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Professor Job Description

The following is a sample job description for a Professor to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


A Professor is a person who has been trained to teach others. They share their knowledge and experience with others in a way that is often very effective. There are many different types of professors, including those who teach in universities, colleges, or schools; those who teach online; and those who teach at home.

Professors spend much of their time teaching classes. They help students learn by sharing their own knowledge and experience with them. Professors may also conduct research projects, write articles for journals or books, and edit manuscripts for other people’s books.

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  • Prepare and deliver lectures, engage in discussions with students, and perform assignments.
  • Guide students to understand the material in class.
  • Encourage students to do their best work by providing positive feedback and guiding them through assignments.
  • Study new topics and apply knowledge gained from previous classes on a regular basis.
  • Serving as the department chairperson and providing leadership to the department.
  • Serving on committees, task forces, and other groups that meet regularly to discuss issues related to teaching, learning, and research (e.g., curriculum development).
  • Preparing materials for teaching classes.
  • Planning and conducting courses (e.g., developing lectures).
  • Reviewing student work for in-progress exams and assignments.


  • Doctorate degree in the field of study.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in teaching and/or research.
  • Experience with research methods and design.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Be able to teach courses in both English and another language when appropriate.
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Be punctual and able to work long hours.
  • Have a desire to learn new things; have a sense of humor.
  • Enjoy helping others learn new skills or improve existing ones.

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