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Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) is a national program established by the Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Science Foundation.

  • PFF Benefits
  • Improving your teaching skills
  • Becoming more aware of faculty roles and responsibilties
  • Developing a network of professional colleagues
  • Preparing Future Faculty

The PFF program at USC is administered through a partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School. For graduate students and post-docs who want to teach at the college level, PFF is designed to assist with key aspects of professional development. It provides a mechanism by which participants may receive a credential which reflects initiative and experience toward becoming future faculty.

Goals of the PFF Program
  • Better prepare participants for all aspects of their faculty careers including teaching, research, and service.
  • Provide participants with credentialing for a diverse and competitive academic job market.
  • Develop a positive sustained mentoring relationship with a faculty mentor, providing an in-depth look at a successful faculty career.
  • Provide a mechanism of recognition for initiative and gained experience in the areas of faculty roles and teaching.
  • Provide a context to encourage reflective thinking about teaching and the processes of teaching and learning, and to reflect on their own goals in this context.
  • Improve the teaching skills and enhance the professional development of participants, familiarizing participants with teaching and professional resources.
PFF Participation

At any time during your tenure at USC you may apply and begin documenting activities toward the PFF credential. A PFF credential will be awarded upon completion of significant PFF-related experiences. Credentials are presented at Graduate Student Day during the spring semester.

    PFF Application Form
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    PFF Activities

    PFF participants choose activities from the Activities Checklist provided below. Participants must complete at least one activity from each of the seven subcategories, and will receive points for participation upon completion of the Reflection Form. Participants may propose "Other" activities to the PFF Program Manager to count in any given subcategory. Approval is at the discretion of the PFF Program Manager. Items with an asterisk (*) require a mentor reflection as well. Activities completed prior to signing up for PFF qualify as long as a Reflection Form is completed. Only activities completed during tenure at USC qualify for submission.

    Activity Checklist
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    Activities Reflection

    For any activity to count toward the PFF credential, a PFF participant must complete a Reflection Form and submit it to the PFF Program Manager for review. Reflections should be as detailed as necessary to communicate the application of the activity. Reflections may be submitted one at a time or all-together, in hard copy or electronically, to the PFF Program Manager.

    Activity Reflection
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    Mentoring Opportunities

    An essential element of the PFF program is providing mentoring opportunities for PFF participants through a Faculty Mentor. PFF students and post-docs participate in at least one experience where they have a mentored teaching experience and also have the option of acting as a mentor to a younger student. PFF applicants must enlist support of a discipline-specific faculty mentor who will commit to completing the mentored teaching activity with their endorsed PFF participant. Faculty will complete a Faculty Mentor Reflection Form in order to document the mentored experience.

    Faculty Mentor Reflection Forms
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PFF Activities Checklist
  • PFF participants choose activities from the Activities Checklist provided below.
  • Participants must complete at least one activity from each of the seven sub-categories listed in the PFF "Activities Checklist".
  • Participants may propose "Other" activities to the PFF Program Manager to count in any given subcategory. Approval is at the discretion of the PFF Program Manager.
  • A minimum of 15 points must be obtained to earn the PFF credential.
  • Points are documented upon completion of an Activity Reflection (form available in Participation/Form tab).
  • Items with an asterisk (*) indicates Mentor or Evaluator involvement, and requires a Mentor Reflection (form available in Participation/Form tab).
  • Participants may end up with more than 15 points to qualify for their credential because an activity from each sub-category must be represented.
  • Activities completed prior to signing up for PFF qualify as long as a Reflection Form is completed.
  • Only activities completed during tenure at USC qualify for submission.

