College Professor

College (Postsecondary) Professor
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Pace Nielsen

“Mathematics has an unearthly beauty and majesty…
At the University of California, Berkeley, I earned my Ph.D.. During this time I gained a deeper knowledge of modern mathematical research.”

“Why do mathematics? If you want to gain a greater ability to reason, understand science, answer hard questions, teach truth, or just appreciate a little more the wonders of the world around you, then you have your answer.”

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. Postsecondary teachers include college and university faculty, postsecondary career and technical education teachers, and graduate teaching assistants.

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The education and training required of postsecondary teachers varies widely, depending on the subject taught and educational institution employing them. Educational requirements for teachers are generally highest at research universities, where a Ph.D. is the most commonly held degree; at career and technical institutes, experience and expertise in a related occupation is the principal qualification.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I, II, III Linear Algebra Ordinary Differential Equations Real Analysis Abstract Algebra Theory of Analysis Complex Analysis Although faculty at junior colleges may only need the math in this list, most math professors at research universities need much more math than this.

When Math Is Used: 

A college professor’s time is largely spent on research, preparing class material, meeting with students, or however else he or she chooses. Math is used when the professor teaches the specific courses he or she chooses and when the professor conducts mathematical research.

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Professors are hired everywhere at universities, state colleges, and technical institutes.


With the exception of scheduled classes-which can consume as few as three hours a week in graduate universities or up to twelve to sixteen hours per week for undergraduates—a professor’s time is largely spent on research, preparing class material, meeting with students, or however else he or she chooses. This profession is thus best suited for motivated self-starters, and its highest rewards are given to those who can identify and explore original problems in their fields.
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Math Professors

A long time ago; while I was a student in a community college(Assoc. Degree), I was
in the workstudy program working for the Dean of Finance and had a Foundations Mathematics Instructor catch me counting on my fingers...(I was one of those kids
that was called "stupid" in second grade with arithmetic)....within twenty minutes
this Instructor had me calculating with my brain by using groups of ten....she
taught me that mathematics is nothing to be afraid of - that it can be fun!
Today, she is a Professor at the University of Alaska and is highly regarded in her career with many, many papers, seminars, research, certificates and awards.....she has 43 years of accomplished students to add to her achievements....teaching from elementary to Doctorial levels, I never met another teacher that I held in such high regard....through the confidence of the teacher, the student learns well.
My only regret - I didn't respect her experience enough and listen to her advice...


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