ERIC Number: ED471501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Preparing Future Faculty Program: What Difference Does It Make? PFF Occasional Paper Series.
DeNeef, A. Leigh
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program was launched in 1993 to develop new models of doctoral preparation for a faculty career by including preparation for teaching and academic citizenship as well as for research. Through national competitions, grants have been awarded to 43 doctoral producing universities to develop and implement model programs to bring expectations for undergraduate professors into the graduate preparation of future academics. One of the stipulations of these grants has been that universities must form a cluster of institutions so that graduate students can have experience with faculty life as it is lived at diverse institutions. Since the first of these initiatives was launched in 1994, the program has done a good deal of assessment. This study was an evaluation of the central premise of PFF that these new programs produce alumni who are better assistant professors than their counterparts with more traditional preparation. Findings in this study are based on questionnaire surveys completed by 129 individuals who completed a PFF program, received a doctorate, secured a faculty position, and agreed to complete a questionnaire. Follow-up telephone interviews were held with 25 individuals. Findings show that graduates illustrate the commitment of alumni to promoting continuation of PFF and similar programs. Alumni are grateful for what the program gave them, and they have assumed the responsibility to give something back. For these academics, PFF has smoothed the transition between graduate school and their initial academic positions and has brought them into the larger conversation of academic reform. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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.