Legacy Program

Photograph of PFF students participating in a reading group

PFF students engage in a reading group.

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.

UC's PFF program has transitioned from a certificate program to a participatory professional development program in the Graduate School. 

Matriculated prior to the fall 2019 application deadline? Great! Find all of the Legacy Program materials here. Program changes do not affect your PFF experiences. 

Not matriculated prior to the fall 2019 application deadline? Thank you for your interest in the program. Check out the other tabs on this website to learn more about the current PFF program. Contact the program coordinator at with any questions or concerns. 

Questions or concerns? No worries! Contact the program coordinator at for more guidance. 

Legacy Program Requirements

  • The three semester-credit Teaching Effectiveness course (PD8041, offered fall semester) 
  • The two semester-credit Academic Job Search course (PD8042, offered spring semester)
  • Five PFF-approved workshops
  • Three reading groups as a participant and a fourth as a leader
  • A 40-hour mentoring experience

Legacy Program Mentoring Experience

The culmination of the UC PFF program is the Mentoring Experience, which involves 40 hours of teaching- and service-related activities planned and conducted in close cooperation with an experienced mentor from the University of Cincinnati or from one of our Collaborating Cluster Institutions: Xavier UniversityNorthern Kentucky UniversityMount St. Joseph UniversityThomas More CollegeHebrew Union College, or UC Blue Ash College. Students may also select mentors from other tristate institutions of higher education but must first make separate arrangements with the PFF Program Coordinator. Completion of the mentoring experience is required to earn the PFF certificate.

Mentorship Planning and Requirements

Please note: the Teaching Effectiveness course must be completed before a Mentoring Agreement will be approved. Therefore, the minimum time to complete the PFF program is 1 year. Students with special circumstances for program completion must email to submit a request with a compelling rationale to the PFF program director.

Furthermore, a student's advisor can no longer serve as the student's mentor for the mentoring experience. Please reach out to the PFF program coordinator at if you have any questions.

The Student

  • Explore your mentorship experience options in the Program Manual and then contact the program coordinator at to find a mentor or discuss the mentorship experience further.
  • Complete a Mentoring Agreement Contract (see below) with the mentor and submit the signed document to for approval. The PFF program coordinator will either require revisions or approve the contract. 
  • Keep a log detailing all mentoring activities and the hours spent on those activities. Ideas include observing the mentor's teaching styles, meeting to discuss pedagogical styles and seeking suggestions on developing a syllabus.
  • Complete at least 40 hours of mentoring activity.
  • Write a mentorship report and submit the report to the PFF program coordinator. Guidelines for the Mentorship Report: The first section compares the experience to the plan described in the Mentoring Agreement. The student will discuss activities completed and hours spent on each. The second section (three-page essay) discusses differences between what was planned (goals) and what actually happened (realities), what the student learned from the experience and any suggestions for future mentees.

The Mentor

  • The mentor should collaborate with the student on the mentorship agreement contract, and the mentor must sign the contract. 
  • Upon completion of the mentorship experience, the mentor must complete the Post-mentoring Assessment form and Statement of Completion form and submit the forms to These forms are required in order for the student to complete the certificate, and the mentor will not be paid until these forms have been submitted. 
  • It is highly recommended that the mentor share the Post-Mentoring Assessment form with the PFF student. 
  • If the mentor is not a UC employee, the mentor must complete a Personal Services Contract form and a Certification of Completed Mentorship form, which are required to process the mentor's honorarium.

Mentoring Agreement Contract

Students: use this form to lay out the details of your upcoming mentorship, including how you will spend the required 40 hours. 

Mentoring Agreement Contract (DOCX)

Legacy Program Manual and Checklist

Download or bookmark the PFF Program Manual. This manual contains the program's policies and procedures, and it will serve as a helpful guide for your Preparing Future Faculty experience.

PFF Program Manual (PDF)

Download the Preparing Future Faculty Certification Checklist to track your progress as you complete program requirements. Both Word and PDF versions are available for your convenience.

PFF Certification Checklist (DOCX)

PFF Certification Checklist (PDF)

To view these documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.

Legacy Program Professional Development Resources

  • The Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE)
    This group of graduate students and postdocs with a passion for teaching support the professional development of TAs and future professors at UC. The organization provides informaiton and instruction on innovative teaching methods, basic career guidance and netwroking opportunities with fellow graduate students who share a common vision of teaching and learning excellence. 
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    Provides external mentoring for graduate students, post-docs and university professors.
  • POD Network
    The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth.
  • Faculty Focus
    Through its free e-newsletter and dedicated website, Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom — face-to-face, online, blended, or flipped.

From the Professor's Bookshelf: GATE & PFF Bibliography

Download a combination of the PFF & GATE bibliographies to use as a reference for relevant, insightful reading. The list includes information on where you can get a copy of the title and a brief description of the text.

GATE and PFF Bibliography (PDF)

Keep current with our list of recommended articles from organizations such as Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Articles (PDF)

To view these documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.


Contact the PFF program coordinator, Cory Whitworth:

110 Van Wormer Hall

Office Hours, Fall 2019

Monday, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.