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Lecturer - Third Level

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€47 - 83 
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Lecturer Scale 1: 47 - 73
Lecturer Scale 2: 53 - 83
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Last Updated: November, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or post graduate students on specialist subjects.


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Aoife Mc Dermott
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Aoife McDermott works as a lecturer in Human Resource Management in Dublin City University. Having graduated with a BESS from Trinity College, she continued to complete a PhD and took the opportunity to join DCU at the time it entered into significant expansion.
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University Lecturers deliver classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students, based on their specialised academic disciplines, e.g. Archaeology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Economics, to name but a few. A great deal of preparatory work is required and a good Lecturer ensures that his/her material is constantly up to date, which involves a wide range of reading and personal study.  
 
Duties include:  

  • Planning and designing courses
  • Preparing and delivering lectures and demonstrations
  • Setting up and leading seminars and one-to-one tutorials
  • Assessing and reporting on the progress of students
  • Setting and marking tests, exercises, coursework or exams.

Lecturers may also help students to develop research and study skills, and may be involved in organising work experience for their students.
 
Lecturers are also expected to pursue research projects which may involve the direction of projects undertaken by others, usually postgraduate students or research assistants.  
 
Lecturers generally take a personal interest in the courses of study undertaken by their students through tutorials and individual discussion. Many university staff members contribute to student life through participation in lectures, debates and discussions organised by Student Societies.

Career Structure

The career structure is generally consistent across Irish universities:

  • PhD Researcher
  • Post-doc
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor  

Requirements for Academic Positions

PhD researchers - these roles are considered students and not staff members. They are not entitled to a stipend and pay course fees of €3,000-6,000 per year. Often PhD researchers are eligible to grants or scholarships.

Lecturer - The first appointment to an academic position at an Irish university usually is at the level of Lecturer. Lecturers need a PhD degree and preferably publications of high quality. Contracts for Lecturer are often temporary and for one, three or five years. Many new temporary jobs of one year have emerged because of government funding of sabbaticals through the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS): they award sabbatical funding which includes money to pay for replacement Lecturers.

Permanent Lecturer positions with a probationary period of 12 months. At the end of this period, the promotion committee (made up of senior officers of the university together with four elected academic staff representatives) decides on whether to award tenure or extend the probation period. A positive evaluation requires satisfactory performance of lecturing and other duties, evidence of interest in the pursuit of research and scholarship, and contribution and interest in the departmental development. Upon completion of satisfactory probation, the Lecturer is granted tenure.

From the level of Lecturer, one can be promoted to Senior Lecturer. For this a PhD degree is required along with substantial teaching experience, proven research track record documented by publications and administrative experience.

The positions of Associate Professor and Professor require a PhD degree, internationally recognised research, a substantive publication record as well as a good amount of academic experience.

The most important criterion for academic appointment, tenure and promotion is the research record as demonstrated through scholarly publications in refereed international academic journals that have achieved creditable standing in various Citation Indexes.

 


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As a lecturer, you will need to be confident, able to communicate well, and capable of motivating students. You will also need to be organised and well-prepared to be able to cope with teaching commitments and your other duties. You need to be able to work with both large numbers in lecture theatres, or on an individual basis with students.


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In general, the first appointment to an academic position at an Irish university usually is at the level of lecturer. Lecturers need a PhD degree and publications of high quality. The most important criterion for academic appointment, tenure and promotion is your research record, as demonstrated through scholarly publications in refereed international academic journals that have achieved creditable standing in the Citation index.

Posts in Colleges, Universities, Institutes of Technology or other public sector higher education institutions, are advertised and acheived by Open Competition. There is no special time of year for recruitment and the number of vacancies overall and in specific areas of study is quite unpredictable.

There is no established or pre-determined training course for academic posts. Training is achieved through the pursuit of academic pursuits. Successful entrants develop their own style of delivering lectures and communicating with their classes. Members of staff are under the general direction of a Department Head or Professor.

The career structure is generally consistent across Irish universities:

  • PhD Researcher
  • Post-doc
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor  

Temporary/permanent positions: The increasing use of temporary staff at universities heightens the competition for permanent positions. As in most other EU countries, it is becoming the norm to hold a number of temporary positions to establish academic credentials before being hired on a permanent basis.

Last Updated: October, 2015


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