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What does a Professor do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

What are the Main Tasks of a Professor?

  • Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
  • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate the activities of personnel, including support staff, engaged in administering academic institutions, departments or alumni organizations.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate departmental personnel.
  • Participate in student recruitment, selection, and admission, making admissions recommendations when required to do so.
  • Formulate strategic plans for the institution.
  • Plan, administer, and control budgets, maintain financial records, and produce financial reports.
  • Establish operational policies and procedures and make any necessary modifications, based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information.
  • Participate in faculty and college committee activities.
  • Represent institutions at community and campus events, in meetings with other institution personnel, and during accreditation processes.
  • Promote the university by participating in community, state, and national events or meetings, and by developing partnerships with industry and secondary education institutions.
  • Appoint individuals to faculty positions, and evaluate their performance.
  • Direct activities of administrative departments such as admissions, registration, and career services.
  • Assess and collect tuition and fees.
  • Teach courses within their department.
  • Consult with government regulatory and licensing agencies to ensure the institution's conformance with applicable standards.
  • Coordinate the production and dissemination of university publications such as course catalogs and class schedules.
  • Develop curricula, and recommend curricula revisions and additions.
  • Determine course schedules, and coordinate teaching assignments and room assignments to ensure optimum use of buildings and equipment.
  • Provide assistance to faculty and staff in duties such as teaching classes, conducting orientation programs, issuing transcripts, and scheduling events.
  • Write grants to procure external funding, and supervise grant-funded projects.
  • Review registration statistics, and consult with faculty officials to develop registration policies.
  • Review student misconduct reports requiring disciplinary action, and counsel students regarding such reports.
  • Direct and participate in institutional fundraising activities, and encourage alumni participation in such activities.
  • Plan and promote sporting events and social, cultural, and recreational activities.
  • Confer with other academic staff to explain and formulate admission requirements and course credit policies.
  • Direct scholarship, fellowship, and loan programs, performing activities such as selecting recipients and distributing aid.
  • Audit the financial status of student organizations and facility accounts.
  • Oversee facilities management for the university, including construction, repair, and maintenance projects.
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