What do Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary do?

Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, and work motivation.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Develop and use multimedia course materials and other current technology, such as online courses.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Provide clinical services to clients, such as assessing psychological problems and conducting psychotherapy.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Supervise the clinical work of practicum students.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Review books and journal articles for potential publication.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Participate in campus and community events.

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Necessary Skills

  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Instructing
  • Science