CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach courses in biological sciences. 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 molecular biology, marine biology, and botany.
 
Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
 
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
 
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
 
Supervise students' laboratory work.
 
Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
 
Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
 
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Act as advisers to student organizations.
 
Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
 
Participate in campus and community events.
 
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological 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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
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.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
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Anatomy and Physiology Instructor
Apiculture Teacher
Applied Biology Professor
Arboriculture Teacher
Bacteriology Professor
Bacteriology Teacher
Basic Sciences Professor
Biochemistry Professor
Biochemistry Teacher
Biological Sciences Instructor
Biological Sciences Professor
Biology Department Chair
Biology Faculty Member
Biology Instructor
Biology Professor
Biology Teacher
Biophysics Professor
Biophysics Teacher
Botany Professor
Botany Teacher
Cardiology Teacher
Chemistry Professor
College Professor
College or University Faculty Member
Cytology Teacher
Ecology Teacher
Embryology Professor
Embryology Teacher
Endocrinology Teacher
Entomology Teacher
Environmental Science Professor
Etiology Teacher
Faculty Member
Genetics Teacher
Helminthology Teacher
Herpetology Teacher
Human Anatomy Teacher
Ichthyology Teacher
Instructor
Lab Coordinator
Lab Instructor
Lecturer
Life Sciences Teacher
Limnology Teacher
Mammalogy Teacher
Math and Science Instructor
Microbiology Professor
Microbiology Teacher
Morphology Teacher
Mycology Teacher
Natural Sciences Department Chair
Nematology Teacher
Ornithology Teacher
Osteology Teacher
Parasitology Teacher
Physical and Life Sciences Department Chair
Phytopathology Teacher
Plant Anatomy Teacher
Plant Physiology Teacher
Plant Taxonomy Teacher
Professor
Protozoology Teacher
Research Professor
Science Faculty Member
Science Instructor
Science Professor
Taxonomy Teacher
Zoology Professor
Zoology Teacher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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