ERIC Number: ED422764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
A Memo to Graduate Students Preparing To Be the Faculty of the Future. Preparing Future Faculty. Occasional Paper No. 5.
Bogle, Enid E.; Blondin, Jo Alice; Miller, Jane Lindsay
This paper discusses the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program and its effects on the graduate students that have participated in it, and has some suggestions for graduate students wishing to create a PFF program at their own schools. The PFF program was initiated in 1994 to bring together clusters of colleges and universities to plan programs that introduce graduate students to faculty life in a variety of campus environments. It is designed to help graduate students prepare to become tomorrow's faculty, strengthen their preparation as teachers of undergraduates, and create new paths in doctoral education. Examples of national institutional PFF activities are discussed, along with the results of a survey of past PFF graduate student participants. The most significant benefits reported by participants included improved pedagogical approaches, understanding of one's own strengths and weaknesses, broader understanding of faculty life, opportunities to interact with mentors, and career planning guidance. Suggestions for graduate students wishing to participate in or initiate a PFF program at their own school are included, along with contact information for the PFF national office. (MDM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attitudes, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions
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.
Note: For other documents in the "Preparing Future Faculty" program, see HE 031 354-360.