Preparing Future Faculty Program

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 nationwide study, 98 percent of participant respondents said they would recommend PFF to peers interested in academic careers for the following reasons:

  • 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

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.  


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.

To view this document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.

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


Contact the PFF program coordinator, Sheva Guy:

110 Van Wormer Hall

Office Hours Spring 2017

T, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

W, 10:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Th, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.