Applications for PFF 2021 open on February 1st, 2021 at 8:00 AM (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 2021 Seminar will meet remotely for five weeks beginning May 4, 2021 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 4 and June 3.
During the first half of the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of pedagogical topics including course design, classroom instruction, and educational assessment. 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. In the latter half of the seminar, they will explore different types of academic institutions and positions through readings, faculty panels, and a campus visit to a nearby institution. Participants will also be expected to complete readings and other professional development assignments between sessions.
- Course design: Design a syllabus for a specific course you could teach at U-M or another institution utilizing principles of backward design.
- Inclusive teaching: Create a statement of teaching practice based on seminar topics and structured conversations/reflections on inclusive, effective teaching practices and experiences.
- Assessment: Understand the role of faculty in assessment on multiple levels, from creating assignments in a specific course to university-wide assessment and accreditation.
- Higher education: Explore the modern landscape of higher education in preparation for the job search and to become a successful faculty member.
- 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 (now closed for 2021) 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.