Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers (postsecondary) teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. This includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on race and ethnic culture.
Ethnic studies jobs involve initiating, facilitating, and moderating classroom discussions, evaluating and grading students' class work, assignments, papers, and administering and grading examinations.
Ethnic culture teachers perform administrative functions of maintaining student records, advising students on curricula and career matters, etc. They write reports, grant proposals, and letters of recommendation for students and attend training sessions or professional meetings. Those teachers involved in research work publish their work in books and journals.
Ethnic culture teachers need a master’s degree or a Ph.D. with extensive skills, knowledge and experience. The skills required include effective communication, monitoring, problem-solving, decision making, time management, persuasion, service orientation and social perceptiveness.
Teachers’ areas of knowledge should consists of computers and computer networks, individualised attention to students’ needs, sociology and anthropology, philosophy and theology, history and archaeology, communications and media and foreign language.
Ethnic studies jobs are found in colleges, universities and private coaching centres and the pay is commensurate to the nature of the work.
Successful ethnic culture teachers think analytically, have leadership qualities, exercise self-control and have concern for others.
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