Postsecondary English language/literature teachers generally instruct at a college or university, and they may hold full-time or adjunct positions. These professionals generally teach two to three classes, each occurring several times a week. The teacher also often maintains office hours at set times during the week to meet with students, and they must perform work outside classes to grade assignments and prepare lesson plans. The school year is normally divided into two semesters and several summer sessions, and postsecondary English language/literature teachers may instruct during any or all of these periods, and class sizes depend on the university and subject. This instructor must create class lessons and maintain a full semester of topics and assignments in the subject, and they also need to have a list of books and writings that the students need to read and write papers.
Postsecondary English language/literature teachers must have an advanced degree in their field; most of the time, this includes a Ph.D. in English literature. They must also have excellent teaching skills and the ability to work effectively with students to build understandings. They should be effective graders and be able to provide constructive comments and suggestions. These instructors also must continue their own education and to keep up with relevant and new issues related to their subject and education.
English Language / Literature Teacher, Postsecondary Tasks
Prepare lesson outlines and maintain an accurate course syllabus.
Manage the classroom by keeping accurate records, submitting grades and reports on time, and enforcing campus academic policies.
Design instruction that meets course objectives and develop activities that support those objectives.
Meet with and assist students during office hours or by appointment to supplement in-class discussions and lectures.