The Preparing Future Faculty certification has been designed to target the needs of graduate students who wish to pursue careers within academia. This certificate provides graduate students with the opportunity to expand their understanding and appreciation for faculty careers in postsecondary institutions.
PDC:PFF is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing an academic career tract. Teaching is not a requirement for the PDC, rather participants complete a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Workshops attended may cover teaching issues or professional development.
Applications will be reviewed and selected on the clarity of:
Download and complete the COPFFN Mentorship Plan to complete an off-campus mentorship with a faculty member on a campus in the Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network from the Graduate Teacher Program website, email your COPFFN Mentorship Plan, with a email letter of application, to gtpCERT@colorado.edu
Complete 20 workshops that include workshops on teaching or professional development.
A professional development workshop is any career-oriented workshop that is not strictly a teaching workshop. Participants sign in at all Graduate Teacher Program and departmental workshops. The Graduate Teacher Program maintains data files on for each student’s GTP; participants must sign in at each workshop.
Participants should also keep track of all workshops they attend in their home departments using the PDC:PFF Personal Attendance Tracking Form, which requires the presenter’s or lead graduate teacher’s signature for each workshop attended.
Please Note: (Regarding workshop attendance: if a graduate student is pursuing two certificates, no double dipping is allowed, i.e., one workshop cannot count for both the Graduate Teacher Certificate and the Professional Development Certificate:PFF).
Site visits are a chance to experience the academic culture of other institutions in the Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network (COPFFN). Graduate students, undergraduate students or postdocs interested in gaining exposure to a different type of faculty and campus environment, are encouraged to join a site visit. Each individual will be matched with a faculty mentor on the host campus for lunch and a departmental visit. GTP works to have a site visit trip twice a year.
Work with either the director or the lead coordinators of the Graduate Teacher Program to discuss your ideas and a potential site for your mentorship and your draft Mentorship Plan.
It is best to email firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment to meet with Dr. Border.
Develop a revised Mentorship Plan that can be shared, along with your CV, with individuals at a potential campus.
Once a host campus mentor has been established, certification requires the mentorship be 120-150 hours. (The Lead Network positions fulfuills these requirements)
Once your mentorship is set up, be sure to agree on and write up a final mentorship plan in coordination with your mentor. You may use the Mentor Interview questions to communicate with your faculty mentor, once the mentoring relationship is set up. Make sure the final mentorship plan includes all items that are required by the Graduate Teacher Program and by the host campus.
Upon completion of the mentorship, the mentor should complete a written evaluation of your work taking into account the goals of the mentorship, the project, the presentation, and your accomplishments during the mentorship. Mentors’ evaluations may meet the criteria of their home campuses. The mentor’s evaluation should be submitted with the student's files to the GTP office via email to gtpCERT@colorado.edu and will help to determine if the student should be granted the certificate.
The graduate student writes a Socratic portfolio that includes:
The appendix of the portfolio should contain appropriate documents such as:
Please submit a .pdf of the Socratic portfolio for approval by the Graduate Teacher Program Director via email to gtpCERT@colorado.edu.
Once the graduate student’s file is complete and approved by the Director of the Graduate Teacher Program, the graduate student will respond to an online exit survey the URL of which will be emailed to the graduate student. Once the exit survey is completed, the certificate will be printed using the graduate student’s name as stated on the application form.
The certificate, signed by the Director of the Graduate Teacher Program and the Dean of the Graduate School, may be picked up in the GTP office or mailed directly to the student. Please verify that the GTP office has up-dated mailing information.