The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program at the University of Cincinnati is one in which graduate students in terminal degree programs (i.e. PhD and MFA) can get training and mentoring, do student teaching, and gain a teaching certificate. This could serve as a model for other universities or colleges interested in improving training for future faculty, as well as improve the learning experience for their students while still TA’s.
Many individual programs at UC also offer courses in teaching in their individual areas of specialization.
PFF programs grew out of an initiative started by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Graduate Schools. The PFF approach prepares graduate students for a “variety of responsibilities, not just research or teaching”. Currently, there are 45 doctoral degree-granting institutions and nearly 300 “partner” institutions in the US where PFF programs have been implemented. To learn more about PFF programs, go to the Preparing Future Faculty website.