Similar Versions of PFF

Many 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.

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Institutions with Campus-wide Versions of PFF Programs

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.

Iowa State University - The ISU PFF program, begun in 2002, offers a one-credit seminar series, a three-credit course, and two independent studies.

Lawrence University - Started in 2005, the Lawrence University fellowship program prepares recent PhD recipients for academic careers at liberal arts colleges.

Michigan 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.

North Carolina State University - The Graduate School at NCSU offers the Preparing the Professoriate Program.

University 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.

University of California at San Diego - The Center for Teaching Development offers the Preparing Professional Faculty program.

University of Manitoba offers the Certificate Program in Higher Education Teaching (CHET).

University 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.

University 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.

University of Missouri - Kansas City - UMKC offers the Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship Program.

University 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.

The University of Wyoming is one of several sites for the U.S. Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (P3T3) program.

Vanderbilt 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.

Virginia Commonwealth University - Preparing Future Faculty program

Washington 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 page.

Washington State University - Summer Doctoral Fellows Program

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Institutions with Departmentally-based Versions of PFF Programs

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.

Indiana 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.

At Michigan 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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Institutions with Various Elements of PFF Programs

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.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers the Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate (AGTC) program which has many elements of PFF.

The University of Mississippi Graduate School offers a workshop series primarily focused on the dissertation process.

The University 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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Miscellaneous Versions of PFF Programs

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.

American 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.

Computing Research 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 sciences.

The University 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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