Communications Professor

Teach university students about communications.

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$33,000 – $114,000

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What do Communications Professors do?

Communications is the field concerned with how people convey their thoughts, ideas, and feelings to one another. It covers spoken and written communication, as well as nonverbal, like expressions (for example, a smile or a frown). Lately, communications has become an even bigger field because of things like telecommunications and social media. These relatively new ways of conveying ideas and beliefs are used for many purposes, from keeping up with friends to spreading information about new products for businesses.

Communications Professors teach college students everything they need to know about the subject. Communications Professors work with students in a community college, an art school, or a regular university, helping them understand what exactly the field of communications is, and how it can affect their life and work.

As a Communications Professor, just like any Professor, you write out lesson plans and give lectures. At the beginning of each semester, you create syllabi for each of your classes. And throughout the semester, year, or quarter, you follow your students’ progress to ensure they’re learning what they need.

You also assign essays, give tests, and create group projects. Then you grade your students’ work, and help those who need a little extra explanation through one-on-one tutoring sessions.

This job is exciting because it gives you so much freedom in terms of choosing how to approach and teach the subject. Unlike a Science Professor or a Math Professor, who teach subjects that each has a set of proven laws, you can bring in opposing viewpoints or outside sources (like books or movies) to challenge your student’s thoughts and beliefs.

Should I be a Communications Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Assistant Professor of Communication, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts See More

    How to become a Communications Professor

    Most Communications Professors have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:9aaaa9&chl=master%27s+%2850%25%29|||||doctorate+%2850%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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