Thank goodness for Google!
I started thinking about “faculty duties,” and I figured I was a little “stuck.” Sure, I could think of “teaching, publishing, and advising”; but that seemed brief. A quick googling fleshed things out.
For example, http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/training/competencies/pages/Professor.aspx revealed a laundry list that I quote below:
“Responsibilities of college and university professors usually include:
- Prepare and conduct lectures and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students
- Publish empirical and theoretical research in a variety of scholarly journals
- Advise students with respect to academic performance, career opportunities, and pursuit of advanced degrees
- Mentor and advise new academics, typically teaching assistants, research assistants, and junior faculty members
- Carry out administrative and managerial duties, including chairing committees, serving as head of an academic department, and representing the university in the community at large “
If you’re interested in Bill Gates’ thoughts on the core competencies that go along with these responsibilities, check out the link above. You might not have to be a saint according to Gate’s, but it sure won’t hurt if you are!