The PFF National
Office has internally conducted several projects to assess the impact
of PFF programs. During Phase 1 of the program, each institution submitted
a final report on thier progress. The reports were in case study format.
These case studies became the preliminary foundation for The Impact:
Assessing Experiences of Participants in the Preparing Future Faculty
Program-1994-1996. A copy of this occasional paper can be obtained by
contacting the AAC&U
In production now
are three other internal assessment papers. These articles will be posted
in the Publications By and About PFF section of this site shortly. The
first article, by A. Leigh DeNeef, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
at Duke University, reports on a series of interviews that were conducted
with PFF participants who were either in the job search process or had
recently obtained a faculty position. The working title of this article
is The Preparing Future Faculty Project: What Difference Does it Make?
The second article, by Stacey Lane Tice, Director of the Future Professoriate
Project at Syracuse University, will be in production shortly. Finally,
the third article, Memo to the Graduate Faculty: What Employing Institutions
Want in New Faculty by Dr. Kathrynn A. Adams at Guilford College, reports
on a series of interviews with colleges and universities about what
qualities search committees specifically look for in candidates for
new faculty members.
During the fall of
2000, NSF and the private donor are conducting an independent, 3-year
assessment of the impact of PFF programs through an private contractor.
The goals of this assessment are to determine how the programs are affecting
doctoral students' experiences in the job market and as new faculty
members, how PFF programs are affecting institutional and departmental
climate around doctoral preparation, and what impact PFF programs are
having on the hiring institutions. This assessment project is in the
very beginning stages, but findings will be forthcoming. As progress
is made and findings are shared with the PFF National Office, more information
will be posted to this site.
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