Daniele Bologna was used to being the boss. Before he joined the University of Cincinnati as a doctoral candidate in psychology, he had managed an Italian restaurant, overseen an Ideal Fitness gym and served as president of the Xavier University Graduate Student Association. But when he came to UC, he found himself leading an entirely different set of “employees”—undergraduate students, eager and willing to learn in his Organizational Behavior course. “I had never taught a class before, and now I wasn’t just a TA, I was the instructor of record. That was a little overwhelming for me,” he recalls.
Now with twelve courses under his instructional belt, Bologna is a seasoned lecturer. He hopes to become a professor of industrial and organizational psychology at a college of business and teach as a major part of his career. When asked how he made the transition from newbie teacher to expert educator, he mentions three letters: PFF. They stand for Preparing Future Faculty, a program of classes, workshops and mentoring that readies students for the demands of academia.