How Do I Become a Computer Professor?

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
A computer professor will typically have practical experience and knowledge.
A computer professor will typically have practical experience and knowledge.

If you have an interest in teaching and a passion for computers, you could become a computer professor and teach college students about the subject. You can become a computer professor after going to school to achieve at least a master's degree in a computer-related field, though many professors have doctoral degrees (PhDs), and many positions require that you have one. In addition, experience teaching while you are a graduate student, solid research interests, and good communication skills can help you get hired as a computer professor. After you complete your education, you can begin putting together a curriculum vitae and applying for positions.

To become a computer professor, it is important to enjoy working with students.
To become a computer professor, it is important to enjoy working with students.

It is important to enjoy working with students to become a computer professor, as this will be a major part of your job description. Having a thorough understanding of the computer-related courses, and technology in general, that you will be teaching can help you make a connection with the students in your classes. In some instances, employers prefer that you have previous experience working practically as a professional in the field, but this is not always necessary.

A PhD degree in computer science, computer engineering, or information technology is required to become a computer professor at a four-year institution in most instances. Some two-year schools, such as community colleges or technical institutes, will allow you to teach with a master's degree only. Some two-year institutions require that their professors have PhD degrees, so it is in your best interest to have a PhD if you want to become a computer professor.

Many institutions require that professors work on research interests while they are employed. To advance to the level of full professor, you have to have published work in professional journals or other sources. During your education, it is recommended that you generate original research in your field and attempt to publish it. It is also important to try to gain experience teaching while you are a graduate student by working as a teacher's assistant (TA). This provides the experience that you need to get hired at a position.

Job applications for professors generally require a curriculum vitae, which is similar to a resume in that it includes all relevant work experience, education, and publications. An application packet for a computer professor position also often includes reference letters, a letter of intent, and sample syllabi. This information is sent to a hiring manager or committee at a college or university, who then review it before asking you to meet for an interview.

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    • A computer professor will typically have practical experience and knowledge.
      By: goodluz
      A computer professor will typically have practical experience and knowledge.
    • To become a computer professor, it is important to enjoy working with students.
      By: gordand
      To become a computer professor, it is important to enjoy working with students.