Rackham-CRLT May Seminar on Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) General Information

The Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) "Preparing Future Faculty" seminar (PFF) is a nationally-recognized program designed to help prepare doctoral candidates for the academic job search and success in their subsequent faculty positions. The 2018 seminar will take place over five weeks and meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning between May 1 and May 31 (8:30am-noon, except the first and last days which go until 1pm). During the first half of the seminar, participants will have the opportunity engage with number of pedagogical topics including course design, inclusive teaching, and educational assessment. They will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the seminar as they develop and provide peer-feedback on a statement of teaching philosophy and a course syllabus they might use in the future. In the latter half of the seminar, participants will explore different types of academic institutions and positions through readings, faculty panels, and a campus visit to a nearby institution. Participants will also be expected to complete readings and other professional development assignments between sessions.

Seminar Objectives

  1. Course design: Design a syllabus for a specific course you could teach at U-M or another institution utilizing principles of backward design and universal design.
  2. Inclusive teaching: Create a statement of teaching philosophy based on seminar topics and structured conversations/reflections on inclusive and effective teaching practices and experiences.
  3. Assessment: Understand the role of faculty in assessment on multiple levels, from creating assignments in a specific course to university-wide assessment and accreditation. 
  4. Higher education: Explore the modern landscape of higher education beyond your discipline in preparation for the job search and to become a successful faculty member.
  5. Job search: Engage in conversations with fellow U-M graduate students and faculty across diverse institutions about faculty work life and the job search process.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Participants must have achieved doctoral candidacy before the start of the seminar.
  • Participants must have previous teaching or GSI experience before the start of the seminar.
  • Postdoctoral scholars will be considered for the program; however, graduate students will be prioritized due to limited space. 
  • Attendance is required at all sessions. More than 1 absence will jeopardize your ability to receive credit for the program. 
  • Spring term enrollment is not required for participation in the PFF seminar.
  • The seminar is free of charge to accepted participants. 

Graduate Teacher Certificate

  • Successful completion of the Seminar will count towards the "B. Learning about teaching" requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate
  • To receive credit for the "E. Reflection on instructional practice" requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate, you still must submit your teaching philosophy for a consultation with a CRLT graduate student instructor consultant. 

If you have any further questions about the application process, please email PFFSeminar@umich.edu or call (734) 764-0505 with questions.

Click here to submit an online application form

Applications are due Thursday, March 1, 2018