Academics usually hold advanced degrees but not everyone with an advanced degree is an academic. Anyone who teaches a class or engages in research projects at a university is an academic whatever their academic rank, title or position.
Assistant / Associate Professors at Universities / Colleges
Lecturers at Universities / Colleges
Librarians at Universities / Colleges
Professor Emeritus / Retired Professors Still Engaged in Research
Professors at Universities / Colleges
Researcher / Fellow / Research Fellow / Scientist at a University
Teaching Assistants Who Give Lectures
CounterexamplesThe following occupations, professions and roles wouldn't typically be viewed as academics.
Administrators at Universities and Colleges
Governing Bodies such as the Board of Trustees of a University
Intelligentsia such as Artists or Writers
People With Advanced Degrees Who Don't Work in Higher Education
Private Sector Researchers
Professors at Community Colleges
Teachers at the K-12 Level
University / College Presidents, Deans and Other Senior Administrators
University / College Students
|Overview: Academic Person|
A person who holds a teaching and/or research position at an institution of higher education such as a university, academy, college, seminary, conservatory or institute of technology.