University Lecturer


University lecturers teach tertiary students in one or more subject areas and conduct research projects.

Duties & Tasks

University lecturers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare and deliver lectures, tutorials and practical classes
  • assess student assignments and grade student performance
  • supervise research students
  • discuss with students their progress and/or aspirations
  • organise and conduct field trips and excursions or other learning activities
  • research a specialised field of study and publish the findings in books or professional and academic journals
  • attend meetings and conferences related to research
  • plan courses in consultation with other staff, arrange course timetables and coordinate and supervise teaching assistants to conduct classes
  • serve on departmental or faculty committees dealing with general departmental and administrative concerns
  • prepare departmental budgets and associated reports
  • provide professional consultative services to government and industry.

Working Conditions

University lecturers may be employed on a full-time, part-time, contractual or casual basis. With further training and experience, a university lecturer may be promoted to a position of educational leadership, such as dean of a faculty, or a head of school or college principal.

Personal Requirements

  • academic ability
  • interested in original research
  • enjoy, and have aptitude for, teaching
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • confidence in presenting information to an audience and fielding questions
  • able to work as part of a team
  • leadership skills
  • organisational and supervisory skills
  • able to analyse and solve problems.
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