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Congratulations to our 2015-2016 PFF graduates! 

PFF 2015-2016 Graduates

Back row (left to right): Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Chip Montrose, Teminijesu Ige, Jonathan Penm, Kaitlyn Miller, Mark Mitchell, Frederick Lutt, Associate Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Margaret Hanson, CET&L Director Dr. Bryan Smith, Director of PFF and Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Yonatan Eyal, and Head and Associate Professor of Musicology Dr. bruce mcclung. Second row (left to right): Bradley Fevrier, Jeanette Arkle, Kanchi Barfiwala, Kendra Leahy, Anna Donnell, Heather Hopgood, Fathima Thowfeik, and Batsheva Guy.

Welcome to the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) website!

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.

In a nation-wide study, 98 percent of participant respondents said they would recommend PFF to peers interested in academic careers because the program:

  • Prepares graduate students for academic careers at postsecondary institutions.
  • Helps graduate students conduct productive job searches and achieve early career success.
  • Provides professional development that does not extend time-to-degree.

PFF Program Requirements

The requirements to finish the PFF certificate are:

  • Take in the 3-semester credit Teaching Effectiveness Course (Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning, PD8041)

Please note:  As of fall semester 2013, the Teaching Effectiveness course needs to be completed before a Mentoring Agreement will be approved. 

For students with special circumstances, a request with rationale must be sent to the PFF Director.  

  • Take in the 2-semester credit Academic Job Search Course (Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning, PD8042)
  • Attend five workshops
  • Attend two reading groups as a participant and a third as a leader
  • Complete a 40-hour mentoring experience

Course Schedule for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Update: The Teaching Effectiveness class (PD8041) will be offered during fall semester.

The Academic Job Search class (PD8042) will be offered during spring semester.

"Is the PFF program valuable?"

YES! PFF students and mentors express great appreciation for the experience of working and learning together. And national studies (Wested and Abt, 2004; DeNeef, 2002) have shown that PFF gives alumni a competitive edge in the academic job market and in the early years of their career.

Apply to the Preparing Future Faculty program today!

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 search results, look for Organization ID "org_huetheca_167," Organization Name "Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)." When you enroll, you will be prompted for an access code: enter “PFF” when prompted for the code.

If you have problems enrolling or if you do not have access to Blackboard, email


Contact the PFF program coordinator

Karen Cornelissen at:

110 Van Wormer Hall


Office Hours Summer 2016

M,T,W, & R 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.