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