Jaime Cabrera

What Is an Endowed Chair (or Professorship)?

An endowed chair (or professorship) is a faculty position that is privately funded by an endowment. Here’s how it works: the endowment is a donation that remains locked. The interest from the grant gives the school money to operate on, ensuring sustainable financial support. The endowment usually covers the professor’s salary, research, travel stipends, and …

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Professor Rankings: The Key Differences

Here’s the deal: academic ranks are complicated. For those who are thinking of joining academia through a master’s degree or a doctoral program, professors rankings can be downright confusing. To help lessen this confusion, we will reveal the different types of professors (and what makes each position unique). Academic ranks: an overview The following table …

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The Differences Between Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors

Did you know that some professors can’t be fired at all? That’s right; professors who got tenured can’t lose their job because of their unpopular positions. Tenure means academic freedom! However, not all professors are tenured. That’s the key difference between assistant, associate, and full professors: Assistant professors are entry-level professors and are on the tenure …

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What Makes a Professor Distinguished?

The title of “distinguished professor” is given to top tenured professors to recognize their outstanding academic contributions. This designation is highly honorific and very exclusive. Distinguish professorship usually comes with significant benefits, such as: A higher salary: as explained on our page about professor salaries, distinguished professors earn twice as much as full professors (on average). …

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Professor Emeritus: Here’s What It Really Mean

Did you know that some professors can’t be fired? That’s what universities call “tenure.” Tenure grants a professor permanent employment! When a tenured professor retires, he is given the honorary title of “professor emeritus.” What are the duties of a professor emeritus? Faculty often switch the status of a professor to emeritus to free up …

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Professor Salaries: By Academic Rank, Major, and State

A lot of students say that university professors are overpaid. But what are the facts? It’s true that some college professors earn up to $200,000 a year. However, there is a significant discrepancy between the highest and the lowest earners! So let’s break it down by the most critical factors: academic rank, major, and states. …

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