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

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

Applications for PFF 2022 are now closed.


The Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching's (CRLT) "Preparing Future Faculty" seminar (PFF) is a nationally-recognized program designed to help prepare doctoral candidates for the academic job search and success in their subsequent faculty positions. The 2022 seminar will meet remotely for five weeks beginning May 3, 2022 and will engage participants both synchronously and asynchronously. Synchronous sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. between May 3 and June 2.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of pedagogical topics including course design, classroom instruction, and inclusive teaching practices. Participants will also explore different types of academic institutions and positions through faculty panels and a campus visit to a nearby institution (which may be in-person or virtual, depending on COVID-19 safety considerations). Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the seminar as they develop and provide peer-feedback on a statement of teaching practice and a course syllabus they could use in the future. Participants will also have access to additional readings and resources throughout the program.

Seminar Objectives

  1. Higher education: Explore the modern landscape of higher education in preparation for the job search and to become a successful faculty member.
  2. Course design and assessment: Design a syllabus for a specific course you could teach at U-M or another institution utilizing principles of backward design.
  3. Inclusive teaching: Create a statement of teaching philosophy based on seminar topics and structured conversations/reflections on inclusive, effective teaching practices and experiences.
  4. The academic job search: Engage in conversations with fellow U-M graduate students and faculty across diverse institutions about faculty work life and the job search process.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Participants must have achieved doctoral candidacy before the start of the seminar.
  • Postdocs are not eligible to apply.
  • Participants must be willing to share their writing with peers and contribute to small group discussions.
  • Participants must have GSI experience or other teaching experiences before the start of the seminar.
  • Attendance is required at all sessions. More than 1 absence will jeopardize your ability to receive the certificate. 
  • Participants will be expected to participate synchronously via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (ET).
  • Spring term enrollment is not required for participation in the PFF seminar.
  • The seminar is free of charge to accepted participants. 

Online Application Requirements

  • Online application form (not yet open for 2022) including:
    • Contact information, program/department information, program eligibility
    • 1-paragraph professional bio
    • 1-paragraph overview of your teaching experience
    • 1-paragraph discussion of your interest in PFF
  • A current CV

Graduate Teacher Certificate

  • Successful completion of the Seminar will count towards the "B. Learning about teaching" requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate
  • To receive credit for the "E. Reflection on instructional practice" requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate, you still must submit your statement of teaching practice for a consultation with a CRLT graduate student instructor consultant. 

If you have any further questions about the application process, please email PFFSeminar@umich.edu.