Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is a national initiative which has been implemented at over 43 doctoral degree institutions and over 295 "partner" institutions. The purpose of the PFF program is to provide career-enhancing workshops to students who are considering entering the academic field as teachers and researchers. The PFF program is designed to further students' professional development beyond the confines of the classroom by providing them with experience and insight into other aspects of professional life. The Mentor Program will give students the opportunity to observe faculty meetings and departmental committee work in order to expose them to the administrative aspects of professional life. This exposure will strengthen them as job candidates by increasing their awareness of the dimensions of departmental service as a necessary component of any teaching position. In turn the experience will help students successfully complete the transition from graduate student to new faculty member.

The goal of PFF is to foster professional development across the graduate program. All students are welcome to participate in any and all of the PFF activities within the department and beyond. Those wishing to earn certification in the PFF national program must complete all the component sections listed below. However, the student will determine the actual timing and order of completion. Thus, the program could be completed in a single year or over a series of years. (For example, a student might attend 2 workshops and 1 central event the first year, take the teaching course and another workshop in the second year, then participate in the mentor program in the third year, etc.)

For additional information about the Preparing Future Faculty program, go to the national website at www.preparing-faculty.org For additional information about the PFF program for the Department of History, please contact the PFF History Coordinator, Dr. Jonathan Grant at jgrant@mailer.fsu.edu

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

 

A. Complete the teaching College History course (HIS 6941) offered through the department (or its equivalent at another institution)
B. Attendance/participation in at least 3 in-house PFF professional workshops run by the History department.
C. Attend at least 2 PFF central events
D. Participate in the Mentor program with a partner institution. Mentor activities should try to include:

1.) attending a faculty meeting or committee meeting, if possible
2.) participating in office conversations with mentor,
3) shadowing/observing faculty and discussing the activities observed, and
4) talking to students of the partner institution.

Currently partner institutions are TCC, FAMU, Bainbridge College, Thomas College, Valdosta State University, and Rollins College

E. Write up your experiences in the PFF program and your evaluation of the program as part of a PFF portfolio. The portfolio should include the documentation demonstrating completion of all the component sections of the program.

Although there is no stipend or financial award, once the portfolio has been turned in and verified, we will submit the student's name to receive the PFF certificate.

IN-HOUSE WORKSHOPS

 

Getting a Job:

1. PFF job talk analysis: How to give a job talk
2. c.v. and letter writing for a job
3. Interviewing (From AHA interview to on campus job talk)

Teaching:

1. Technology in the classroom (things you can do)
2. Devising and grading essay and paper topics
3. Gordon Rule papers
4. Discussions in Large Sections
5. Building Teaching Portfolios
6. Planning a Course
7. Experienced TAs Speak
8. Teaching at a Religious College

Research:

1. How to go to a conference (from proposal submission to networking)
2. How to get published: building a publication record
3. Grant proposals
4. Working in Archives

Service:

1. What is Service: Department, College, Professional, Community
2. Managing your time