What does a Research Professor do?
Research professors are faculty members whose primary effort is in research rather than instruction. Research faculty appointments are not tenure track appointments, and research professors may be called on to teach or provide services for specific and appropriate assignments. They perform their essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by an academic department head or director and facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Research professors receive administrative supervision from department heads or directors and might supervise professional research staff, graduate assistants, undergraduates, or students. They work in a collaborative environment and cover relevant topics that pertain to their assigned research project, sometimes delegating specific portions of the research to others or spearheading set portions. They share findings and updates with all team members and department staff and adjust according to internal guidance. Research professors must need a graduate degree in a discipline that corresponds with their work.
- Contribute to supervision of Graduate student research.
- Conduct research, perform experiments, analyze data, and present the research outcome at local and national conferences.
- Provide guest lectures in undergraduates and graduate courses and contribute to extension educational programs as time permits.
- Accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, follow safety regulations, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
- Provide research leadership on designing field trials and surveys.
- Prepare and submit proposals/scope of work for project extensions.
- Candidates will be actively engaged in grant writing and manuscript submission.
- Graduate's Degree in related subject or field.
- Experience with applicable software and systems.
- Prior experience as a consultant.
- A mentor and guide with strict attention to detail.
- Collaboration and leadership skills.
- A natural problem solver.
Research Professor Career Path
Learn how to become a Research Professor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Research Professor Insights
“I am enjoying the work life here and it is peaceful”
“Not a good work and life balance”
“Nice campus close to downtown.”
“Good nice cordial satisfactory peaceful”
“Bureaucracy; pay is not competitive”
“The salary I'm some cases is not that good”
“A Good work life balance”
“No career path for research track”
Research Professor Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Research Professor
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