ERIC Number: ED422760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Lessons of the PFF Concerning the Job Market. Preparing Future Faculty. Occasional Paper.
DeNeef, A. Leigh
This paper discusses the effectiveness of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program in equipping graduate students for the realities of the academic job market. It reviews the experiences of Duke University (North Carolina) with the PFF program and the effect that PFF has had on preparing graduate students to enter the job market as new faculty. The paper reviews the lessons learned from the program, including the fact that PFF does not "corrupt" students to exclude research universities from their employment horizon, that it contributes to substantive changes in how students think about their professional development, that most graduate faculty have very little first-hand experience with the realties of the current academic job market, and that most graduate students know very little about the routine operations of academic institutions and about the day-to-day life of faculty members in those institutions. It notes that PFF is based on the principle that the more graduate students learn through direct experience about the multiple roles faculty members serve in different academic institutions, the greater their understanding of the kinds of investments necessary to fulfill those responsibilities and the better faculty they will be. (MDM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, College Faculty, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attitudes, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Labor Market, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness
Preparing Future Faculty, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009; phone: 202-884-7423; fax: 202-265-9532; http://www.preparing-faculty.org ($2.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.