Activity Checklist downloads
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PFF Resources

Reading Library

The Reading Library housed in the Center for Teaching Excellence includes the following PFF-specific manuals:

  • Gaff, J.G., Pruitt-Logan, A.S., Sims, L.B., & Denecke, D.D. (2003). Preparing Future Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Guide for Change.
  • Pruitt-Logan, A.S., Gaff, J.G. , & Jentoft, J.E. (2002). Preparing Future Faculty in the Sciences and Mathematics: A Guide for Change.
  • Devine, K. (2001). Developing Intellectual Entrepreneurship: For grad students, communication is a basis for success. The Scientist. March 5, 2001.
Other PFF Resources

Other PFF resources available on-line include:

How to include include the PFF credential on your resumes or job application:

  • On your Resume or Curriculum Vitae:
    • List as "Preparing Future Faculty Credential" or "Preparing Future Faculty Certificate"
    • Place this in a section such as "Professional Development Activities," "Other Professional Activities", or "Training and Certifications"
  • In a job application form:
    • Feel free to use or modify this formal statement: "Successful PFF candidates have completed activities designed to prepare participants in the critical areas of faculty competence: teaching, research and service. This accomplishment is an indicator of the participant's initiative and a measure of experience toward becoming future faculty."
2014 Recipients
  • Rahma Jamea Yousef Ajja, Exercise Science
  • Hilmi Atahan Atadil, Hospitality Management
  • Jennifer S. Bartell, English Language and Literature
  • Katie M. Becofsky, Exercise Science
  • Diego Bufquin, Hospitality Management
  • Sarah Kate Calcutt, Theatre Education
  • Brianna Cassidy, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Casey Childers, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Marc Demont, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Jennifer Fill, Biological Sciences
  • Emily O. Garnett, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Danielle Gentile, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Lauren E. Grabowski, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Benjamin K. Haywood, Geography
  • Daniel T. Hughes, Biological Sciences
  • Ann Blair Kennedy, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • TJ Kimel, Political Science
  • Qiulin Lu, Hospitality Management
  • Julia McKinney, Linguistics
  • Isabel, Meusen, Languages Literatures, and Cultures
  • Joni D. Nelson, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Tara D. Raftery, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Daniel Alexander Greenhood Remar, Hospitality Management
  • Naveed Sadiq, Health Services Policy & Management
  • Arpit Saxena, Exercise Science
  • Brian Seiler, Physical Education
  • Chiwoneso Beverley Tinago, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Kristin M. Van De Griend, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
  • Mark VanDriel, History
  • Yingsha Zhang, Hospitality Management
  • Robin P. Shook, Postdoctoral Associate, Exercise Science
  • Brian Seiler, Physical Education
  • Jennifer Fill, Biological Sciences

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2013 Recipients
  • Olusoga Martins Akintunde, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Jennifer Almeda, Ph.D., Political Science
  • Brandi L. Ballard, English
  • De Anna Estella Beasley, Biological Sciences
  • Caroline D. Bergeron, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Grishma Patel Bhavsar, Health Services Policy and Management
  • Min Cai, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Charles David Crabtree, Political Science
  • Shannon Kathleen Crowley, Exercise Science
  • Jessica D'Atri, Linguistics
  • Jennifer Gander, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Brittani Harmon, Health Services Policy and Management
  • Erin Kaye Howie, Exercise Science
  • Morgan Hughey, Exercise Science
  • Celia James, History
  • Deshia A. Leonhirth, Health Services Policy and Management
  • Ali S. Masood, Political Science
  • Tabatha V. McAllister, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Austin Tyler Mohr, Mathematics
  • Melanie Elizabeth Perrault, Physical Education and Athletic Training
  • Padmavathy Nandha Premnath, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences
  • James Risk, History
  • Jennifer L. Slobodian, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Legna M. Torres-Garcia, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Lauren M. Workman, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

2012 Recipients
  • Vittoria Anello, School Psychology
  • Kanadpriya Basu, Mathematics
  • Treena Basu, Mathematics
  • Charity Brown, School Psychology
  • Florencia Cornet, Comparative Literature
  • Julia Ann Englund, School Psychology
  • Heather Smith Googe, Special Education
  • Jennifaye V. Greene, Exercise Science / Physical Therapy Program
  • Igor kondratiev, Electrical Engineering
  • Ryan Lacy, Experimental Psychology
  • Isha Metzger, Clinical-Community Psychology
  • Keith Moore, Biomedical Engineering
  • Kelly Ann Moore, Biomedical Engineering
  • Suzanne Moskalski, Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Ashley Murph-Schwarzer, Political Science
  • Olga Nedorub, Earth and Ocean Sciences / Geological Sciences
  • Jay Neutzler, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jean Marie Place, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
  • Allie Reckendorf, Political Science
  • Rebecca Reid, Political Science
  • Ashlye V. Rumph-Geddis, Instruction and Teacher Education / Teaching and Learning
  • John C. Sieverdes, Exercise Science
  • Peter Warren, Clinical-Community Psychology
  • Tatiana Y. Warren, Exercise Science
  • Brandy S. Wilson, Social Foundations of Education

