Rackham-CRLT May Seminar on Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) General Information

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The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Seminar on Preparing Future Faculty is designed to help prepare senior graduate students for faculty positions. For this nationally-recognized Seminar is for advanced graduate students who have achieved candidacy and have college or university teaching experience. Participants who successfully complete the program will make progress towards the U-M Rackham-CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate.

The 2018 Seminar will take place over five weeks and meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning between May 1 and May 31. Most sessions include a short introduction to content, self-reflection, small group work, large group discussions, and various forms of active learning. One of these sessions is dedicated to a visiting a local college campus outside of U-M to learn about the faculty experience at a range of institutions. Participants will also be expected to complete readings and other professional development assignments between sessions.

Quick Facts

  • We will also consider postdoctoral scholars for the program; however, graduate students will be prioritized due to limited space. 
  • The seminar is free of charge to accepted participants.
  • Spring term enrollment is not required for the PFF Seminar.
  • Attendance is required at all sessions. More than 1 absence will jeopardize your ability to receive credit for the program. 
  • Successful completion of the Seminar will count towards the "B. Learning about teaching" requirement of the GTC program. 
  • To receive credit for the "E. Reflection on instructional practice" requirement of the GTC program, you still must submit your teaching philosophy for a consultation with a CRLT graduate teaching consultant. 
  • Childcare is not available at the Seminar.

If you have any further questions about the application process, please email PFFSeminar@umich.edu or call (734) 764-0505 with questions.