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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. The core objectives of the PFF program are:

  • To better prepare participants for all aspects of their faculty careers including teaching, research, and service.
  • To provide participants with an in-depth look at successful faculty careers and to reflect on their own pursuits in this context.
  • To provide participants with credentialing for a diverse and competitive academic job market.

PFF at USC is administered through a partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School. PFF is designed to help graduate students and post-docs, those who want to teach at the college level, in their professional development. It provides a mechanism by which participants may receive credentials which reflect initiative and experience toward becoming future faculty. More information about PFF goals and benefits can be viewed below.

PFF Goals

  • Provide a mechanism for recognition of initiative and gained experience in the areas of faculty roles and teaching.
  • Provide a context for encouraging reflective thinking about teaching experiences and the process of teaching and learning.
  • Improve the teaching skills of graduate students and post-docs.
  • Enhance the professional development of graduate students and post-docs.
  • Provide mentoring opportunities to cultivate relationships between current and future faculty.
  • Familiarize graduate students and post-docs with teaching resources and tools.

PFF Benefits

  • Improving your teaching skills.
  • Becoming more aware of faculty roles.
  • Developing a network of professional colleagues.
  • Establishing a mentoring relationship.
  • Increasing your self-confidence as an academic professional.
  • Receiving recognition for initiative and experience above and beyond degree requirements.

Whom do I contact?

Dr. Michelle L. Hardee,
Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence
(803) 777-1975

Other important links:

Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-8322 •