Preparing Future Faculty Program
The UC PFF program provides instruction in modern teaching and learning and offers rich mentoring experiences that strengthen these career skills. Established in 1993, the UC PFF program was one of the founding group of national PFF programs. Active participation in a PFF program is widely recognized as a valuable credential.
According to several prominent studies, the PFF program provides much-needed pedagogical skills to PhD candidates, giving them an edge over candidates who do not earn PFF certificates.
Jerry Gaff, Distinguished Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, writes that studies of PFF "empirically document the need for doctoral programs to provide a better bridge between doctoral preparation and the work that faculty-and other professionals-actually do . . . PFF programs address that widely perceived need. Graduate students aspiring to a faculty career would benefit from additional education about teaching and learning, the professoriate, the variety of institutions in which faculty work, and the skills required in their work."
These studies show that
- PFF prepares graduate students for academic careers at postsecondary institutions.
- It helps graduate students conduct productive job searches and achieve early career success.
- The program provides professional development that does not extend time-to-degree.
"Is the PFF program valuable?"
YES! PFF “is beneficial for exposing students to pedagogical knowledge, encouraging professionalization, and providing institutionalized support in the form of...mentorship” (Wurgler et al., 2014, p. 50). An analysis of PFF evaluations demonstrates its effectiveness in terms of perceived preparation to teach in academia and increased knowledge surrounding diverse academic institutions (Koblinsky et al., 2015). Sources available via libraries.uc.edu.
PFF Program Requirements
The following requirements are needed to finish the PFF certificate:
- The three semester–credit Teaching Effectiveness Course (Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning, PD8041)
Please note: Teaching Effectiveness must be completed before Mentoring Agreement Contract will be approved. Students with special circumstances should submit a request with rationale to the PFF Director.
- The two semester–credit Academic Job Search Course (Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning, PD8042)
- Five workshops
- Three reading groups as a participant and a fourth as a leader
- A 40-hour mentoring experience
Course Schedule for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Update: Teaching Effectiveness (PD8041) will be offered during fall semester.
Academic Job Search (PD8042) will be offered during spring semester.
PFF Program Manual
Download a copy of the Program Manual to use as a critical guide for your Preparing Future Faculty experience.
Get PFF News and Updates via Blackboard
To get news and updates for the Preparing Future Faculty program, enroll in the PFF organization on Blackboard. To find the org, click on the "Community" tab and type PFF into the "Organization Search" bar. In the search results, look for Organization ID "org_huetheca_167," Organization Name "Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)." When you enroll, enter the access code “PFF” when prompted.
If you have problems enrolling or do not have access to Blackboard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.