University Professor Job Description

Submitted by kl3mt on Fri, 12/31/2021 - 05:18


After 17 years on this job, I am slowly figuring out the actual job description of a University Professor.

You were told that the job of a University Professor consists of responsibilities in three areas: Research, Teaching, and Service. But they don't give you the actual list of skills it takes to do the job. I am figuring out the list of roles that I need to play in my daily job. It consists of the following:

  1. Researcher
  2. Teacher, with responsibilities of being a classroom instructor and a course developer
  3. Mentor for postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate research students
  4. Writer
  5. Grant specialist and budget specialist
  6. Committee organizer
  7. Project manager
  8. Conference organizer
  9. Public speaker; motivational speaker
  10. Student counselor and psychologist
  11. Recruiter
  12. Website builder, webmaster, and web content manager
  13. Reviewer for journal papers, grant proposals, expert panels, to evaluate performance of junior faculty
  14. Letter writer
  15. Coordinator for outreach events, ice cream social, etc...
  16. Event organizer 
  17. Lobbyist
  18. Spokesperson of your research project
  19. Travel agent to find and book business trips
  20. Editor for research journals and students' dissertations

What else am I missing?

No wonder I always feel a deep sense of inadequacy in this job; I am forever procrastinating and perpetually trying to catch up with my responsibilities.