English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.1% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary Do

Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Other Job Titles English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary May Have

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Professor, English Instructor, English Professor, Humanities Professor, Instructor, Lecturer, Literature Professor, Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

English Composition Teacher ,

Berkeley City College

There are no typical work days and that's what I love about my work. I typically teach between two and three classes a week with office hours each day I teach and about two hours of writing at the end of each day. But my schedule bounces around depending on the needs of students outside of class and other non-teaching duties.

Professor ,

University of Michigan - Helen Zell MFA Program

I get up early, eat breakfast, check my email, and read the New York Times. Then I get to my desk and spend the morning working on my own material, whether it's a novel, short story, or piece of creative fiction. In the afternoon, I switch my brain over to my students: I go to campus, teach a class or two, and hold office hours. On a good day, I don't have too many administrative tasks or meetings and I can spend most of my time working with interesting, enthusiastic young writers.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Teach writing or communication classes.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

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