The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Certificate provides graduate students an opportunity to gain experience and skills necessary to teach at a college or university in their disciplines, while completing their graduate degree at IUP. The Certificate is
provided through the Center for Teaching Excellence and the School of Graduate Studies and Research, though students must have approval from their specific graduate program coordinators. Students must complete core classes (9 credits) within their
degree programs, complete an approved teaching class (3 credits), and participate in activities specific to skill learning and teaching practice. This certificate provides interested students the exposure to faculty life in a protected educational
context, and allows them to make an informed decision about whether or not they want an academic career, while gaining the experience to be competitive if they choose to move forward into teaching.
Application Process and Program Requirements
In fall 2016, the Center for Teaching Excellence began a PFF initiative with graduate students across campus. This initiative was led by John Lewis (RP co-director and criminology professor) and Stephanie Taylor-Davis (CTE director and food and nutrition
professor) was mirrored after Duke University, considered to be the premier PFF program, and also drew upon the framework for the departmentally-based PFF program offered by IUP’s Criminology Department. From 2016 to 2018, monthly
workshops were held to provide students specific information and skills related to teaching at community colleges. These workshops provided interested students information that may not have been available in their degree program, though some graduate
departments do offer a teaching course specific to their discipline. The goal of the CTE PFF program was to help IUP graduate students meets their needs to obtain skills to make them more competitive in their respected fields, as well as make them
more informed instructors if employed to teach at a community college or university in the future. The CTE PFF program was expanded upon and formalized to become part of the IUP Preparing Future Faculty Certificate program (approved by University
Senate on May 1, 2018), supported by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR). The PFF Certificate provides all interested graduate students the opportunity to document gained knowledge and skills
to prepare for college teaching within their discipline. The first cohort of students was accepted into the program in fall 2018.
Role of the Center for Teaching Excellence in the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate program includes:
Role of Graduate Coordinators and/or PFFC Faculty Mentors