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lecturer (British) academia

Discussion in 'English Only' started by merquiades, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. merquiades

    merquiades Senior Member

    France
    USA Northeast
    Hello. I've been looking at job ads on the internet and am trying to understand what exactly the job of lecturer at a university in GB would entail and what is the status of such a position. I see it can be preceded by junior or senior. Would a junior-lecturer just be an entry level professor with no experience and a senior-lecturer a full professor with a chair? That is a total guess though. In the USA one talks about assistant professor, associate professor, full professor... Would lecturer just be a professor? Instructor? Thanks a lot for your help.
     
  2. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima

    Singapore
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Usually, at a British university, someone who is employed to teach and do research is either a lecturer, a senior lecturer, a reader or a professor, so it is a four-tier system as opposed to the three-tier American system of assistant professor, associate professor and (full) professor. A lecturer is roughly an assistant professor in the American system. A lecturer in the British system wouldn't normally be called a professor or use the title Professor. They would normally just be Dr So-and-so, assuming that they have a PhD/DPhil/etc.
     
  3. merquiades

    merquiades Senior Member

    France
    USA Northeast
    Thank you very much Natkretep. Your info is very helpful.
     

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