PFF Courses

To complete the Preparing Future Faculty certificate, you must register for and pass the two courses below.

Teaching Effectiveness (PD8041) must be completed before a Mentoring Agreement Contract will be approved. Students with special circumstances should send a request with rationale to, and the PFF coordinator will forward these requests to the PFF director.

Academic Job Search is offered Spring Semester 2021 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:50 PM. The course code is PD 8042, and it's available for registration through Catalyst. The class number is 46816.

Teaching Effectiveness

Teaching Effectiveness covers the theory and practice of effective, learning-focused teaching at the college level, including how to establish student learning goals, develop a syllabus, use diverse approaches to teaching and assess student learning. All participants will develop an electronic teaching portfolio.

Course Director:  Bryan Smith (CET&L)
Three graduate (semester) credits, pass/fail
Offered fall semester 2021

Academic Job Search

This course offers a broad and diverse view of the academic job market, including the different kinds of institutions (from community college to research university) and the implications of those market segments for faculty careers. The course also offers practical insights into and guidance for assessing job openings, applying for jobs and interviewing.

Course Director:  Scott Belck (College-Conservatory of Music)
Two graduate (semester) credits, pass/fail
Offered spring semester 2021

CET&L is offering a hybrid course this upcoming semester, Teaching at the Postsecondary Level (PD 7030), and will meet Tuesdays from 12:30-1:50pm.  This course is approved for Preparing Future Faculty credit as an optional course for 20 points. It cannot replace the two required courses, The Academic Job Search and Teaching Effectiveness. Please email or Dr. Beth Faller (Assistant Director of CET&L) for more information!