2011 Recipients
  • Winston Abara, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Shiva Balasubramanian, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Timothy L. Barnes, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Melissa Beaudoin, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karen E. Brinkley, Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathy Dhotre, Epidemiology, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Anne Meike Eilert, Marketing, Moore School of Business
  • Mark T. Evans, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Colby King, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robin Fogle Kurz, Library and Information Science, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
  • Ari Perez Mejia, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Maggi Chandlee Miller, Epidemiology, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Diana Mindrila, Educational Psychology/Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Jason Keith Neill, Counselor Education, College of Education
  • Michelle C. Phillips, Experimental Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Alexandria Cooley Reynolds, Experimental Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Abigail Lundelius Smith, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ryan F. Smith, Piano Performance, School of Music
  • Sandhya Sanduja, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Young Hoon Song, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

2010 Recipients
  • Viji R. Avali, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Jessica D. Bellinger, Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Sarbani Bose, Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Alexis Koskan, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Jan O. Mangual, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Elizabeth Marie Schneider, School Psychology, College of Education
  • Yu Tian, Accounting, Moore School of Business
  • Lisa Tisdale Wigfall, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
2009 Recipients
  • Christopher T. Allen, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniel Baczkowski, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ginny F. Byrd, Social Work, College of Social Work
  • Chanda Livingston Cooper, Earth and Environmental Resources Management, School of the Environment
  • Clayton A. Copeland, Library and Information Science, College of Mass Communications & Information Studies
  • Scott Dirske, Piano Pedagogy, School of Music
  • Tracy Fasolino, Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Faith E. Fletcher, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Rebecca L. Gazda, Experimental Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Heather Hawn, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah Refi Hind, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tonya Jasinski, Counselor Education, College of Education
  • Lorie James, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Evelyn Lawrenz, Marine Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stephen L. Mann, Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chinelo Ogbuanu, Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Adam Joseph Pernsteiner, Public Law, School of Law
  • Melissa Ranhofer, Marine Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • India Dorothy Rose, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Jennifer Tison, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michelle Williams, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health

2008 Recipients
  • Acchia N. J. Albury, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer R. Amos, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Dana Rose Baker, Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Sara Eye Burrows, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karl D. Castillo, Marine Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chei Hwee Chua, International Business, Moore School of Business
  • Luis Alfonso Dau Farah, International Business, Moore School of Business
  • Jennifer Lynn Gay, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Maryam Jafari-Lafti, Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Ibouratou Olga, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Mama-Yari Ogoussan, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Pamela E. Marsh, Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Scott Mayberry, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kerry McCarney-Castle, Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Markesha Miller, Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Ikechukwu U.Ogbuanu, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Sara Peters, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lauran Riser, Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mark Scott Sargent, Religious Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Scott, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mariana Toma-Drane, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Erin Teal Watson, Medicine, School of Medicine

2007 Recipients
  • Jennifer Hope Barwick, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shelly-Ann K. Bowen, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Julie Freelove Charton, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Loralee Donath, Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lois Ann Dowers, Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Aba D. Essuon, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Brenda L. Garcia Diaz, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • TaQuesa McClain, Health Services and Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Alicia Jill Newton, Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Whitney Pate, Marine Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Anna E. Price, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Michael J. Martines Rodriguez, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Ahmed M. Abdel Sattar, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Anton H. C. Smith, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Roy Hampton Smith, Nursing, College of Nursing

PFF Resources


Forms

PFF Application Form
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Activity Checklist
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Activity Reflection in Editable PDF
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Faculty Mentor Reflection
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