Preparing Future Faculty and Preparing Future Professionals

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) originated as a national certificate prPostdoc PFF.jpgogram and initiative of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Today it is a specialized course of study across 300 partnering institutions.  Because Postdoctoral Scholars at FSU are coming from an international catchment, they may not have had the opportunity to participate in a US-based training for careers in academia as doctoral students.  In light of this, we developed a course of study that is particularly tailored to the postdoctoral level.  The PFF is designed to prepare Postdoctoral Scholars with the expectations of faculty careers in academia - demands that include research readiness, teaching skills, and mentoring aspects of the profession.  

Overview of PFF Requirements

  • Submission of Faculty Readiness Development Plan to Dr. Devine
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research and one field-specific certification
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Attend 5 Professional Development Workshops or society seminars
  • Supervise A Junior Researcher for Two Semesters
  • Attend 5 seminars or colloquia on Instructional Methods or 2 day PIE certification
  • Complete Grant Writing Training
  • Attend 2 job interview-related presentations by candidates for faculty positions 
  • Attend 3 seminars on the Job Search Process
  • Interview 2 faculty members about development of their careers
  • Submission of Portfolio to Dr. Devine as endorsed by your advisor

Full Packet of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Specialized Studies for Postdoctoral Scholars

Example PFF Portfolio Completed by our First Postdoctoral PFF, Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Mechanical Engineering, March 2017