ERIC Number: ED422761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Building Bridges: The Preparing Future Faculty Program and Teaching Assistant Training. Preparing Future Faculty. Occasional Paper.
Pruitt, Anne S.
This paper discusses the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program, the achievements of the program, its implications for educational policy, and its future goals. It notes that PFF was created to address the challenges faced by higher education by helping graduate students prepare to become tomorrow's faculty, strengthening their preparation as teachers of undergraduates, and creating new paths in doctoral education. PFF is especially designed to bring together research universities and nearby undergraduate and community colleges, which provide the bulk of employment opportunities for new Ph.D.s. The paper describes the types of activities undertaken by PFF institutions and departments, and reports the results of a survey of PFF participants, including graduate students, faculty, and administrators. It notes that the vast majority of participants would recommend PFF to their colleagues. The paper encourages graduate faculty members, graduate schools, and graduate students to adopt PFF approaches that go beyond teaching assistant training, so as to help graduate students understand the full complexity of faculty roles and the career paths that are open to them. (MDM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, College Faculty, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attitudes, Educational Policy, Faculty, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Teaching Assistants, Two Year Colleges
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; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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.
Note: For other documents in the "Preparing Future Faculty" program, see HE 031 354-360. Adapted version of a paper presented at the Nation Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (5th, Colorado, November, 1995).