How to become college professor

As a college professor there will be certain skills you will need in order to be successful in your career. Not everyone is meant for teaching and while you may be passionate about a subject, sometimes you cannot convey or communicate certain themes and topics cohesively enough to a person who is not as versed in the subject. The journey to becoming a professor is a long one, so it’s important you want to be sure this is the career path you wish to chose. Here are some of the important skills you will need as a college professor.
• Communication skills. As stated above, it’s important to be able to convey information effectively to your students. Those who are college professors have had years studying a certain subject and need to understand that the students they are teaching are just at the beginning stages of learning. Being able to communicate topics and concepts to students with ease will not only make the professor’s job easier, it will also help students grasp the subject better. Communication does not only mean presentation through speaking it also means you must be able to write concisely and efficiently as well. It can be hard for students to understand or comprehend a concept or theme if you can’t properly communicate it through text.
• Time management. Besides teaching, there will be a lot of professors who will want to pursue other goals such as publishing their research findings or their dissertation. This means you must find a balance between teaching and your independent work. Besides being in the classroom, you will also have to hold office hours so students are able to meet up with you and speak to you with any concerns they have. Additionally you will also need to set aside time to be able to grade assignments and exams. You must take all these things into consideration and create a schedule that will best suit your needs and your students as well.
• Perceptiveness. As a professor, you will need to be socially aware of your students. Holding class discussions will allow you to see their reactions to certain concepts and themes and also their reasoning behind these reactions. This allows your educational and social development. Perceptiveness may also mean gaging whether or not students understand what you are trying to teach. Sometimes professors can move along in the topic at a faster speed than students can keep up. It’s important to be aware of these situations.
• The ability to be open-minded and non-judgmental. While you may have your own opinions, it’s important to take into consideration views and opinions that may not agree with your own. Unless it’s a standard formula, things can be open for debate. Allowing for this debate can help students learn more and also teach them to more open-minded as well. It’s always important to ask why students feel the way they feel about the subject and to find the factual evidence to back it up. You may be surprised at the things you can learn from people who have a fresher perspective on a certain subject.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1081.00
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm#tab-1

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