Higher Education Teaching

Profile description and usage


This profile describes the essential elements of university teaching and academic course.

You will likely use it to record informations on the career and activities of university staff members.

Find here the profile description on OntoME.

Hint: This profile is often used in combination with the profiles :

Main classes of this profile

Main classes & propertiesUse cases

--> Add professorships or other forms of institutionalized teaching positions at a university or academy, such as "Chair of Chemistry".

--> Use this class to express that a person at a given time in moment was the holder of an academic chair (professorship).

--> Add a subdivision of a subject taught at university level and higher academic institutions but also simply taught at school or college such as, "Chemistry" or "Mathematics".

--> Indicate the rank of a scientist or teacher in a college, high school, university or research establishment, such as "Lecturer", "Professor" or "Rector".

--> Add a phase in which a person teaches a subject usually at an institution of higher education, such as a lecture given by a professor at a university.

Most common use cases

Record a professorship

If you want to add a professorship to an individual, you can proceed as follows:

Step 1) Add an academic chair


  • Academic chair in Chemistry at the University of Kiel.

  • Academic chair in Biology at the University of Lausanne.

  • Create a new entity by clicking on "Entities" > "add" > "Academic chair".

  • Type in the name and the definition of the chair.

A university chair is a legal object and is not to be confused with the holder, who is a person.

Use the class 'social actor embodiment' to express that a person, for a certain moment in time, has embodied a certain function/role (like a professorship in this case).

Learn more about the class 'social actor embodiment' here.

  • Open the entity card of the person that is a professor,

  • enable the edit mode,

  • click on the "+" button of the property "embodies".

Detail a teaching activity

If you want to indicate that a person not only had a position in an academic chair, but also taught a certain discipline (e.g. a person has been teaching chemistry as a Professor at a university), you can follow these steps:

Step 1) Enter informations about the nature of the teaching activity, such as the discipline that was taught or the rank occupied by the teacher

  • An academic discipline can also be called field of study, research field or branch of knowledge.

  • If the discipline that was taught by the professor is not already an entity in your project, create a new one by clicking on "Entities" > "add" > "Academic discipline".

  • Enter the name and the definition of the discipline.

Step 2) Add a teaching activity to a person's card

  • In the "specific field" of a person's card, use the property "carries out" to add a new teaching activity.

Profile Overview

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