Our department has a distinguished history of training and supporting graduate students as they prepare to enter their own classrooms for the first time. The establishment of a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program brought our commitment to training students in all the primary roles of faculty members—teaching, research, and service—to a new level.
The program’s focus is to ready our graduate students to enter faculty positions as competent professionals who have already begun a process of growth as teachers, scholars, and members of an academic community. It provides advanced coursework, training, and experiences in teaching and scholarship in a variety of settings, including liberal arts colleges.
The architects of our PFF program were outstanding scholar/teachers—Distinguished Professor Bernice Pescosolido and Rudy Professor Brian Powell, and (later) Chancellor’s Professor Rob Robinson.