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Senior lecturer
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Senior lecturer is an academic rank.
In the United Kingdom, Australia, and Switzerland, Lecturer is a
faculty position at a university or similar institution. Especially in research-intensive universities, Lecturers
lead research groups and supervise research students, as well as teach. After a number of years, Lecturers
might be promoted to Senior Lecturers with increasing research, leadership, and administrative
In most research-intensive universities (such as those that are part of the Russell Group and 1994 Group), a
Senior Lecturer position is between a Lecturer and a Reader, with a strong focus on research. At the same
time, in some universities (for instance Leeds University), the rank of Reader is no longer used for new
appointments. A Senior Lecturer position can be a parallel position to Reader in other universities. In some
universities (notably post-1992 UK universities and former polytechnics), the Senior Lecturer and Reader
ranks denote different responsibilities, with the former being more teaching-focused and the latter being
more research-focused. Senior Lecturers can progress to either a Reader or a Professor position.
In most UK and Swiss universities, Senior Lecturer (Swiss translations: Lehrbeauftragter in German or
Charg de cours in French) is equivalent to the level of "Associate Professor" in North American
universities, and "Lecturer" is roughly equivalent to the North American "Assistant Professor". Some British
Universities (for instance, Nottingham and Warwick) have recently decided to adopt the North American
ranks of Assistant and Associate Professor instead of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer/Reader. Some UK
universities (for example, Plymouth University) use the rank of Associate Professor to denote the rank
between a Lecturer and a Professor, but qualify it with 'Senior Lecturer' or 'Reader' in the title, for example:
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer).
However, in the United States, Canada, and other countries influenced by their educational systems, the term
is used differently, generally denoting academics without tenure who teach full or part-time but have few or
no research responsibilities within the institution where they teach.
Senior Lecturers have substantial
experience and accomplishments in their field and possess a doctorate or its professional equivalent (see for
example, job description at Columbia University, Officers of Instruction webpage
). Also, in some schools
it is a temporary post for visiting academics of considerable prominencee.g. a famous writer may serve for
a term or a year, for instance.
1. ^ "Senior Lecturers" ( Times Higher
Education. UK. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
2. ^ "See, for example, Job Description at Univ WA"
( US. Retrieved 19
March 2013.
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