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

Click here to apply for the 2024 Preparing Future Faculty Seminar (applications due 9:00 a.m. on 2/26/24)


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 2024 seminar will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM starting May 7, 2024 through June 6, 2024. 

  • On Tuesdays, our sessions will be in-person to form a learning community and focus on peer feedback and discussions. In addition, our final session on June 6 (Thursday) will be an in-person session to celebrate and conclude the PFF program. All in-person sessions will take place in the Great Lakes Room (4th floor) in Palmer Commons on the central campus. 
  • On the other four Thursdays, we will meet virtually to explore topics on preparing for your future academic careers. 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of pedagogical topics including course design and equity-focused teaching. Participants will also explore different types of academic institutions and positions through faculty panels and a virtual campus visit to a nearby institution. 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. The seminar is free of charge to accepted participants.

Seminar Objectives

  1. Higher education (including institution types and landscapes)
  2. Course design and assessment: (including designing a syllabus for a specific course you could teach)
  3. Equity-focused teaching: (including writing a statement of teaching philosophy)
  4. The academic job search: (including conversations with faculty at a range of institutions, mentorship strategies, and good practices for informational interviews)

Eligibility

  • Participants must have achieved doctoral candidacy before the start of the seminar. Preference will be given to advanced-standing graduate students (i.e. anticipated graduation before Winter 2025).
  • Spring term enrollment is not required for participation in the PFF seminar.
  • Postdocs are not eligible to apply.
  • Participants must have GSI experience or other teaching experiences before the start of the seminar.

Attendance Expectations

Consistent participation and engagement in this five-week program are crucial parts of the program. This is because every session's content builds off the prior ones, and we want to build a robust team-based learning environment for all participants. For these reasons:

  • In order to successfully engage in the PFF program, participants must participate in at least 9 of the 10 sessions to be eligible for the Preparing Future Faculty certificate. 
  • Before submitting the applications, we highly recommend that you start reserving the weekly session times to fully engage in this program (Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, May 7 - June 6, 2024).
  • If applicants expect to miss more than one session, we may ask you to reapply in a future seminar. 

Online Application Requirements

  • Online application form (deadline: 9:00 a.m. on 2/26/24) 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.