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Physics Physics lecturer.

  1. Jan 27, 2009 #1
    Yeah, so I'm a physics student (sorry, it's obvious, I know) and I am seriously considering taking on a job as a lecturer (a teacher first) after I graduate.

    I'm interested to know how is it like, the pay, the monthly allowance, the satisfaction you get, etc. Any current physics lecturer in here, or something similar- or perhaps know something about such issue to give an advice?
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2009 #2

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    This varies enormously from country to country, even with regard to job title. A "lecturer" in the UK is the lowest rung of permanent faculty, but in the US it's usually a title given to a part-timer.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2009 #3
    In the US:

    Note that in the present economic downturn, some colleges are disposing of lecturers, choosing to instead reduce the number of times per year that upper-level courses are offered (some even being offered every other year).

    Being a lecturer does often mean part-time (if there are courses left after tenured and tenure-track faculty fulfill their teaching obligations)... and this means you probably will not receive benefits (health, etc.).

    As such, you're a second-rate citizen in the department... even if you get teaching awards and win grants for education research (doing that on the side).

    Note: Our department chair is very supportive of lecturers (in our case, it adds to the diversity of the department.. and in my particular case... I've been winning intra-university education research grants to get funds for my class and to go to conference with my research results)... but I still feel this way, and my job is still in jeopardy after this term.

    I'd take a lecturer position only if it's the only thing you can get at the time. Honestly.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2009 #4
    Thanks for the help, guys. My uni is in Perth, Western Australia. US and UK's market doesn't seem compromising to me regarding such job. :bugeye:
     
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