Preparing Future Faculty

In the Spring of 2022, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence will offer a Preparing Future Faculty program for graduate students and postdocs.  

The Preparing Future Faculty program is open to graduate students and postdocs from all departments at the University of Florida. The goal of the program is to help prepare participants for academic careers in a variety of settings. The focus is on learning about faculty life at different types of institutions, honing evidence-based teaching skills, and expanding your mentoring network. This program will not address preparing job application or interview materials for faculty positions.

The Spring 2022 program will be offered through synchronous meetings via Zoom. We will meet on Mondays from 3 - 5 pm. Applications will open October 7, 2021 and close October 29, 2021. The application will be available here.

Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. If accepted, candidates will need to request approval from their advisor to participate in the program. Accepted participants will be notified by mid December. 

Questions? Please email Talline Martins at tmartins@ufl.edu

As a result of participating in this program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a toolbox of evidence-based teaching/learning practices and strategies
  • Expand your mentoring team and learn best practices for mentees and mentors
  • Describe the important aspects of being a successful faculty member, and prepare accordingly during their training at UF
  • Identify key elements of being a faculty member at different types of institutions
Course ComponentWeekWeekly Topic
  1/10/22

Introduction 

Mentoring Up 

Teaching 1/24/22 

Introduction to Teaching and Diversity Statements

  1/31/22

Active Learning

  2/7/22 Helpful Feedback: Group Mentoring Discussion
  2/14/22

Authentic and Useful Assessment

  2/21/22 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) in the Classroom
  2/28/22

Inclusive Learning Environments

  3/14/22

Transparent Teaching

Faculty Life   3/21/22 Panel Discussion: Faculty Life at Research Intensive Institutions
  3/28/22 Panel Discussion: Faculty Life at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions 
  4/4/22 Panel Discussion: Interviewing and Hiring
  4/11/22 Peer Review Session 1: Diversity Statements
  4/18/22 Peer Review Session 2: Teaching Statements
Conclusion  4/25/22 Wrap-Up

Attendance Requirement

Participants must attend each weekly meeting. Participants who have not missed more than three sessions may request a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Mentoring Requirement

Participants must identify a faculty mentor (someone other than immediate advisor) for this program. Participants will be required to meet with their mentors twice monthly for the duration of the program. The program will provide participants and mentors with a list of topics to be discussed (if desired), along with activities that could enhance the quality of the interactions and the outcome of the experience.

The Preparing Future Faculty program is open to graduate students and postdocs from any department at UF. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. 

Application components:

1. Statement of interest in the program (150 words)

2. Summary of teaching accomplishments (250 words)

3. Summary of research/scholarship accomplishments (250 words)

4. Summary of service/outreach activities (250 words)

5. Current CV

Applications for Spring 2022 will open October 7, 2021 and close October 29, 2021.