institutions have programs that contain elements that are similar to
those of Preparing Future Faculty Program. This page contains links
to three different categories of institutions with their own version
of PFF programs: those with campus-wide programs, those with similar
programs in one or more departments, and those that have elements of
the PFF Program, such as a specific course or series of seminars. Finally,
we have a miscellaneous section for those programs that do not quite
fall into one of our three categories but deserve mentioning.
So What Do We Have Here?
Since 1993, a number
of doctoral degree-granting institutions have developed their own versions
of PFF programs. These similar programs incorporate some, but not necessarily
all, of the essential elements of the PFF program. The links below are
to these institutions.
State University - The ISU PFF program, begun in 2002, offers a
one-credit seminar series, a three-credit course, and two independent
Lawrence University - Started in 2005, the Lawrence University fellowship program prepares recent PhD recipients for academic careers at liberal arts colleges.
State University - Participants develop a teaching portfolio to
highlight, organize and reflect upon their teaching experiences. Upon
completion of the program, the student receives an MSU Certificate in
College Teaching. A transcript notation will also be provided.
Carolina State University - The Graduate School at NCSU offers the
Preparing the Professoriate Program.
of California at Santa Barbara - UCSB offers the UCSB Certificate
in College and University Teaching (CCUT). The CCUT is designed for
students who wish to demonstrate superior competence and experience
in preparation for teaching at the university or college level. Certificate
requirements include completion or attainment of a number of teaching-related
skills and experiences culminating in independent instruction of an
entire course with the support of a UCSB faculty mentor.
of California at San Diego - The Center for Teaching Development
offers the Preparing Professional Faculty program.
of Manitoba offers the Certificate Program in Higher Education Teaching
of Maryland, Baltimore County - UMBC offers a 'Professors-in-Training' (PROF-it) program to all full-time and part-time graduate students, in all disciplines. The initiative is an outgrowth of the National Science Foundation's PROMISE: Maryland's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program, and includes best practices from UMBC's College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences' course on "Scientific Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants." PROF-it provides regularly scheduled campus-wide workshops on teaching and learning that are facilitated by campus faculty, graduate school administrators, the director of the Faculty Development Center, and invited external guests who specialize in pedagogy and teaching with technology. Participants in PROF-it have opportunities for hands-on teaching. Students may apply to teach in the "First Year Experience - Introduction to an Honors University" program with UMBC's Office of Undergraduate Education. Students with more than 9 hours of training and completion of online discussion modules are also eligible apply for a paid, mentored teaching experience though a partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County.
of Michigan -
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching collaborates with the Rackham Graduate School to offer three programs designed to help graduate students prepare for their future careers in academe. The Preparing Future Faculty Seminar is an intensive, five-week capstone experience designed to prepare doctoral candidates for their first faculty positions. Getting Ready for an Academic Career is a one-day conference that gives graduate students at all levels useful information on what it means to pursue an academic career and how to prepare for the job market. The Graduate Student Mentoring program offers graduate students an opportunity to meet faculty at nearby colleges and universities, work together on a brief internship and learn about students and campus life at places other than University of Michigan.
of Missouri - Kansas City - UMKC offers the Preparing Future Faculty
of Texas at Austin - The Graduate School's Intellectual Entrepreneurship
Program has built extensively upon the UT PFF program,
offering 16 cross-disciplinary professional development classes, several
workshops, and a variety of interdisciplinary doctoral portfolio programs.
of Wyoming is one of several sites for the U.S. Department of Education's
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (P3T3) program.
University offers the Future Faculty Preparation Program (F2P2),
a self-directed program of professional development for all Vanderbilt
graduate students and postdocs interested in academic positions.
Commonwealth University - Preparing Future Faculty program
University in St. Louis - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
offers a number of workshops and other resources similar to those provided
by PFF programs. This link is to the Career Resources table of contents
State University - Summer Doctoral Fellows Program
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The links below are
to those institutions that have their own versions of PFF programs based
in one or more departments on campus. Generally, these programs are
open to doctoral students in the department.
University of Pennsylvania, offers a doctoral program in Criminology
designed to prepare students for an academic career through an integrated
strategy of studying theory, research, justice systems, and pedagogy.
IUP's program features a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) approach, which
promotes teaching excellence and a balanced teacher/scholar model.
State University, the Department of Kinesiology offers a Certificate
in College Teaching.
The College of Communications
at Pennsylvania State
University offers the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.
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These links are to institutions
that have various elements of a PFF program. In some cases, it may be
a single course or mentoring program; in others, it may be certificate
program with PFF-like activities.
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers the Advanced Graduate Teacher
Certificate (AGTC) program which has many elements of PFF.
of Mississippi Graduate School offers a workshop series primarily
focused on the dissertation process.
of Vermont offers GRAD 395: Special Topics. A recent offering
of this course was "Professional Development," a class that discussed
such issues as adaptive instruction, balancing time and responsibilities,
mentoring relationships with students, and assessing student learning.
However, topics may vary by semester.
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The links below are
to versions of PFF programs that defy our system of categorization.
In many cases, the links below are to new faculty development programs
that are designed to assist new faculty members have a successful start
in their careers.
Association of Physics Teachers - In addition to their PFF 3 clusters,
AAPT also offers an annual New Faculty Workshop that addresses faculty
life issues for physics faculty.
Association - The Committee on Status of Women in Computing Research
(CRA-W) sponsors a PFF-like series of workshops that address topics
on various issues of importance to women faculty members in the computing
of Chicago has partnered with approximately 43 liberal arts institutions
in offering the Midwest Faculty Seminar. The program includes several
topical seminars a year and scholarly exchange opportunities for faculty.
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