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ERIC Number: ED505782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Future Physics Faculty
American Association of Physics Teachers (NJ1)
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a multidisciplinary program involving 43 doctoral degree-granting institutions and more than 250 partner institutions. PFF programs work to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers by focusing on the full range of faculty roles and responsibilities. A PFF program provides doctoral students with opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty. Three core features of national PFF programs include: (1) the cluster: an anchor, doctoral degree-granting institution or department collaborating with various partner institutions or departments; (2) the program must address the full scope of faculty roles and responsibilities that include teaching, research, and service, emphasizing how the expectations for these responsibilities are often quite different in different campus settings; and (3) participating doctoral students should have multiple mentors and receive reflective feedback not only for their research activities but also for their teaching and service activities. As PFF graduates have taken academic positions, their experiences as new faculty continue to provide anecdotal evidence suggesting that they are better prepared than many of their colleagues to meet the expectations for new faculty at their institutions.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Physics Teachers