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Applying for a Non-Tenure Track Lecturer Position

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A non-tenure track lecturer position does not mean that you are on track for receiving a permanent position at the university. This position is a contractual one, usually for one academic year at a time or for two semesters. At some universities, lecturers can receive contracts for two rolling terms, which means they will have an initial two-year contract and then automatically receive a contract for a further two years. In order to be hired for such a position you must have at least a Masterís degree with at least a B average. Ideal candidates for such a position will either hold a Ph.D or be working towards attaining this degree.

A requirement for being hired as a non-tenure track lecturer position is to have published scholarly writings in your area of expertise. You should also have a record of having carried out original research. You don’t necessarily need to have teaching experience, but if you do it will go a long way towards getting hired for the job. As a research student you can gain this teaching experience by taking on teaching duties getting paid on a hourly rate. If you are looking for a job as a lecturer at a vocational or technical college, you will need to have the appropriate educational skills as well as experience working in the industry.

In a non – tenure track lecturer position you will have to teach classes on your own. This means you need to have knowledge of the curriculum outcomes for the course, how to plan and deliver lessons for these outcomes and how to assess students to determine whether or not they have achieved the outcomes. Lectures, demonstrations and seminars are some of the ways you can deliver the curriculum for the courses you teach. When you are first hired as a lecturer, you will likely be responsible for only one course during the first term of your job. This can increase in the second term and as you become more experienced.

You will also determine the textbooks and teaching materials you need to have for the course when you work as a non-tenure track lecturer. You will also act as a coach to students who seem to be experiencing problems or need extra help for them to achieve success. The ability to conduct research is also important, as this is a component of the position. Then when you publish the results of this research, this contributes to your scholarly writings that can help you gain a promotion to a tenure track position. Being able to supervise student research is another aspect of the position in which you must be able to demonstrate competency.

Taking part in professional development activities is important to you in a non-tenure track lecturer position. This will not only increase your skills and qualifications, but will show those above you in the ranks that you are committed to the goals and vision of teaching and learning. Excellent communication skills are a necessity for this position as you will be in contact with different community agencies depending on the field of your lecture topics.
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