CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as classical political thought, international relations, and democracy and citizenship.
 
Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
 
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
 
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.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
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.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Participate in campus and community events.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
 
Act as advisers to student organizations.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
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.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
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.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science 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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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).
 
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.
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Chair
College Professor
College or University Faculty Member
Economics Professor
Faculty Member
Geopolitics Teacher
Government Professor
Government Teacher
History Professor
Instructor
International Relations Professor
International Relations Teacher
Legal Instructor
Political Science Chair
Political Science Instructor
Political Science Professor
Political Theory Professor
Professor
Public Administration Professor
Public Administration Teacher
Public Policy Professor
Social Sciences Chair
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair
Sociology Professor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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