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What are the duties of a university professor/researcher?

  1. Oct 1, 2013 #1
    I've been considering a possible career pathway towards becoming a university professor/researcher for quite some time now, and I actually have some questions concerning that.

    Actually, first of all, what is the difference, if any, between a professor and a researcher?

    Secondly, aside from publishing and research, I've heard that some professors do not have any teaching duties. To what extent is that true?

    And last of all, is a professor/researcher expected to publish his work regularly and consistentl? Does he/she run the risk of getting kicked out of the university for being a lazy bone?
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2013 #2
    The title of your thread answers your questions . Professors have to teach and do research if they are working in a research institution.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2013 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    In practical terms, none. All academics are expected to both teach and generate scholarly works. The term used to distinguish academics with funded research programs from those without is 'Principal Investigator'.

    I am able to 'buy out' teaching time with research dollars. There's a full spectrum, from those teaching the maximum (here, it's 16 credit hours per academic year) to those with no teaching duties. I have no teaching duties this semester. Next semester I am teaching 1 class.

    Yes. And yes, during the pre-tenure period.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2013 #4
    Thank you all for your replies. I believe I got all the answers to my questions.
     
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