Do you know the difference between these three seemingly identical terms?
Let’s start by stating the obvious, all of them are related to “teaching”; but is there a difference between them? Indeed there is, as otherwise I wouldn’t be bothering you with this issue and well you know it! 🙂
Alright, let’s get down to the point. I know you’re all on tenterhooks and I don’t want to see you suffer.
At school, there are teachers. At university , there are lecturers and professors.
♥A lecturer is a university teacher who has just started teaching at college or university. Lecturers do not have tenures ( permanent position) and they are at an early stage of their careers.
Some words that collocate with lecturer are:
♥A professor, on the other hand, is the principal teacher in a department and he usually has a doctorate degree. When he first gets his doctorate degree, he becomes an assistant professor and teaches for 5 or 6 years. Then, he is given tenure and becomes an associate professor and finally he can promote to become a full professor. So, professor is the highest rank an academic can get.
Some words that collocate with professor are
I spent a year as a visiting professor at Oviedo University. He is a distinguised professor of history.