The Future Faculty Development Certificate (FFD) is designed to target the needs of graduate students who wish to pursue careers in academia. This certificate provides graduate students with the opportunity to expand their understanding and appreciation for faculty careers in postsecondary institutions.

The FFD is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing an academic career track. Teaching is not a requirement for the FFD; rather, participants complete a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Workshops attended may cover teaching issues or professional development.

As of January 26th, 2018, the Graduate Teacher Program has implemented a new sign-in system for our workshops and events. If you would like to check your progress beginning on this date, you can go to Please be aware that this process will take time. If you would like to check your status in the traditional way, it is still to email us at or If you would like to begin the process before attending any workshops or events, you may go the registration site and start your own file.

Please contact the Graduate Teacher Program office at (303) 492-4902 when you are ready to submit your materials. Submit to GTPCert@Colorado.Edu

What are the Requirements for Completion of the FFD?

Step 1 FFD Mentorship Plan

Download and complete the FFD Mentorship Plan to complete an off-campus mentorship with a faculty member on a campus in the Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network (COPFFN) from the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) website. Email your FFD Mentorship Plan, with a letter of application, to

Step 2 Attend 20 Workshops and a Site Visit


Complete 20 workshops that include workshops on teaching or professional development.

  • Requirements include 10 GTP teaching workshops
  • 10 professional development workshops in the GTP or department. 

A professional development workshop is any career-oriented workshop that is not strictly a teaching workshop. Participants sign in at all GTP and departmental workshops. The GTP maintains data files on each student’s GTP progress; participants must sign in at each workshop.

Participants should also keep track of all workshops they attend in their home departments using the FFD 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 CCT and the FFD).

Site Visits

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.

Step 3 Develop Your Potential Site for Your Mentorship

Work with either the director or the lead coordinators of the GTP to discuss your ideas, and a potential site, for your mentorship, and your draft Mentorship Plan.

It is best to email to set an appointment to meet with Dr. Yonemoto (Director).

Step 4 FFD Mentorship at Host Campus

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 conducted in the time required to complete the project.  (The Lead Network positions fulfill these requirements)

Step 5 Mentor Interview

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 GTP and by the host campus.

Step 6 Mentor Evaluation

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 and will help to determine if the student should be granted the certificate.

Step 7 Socratic Portfolio

The graduate student writes a Socratic Portfolio that includes:

  • A narrative or reflective essay which situates the mentorship in the context of the graduate student’s personal and professional development (why did the graduate student do a mentorship, how did the experience fit into his/her preparation for his/her degree and for a future career).
  • A summary of the mentorship experience, tasks accomplished, and a description of future career plans.

The appendix of the portfolio should contain all appropriate documents such as:

  • The graduate student’s letter of application to the FFD.
  • An up-dated FFD Personal Attendance Tracking Form (each item listed, including the list of the teaching and professional development workshops completed, will be cross checked and the signatures verified for accuracy).
  • The graduate student’s FFD Mentorship Plan.
  • The final Mentorship Plan created with the faculty mentor.
  • Documents completed during the mentorship.
  • An outline of the graduate student’s presentation.
  • The mentor’s evaluation of the graduate student.
  • Other existing evaluations of the graduate student’s work.
  • The revised final résume that incorporates knowledge and skills gained during the mentorship.
  • Any other artifacts that the graduate student deems important to demonstrate his/her proficiency and completion of the mentorship.

Please submit a .pdf of the Socratic portfolio for approval by the Graduate Teacher Program Director via email to

Step 8 Complete Exit Survey

Once the graduate student’s file is complete and approved by the Director of the GTP, the graduate student will fill out an online exit survey (link delivered via email). Once the exit survey is completed, the certificate will be printed using the graduate student’s name as stated on the application form.

Step 9 Certification Received

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.

Step 10 Transcript

Completion of the certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript. 

NOTE: To ensure your certificate is added to your final transcript, the portfolio should be turned in to GTP for review at least two weeks prior to end of your final semester.

If you have any questions regarding certificates, please email the Graduate Teacher Program office at

What is the Process for Selection of Candidates?

Applications will be reviewed and selected based on the clarity of:

  • Their plan, goals, and possibility for success.
  • The strength of the student’s academic record.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • The student’s interest in pursuing an academic career in teaching, research, and service.
  • Their fit with a faculty member on another campus.

What are the Parameters of the FFD Project?

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 conducted in the time required to complete the project.  (The Lead Network positions fulfill these requirements)

How Can the Project be Presented?

  • The experience may involve teaching, shadowing, attending meetings, etc. The project may be web-based, video-based, or print-based.  The mentorship may be made up of a mixture of both, if desired.
  • For the required talk, the project may be presented as the creator wishes to an audience of his/her choice, but a faculty menor must be there to evaluate the presentation.
  • The faculty mentor will evaluate the graduate student’s performance via a written evaluation sent to Marcia Yonemoto at
  • Completion of the mentorship and Socratic Portfolio will fulfill the mentorship requirement of the Future Faculty Development Certificate.