CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as urbanization, environmental systems, and cultural geography.
 
Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
 
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
 
Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
 
Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
 
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
 
Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
 
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Participate in campus and community events.
 
Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
Maintain geographic information systems laboratories, performing duties such as updating software.
 
Perform spatial analysis and modeling using geographic information system techniques.
 
Act as advisers to student organizations.
 
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cartography Professor
Cartography Teacher
College Professor
College or University Faculty Member
GIS Instructor (Geographic Information Systems Instructor)
GIS Professor
Geographic Information Systems Professor
Geography Department Chair
Geography Instructor
Geography Professor
Geology Instructor
Geology Professor
Geomatics Professor
History Professor
Instructor
Lecturer
Professor
Social Science Professor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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