Preparing Future Faculty Program

The VCU Graduate School is committed to providing graduate students with ongoing opportunities for academic and professional development. Working with graduate faculty and academic graduate program directors, and with academic and administrative support from across the university, the Graduate School strives to identify, support and sponsor initiatives that will prepare the next generation of the professoriate in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Excellence — a university center founded to promote and encourage a culture of excellence in teaching at VCU. The Graduate School sponsors the Preparing Future Faculty Program for graduate students interested in pursuing teaching careers in academe.

The PFF Program examines the question, what does it really mean to be faculty?

The PFF Program at VCU offers a series of short courses and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in higher education. The series is modeled on the national Preparing Future Faculty Program created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. PFF courses introduce graduate students to the roles and responsibilities of higher education; address teaching, learning and technology issues in the college classroom; and incorporate material on the academic job search and continued professional development. For those students who complete all course requirements, the capstone course is an internship/externship experience during which the student is mentored by a senior faculty member. The program offers access to resources and activities in the Center for Teaching Excellence and service-learning experiences through the Division of Community Engagement while providing networking opportunities with students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines, as well as discipline-specific areas of study. Since most courses are one or two credits, students are able to add them easily into their academic program schedules.

Please select from the links on the right hand side of this page to learn more about the VCU PFF Program.

For questions regarding the PFF program, contact the office:

Preparing Future Faculty Program
Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduate School
408 W. Franklin St.
P.O. Box 843051
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051
Phone: (804) 827-4545