Useful Resources

This section provides links to resources on various elements of most PFF programs. Some of the documents are from the PFF National Office or PFF institutions. Others of the resources are ones that have been found and/or recommended by people involved with PFF.

Please feel free to email suggestions of other resources that would be useful additions to this page. The list here is not exhaustive and would benefit from the expertise of many. If you do email a suggestion, please also indicate where you think your suggestion would best fit.


Research on Doctoral Education

A number of groups have conducted research on different aspects of doctoral education. Below are links to some of these resources and reports.

  • In March 2003, the National Science Foundation hosted a Workshop on the Future of Graduate Education. Read the summary article NSF Workshop Examines the Future of Graduate Education, written by Joan Lorden, CGS/NSF Dean in Residence, and Jennifer Slimowitz, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow fellow.
  • The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) recently released the results of its 2000 National Doctoral Programs Survey. To view the survey results and learn more about the group, visit the NAGPS survey website.
  • Dr. Chris M. Golde, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the principal investigator for a nationwide survey of graduate students that is intended to provide a snapshot of their experiences and goals. The study is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered through the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
  • Re-envisioning the Ph.D., a project at the University of Washington, did an "environmental" scan of current concerns regarding doctoral preparation. This link goes to the home page of the project's website, which offers current news, updates and more. 

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Emerging and Future Faculty Roles

PFF clusters include preparation for using technology to do academic work and instruction for developing expertise in newer active, collaborative, experiential, or interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

Technology and Higher Education Links

Policy and Forum Links

Journal and Electronic Newsletter Links Miscellaneous Links of Interest

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Preparation to Assess Learning New!

Web Resources

* The Teagle Foundation and the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) provide additional catalogues of useful resources on their websites.

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Infusing PFF Ideas into the Disciplines

PFF clusters bring PFF ideas and objectives to the attention of disciplinary associations and seek to promote deeper conversations about the most effective preparation for faculty of the 21st century. PFF has made some great strides in this area through the work of the eleven disciplinary societies and their respective PFF 3 and PFF 4 clusters.

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Organizing and Supporting Effective Mentoring

Mentors for research activities are commonplace in doctoral programs. PFF programs include a formalized system of mentoring in teaching and professional service. Just as doctoral students have a mentor to guide their research, they also need guidance as they develop their teaching and service repertoire. Below are links to resources in mentoring.


  • Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure. By A. Clay Schoenfeld & Robert Magnan. Madison, WI: Magnan Publications. (1992).

Web Links

Institution Specific Pages Support
  • - the network for all postdoctoral professionals who have recently received their post-baccalaureate, who have been around a while, as well as those who are about to get their degree and want to know "what now?"  
  • The Graduate Student Survival Kit is a great resource for both graduate students and the faculty who advise them. The site offers links to a wide variety of online databases, helps and guides for the life of the graduate student, and other interesting sites.  

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Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships

Collaboration can be a wonderful thing that leads to great innovation, but these institutional partnerships can be difficult to establish and to sustain. PFF leaders have learned a lot about successful clusters. Below are links to articles and other resources that can help guide your thinking about and working in partnerships.

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Utilizing Case Studies in Discussions of Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

It is often the case that when we think of the roles and responsibilities of faculty, teaching and research are easily understood and expectations for service get some fuzzy treatment. Ever on the lookout for aids to help PFF Programs in this regard, the following links are to case studies that can act as a basis upon which you can build a meaningful discussion. The cases studies are divided into the three areas of responsibility: research, teaching, and service. Again, if you know of others, please let us know! We'd love to include them.
  • Academic Deans, Vice Presidents, and Department Chairs Cases for Conversation and Reflection - These case studies are about the work of academic administration and the everyday challenges facing department chairs and deans. There are 15 in total.

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Teaching Resource Links

This section provides links to a wide variety of teaching issues. It includes links to information on pedagogical approaches to teaching, developing teaching portfolios and philosophies, evaluating your teaching.

Learning Styles Links

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Research Resource Links

  • The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR provides support for faculty development and assists in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions.  

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Career and Job Search Information

This section provides links to information regarding your career and job search. Some of the links are information about creating portfolios, interviewing tips and skills, and the like. Other links are to job listings. Many of these listings include everything from faculty and post-doctoral positions to teaching or research assistants to work study positions, so be sure to check each one.

  • Carol Kolmerten, Professor of English at Hood College, has authored an article on What Small Colleges Really Want, published online in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Chris Golde of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has authored an article on the process of negotiating an academic job, published online in Science's Next Wave.
  • The Academic Jobs Network is a searchable listing of academic positions organized by state and maintained by the University of Minnesota.  
  • Academic 360 lists available positions in colleges for faculty, staff and administrative professionals and is not limited to teaching positions.  
  • Academic Careers Online Global academic job site to search jobs or post resumes in higher education and academia. Includes full and part-time teaching and administrative jobs at colleges and universities around the world. Applicants can for free search current job openings, submit their resume and receive e-mails informing them when matching job opportunities are listed. 
  • University Job Bank web site  
  • Post-doctoral job web site is part of the University Job Bank  
  • Graduate Assistantship web site also is part of the University Job Bank  
  • Workplace: The Journal of Academic Labor provides coverage and commentary on academic work.  
  • Mary Corbin Sies, an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, has on her home page a section of Academic Job Resources. She includes an academic market checklist, interviewing tips, and practice interview questions.  
  • Kathy A. Fitch, Assistant Professor of English at College of Du Page in Illinois, has put together a "Webfolio Workshop" page that includes information on assessing, creating and supporting student portfolios electronically. The resources section includes many useful links as well.  
  • The University of Washington's Re-Envisioning the Ph.D. project has a Ph.D. Career Resources page, which features links to a collection of resources related to professional development, jobs, finding funding and more.
  • August 12, 2009: On Hiring: Job Expectations Vs. Reality (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Miscellaneous "Graduate Student Life" Resource Links

The links below are to a wide variety of resources on different elements of graduate student life. Among many others, topics include tools and tips for writing, dissertation resources and support groups, and balancing the many responsibilities of graduate school with the rest of your life.

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