CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
 
Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as race and ethnic relations, measurement and data collection, and workplace social relations.
 
Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
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.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
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.
 
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
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: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
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.
 
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.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
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.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
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.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Anthropology Professor
College Professor
College or University Faculty Member
Comparative Sociology Professor
Department of Sociology Chair
Faculty Member
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Humanities Professor
Instructor
Lecturer
Marriage and Family Teacher
Professor
Psychology Professor
Race Relations Professor
Social Organization Professor
Social Science Instructor
Social Science Professor
Social Sciences Department Chair
Social and Political Studies Professor
Sociology Instructor
Sociology Professor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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