ERIC Number: ED422765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
The Impact: Assessing Experiences of Participants in the Preparing Future Faculty Program, 1994-1996. Preparing Future Faculty. Occasional Paper No. 6.
Pruitt-Logan, Anne S.; Gaff, Jerry G.; Weibl, Richard A.
This study examined the effectiveness of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program, initiated in 1994 to bring together clusters of doctoral institutions and partner undergraduate colleges to plan programs that introduce graduate students to faculty life in a variety of campus environments and help them become better instructors. Follow-up surveys involving a total of 706 graduate students, faculty, and administrators were conducted in 1995 and 1996 to examine the effectiveness of the approaches used in PFF. It was found that the vast majority of the participants were supportive of the program, and that the benefits to graduate students were considerable. Although faculty at both doctoral institutions and partner undergraduate institutions who were involved in the program were overwhelmingly supportive, the former were less so than the latter. Future challenges to PFF programs include the need to clearly identify responsibilities among institutions and individuals, to secure adequate funding, to view PFF not simply as an add-on to existing doctoral programs but as an integral part of the program itself, and to have an impact on graduate students' ability to work with a diverse mix of undergraduates. (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Career Planning, College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attitudes, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education
Preparing Future Faculty, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009; phone: 202-884-7423; fax: 202-265-9532; World Wide Web: www.preparing-faculty.org ($2.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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 031 354-359.