publishing papers, and attending conferences. Attending academic events and networking with other researchers and field experts. Supervising, advising, and mentoring teaching assistants and graduate students. Participating in faculty and departmental meetings.

What skills do professors need? ›

College Professors - Skills and Abilities
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  • Read and understand work-related materials.
  • Understand written information.
  • Understand spoken information.
  • Write clearly so other people can understand.
  • Listen to others and ask questions.

What are the job specification of a college teacher? ›

Their duties include assigning homework, grading tests, documenting progress and keeping up with parent communication. They communicate and evaluate needs to ensure every student feels challenged but not overwhelmed by the material being covered.

What do research professors do? ›

Research professors are faculty members whose primary effort is in research rather than instruction. Research faculty appointments are not tenure track appointments, and research professors may be called on to teach or provide services for specific and appropriate assignments.

What is the average salary of a university professor? ›

Average Professor Salary by Institution Type, 2021-22
All Institution TypesPrivate or Independent
Associate Professor$97,724$110,651
Assistant Professor$85,063$96,657
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Is it hard to become a college professor? ›

Overall, it's extremely difficult to become a professor. Nowadays, there are many more qualified applicants than there are full-time, college-level teaching positions, making tenure-track jobs in particular highly competitive.

Do I need a PhD to be a professor? ›

Professors generally need a doctorate for entry-level positions. Most professors dedicate a decade to their postsecondary education before teaching their first class.

What are the characteristics of a good professor? ›

These studies have identified a number of key qualities that build the profile of an effective teacher, including expert pedagogical skills, strong communication skills, passion for their profession (Murray, 2021), effective classroom management strategies, and solid knowledge of the subject matter or the field.

Why you should be a professor? ›

Professors often choose their career path because they enjoy teaching and want to share their knowledge with other people. They have the potential to make a difference in young people's lives through their teaching. Many professors find mentoring students to help them succeed in their classes and careers rewarding.

How many hours a week do professors work? ›

Despite broad consensus among professors that their job isn't for slackers, they tend to disagree, primarily among themselves, about exactly how hard they work. While some scholars say they maintain a traditional 40-hour workweek, others contend they have a superhuman workload.

Can you be a professor with a bachelor's degree? ›

Hopeful professors must continue their education with a graduate degree. Generally, those who want to work as professors at community colleges are required to earn a master's degree, while those who want to teach at four-year colleges and universities should earn a doctorate.

What are the 10 roles of a teacher? ›

The following 10 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools' success.
  • Resource Provider. Teachers help their colleagues by sharing instructional resources. ...
  • Instructional Specialist. ...
  • Curriculum Specialist. ...
  • Classroom Supporter. ...
  • Learning Facilitator. ...
  • Mentor. ...
  • School Leader. ...
  • Data Coach.

What does a professor do all day? ›

A Day in the Life of a Professor. College professors organize and conduct the functions of higher education. They engage in a variety of activities, from running laboratory experiments and supervising graduate student research to conducting large undergraduate lectures and writing textbooks.

What does a professor do in a day? ›

A typical day for a professor includes teaching classes to graduate and undergraduate students. They're expected to publish academic papers in peer-reviewed journals. Professors hold office hours to assist students who have difficulties with their courses. Occasionally, they give lectures at conferences.

What do professors do when they are not teaching? ›

Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts. Professors usually work for large universities. In this setting, they often spend a large portion of their time conducting research and experiments and applying for grants to fund their research. Frequently, they spend less time teaching.


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