The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) helps doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars learn about faculty roles and job expectations and helps ensure that future faculty are prepared to meet the challenges of the current academic market.
Program themes include:
PFF participants have an opportunity to meet with faculty members from MU, regional universities, and community colleges.
I was one of those ones who was super worried about finding a position and a spousal hire. I learned so much about being on the job market and negotiating an offer. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! – Letter from a PFF participant who accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor of science education at Trinity University, a small, private, liberal arts institution in San Antonio, TX.
Although most future faculty members are trained at research universities, 93% of all US institutions are not typically involved in doctoral education (e.g., community colleges, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive institutions).
To address the training of educators bound for non-research-intensive schools, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Science Foundation established the Preparing Future Faculty Program.
The Preparing Future Faculty initiative at the University of Missouri began in fall 2001 and is coordinated by the Graduate School.
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines are eligible to participate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program.
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) course is a year-long series of activities designed to expose graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the realities of teaching, research, and service in higher education.
The course aims to enable graduates to make the transition successfully to employment in the academic community equipped with a realistic knowledge of academic culture, behavioral expectations and career expectations.
Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) students must enroll in 1 credit hour for the fall and spring semester. The program begins in August and ends in May.
Fellows are required to attend classes once a month for the duration of the program.
Fellows will develop a portfolio documenting their teaching, research, and outreach philosophies, activities, and effectiveness.
PFF participants have the opportunity to visit partner institutions to gain exposure to alternative institutional contexts. The participant and the partner-institution mentor will determine the exact nature and frequency of these visits. A partnership agreement form will be completed, and the student will provide feedback on the visit.
While at partner institutions, participants might:
PFF workshops cover various aspects of academic careers. Different topics and presenters are highlighted each semester. Fellows must attend a minimum of two career workshops each semester.
Rather than a required textbook, occasional readings are assigned. Readings are listed in the syllabus on the PFF’s Canvas site and posted for student access through the MU Libraries’ ERes (electronic reserve) service.