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An Overview Of The Mentoring Experience Under The Preparing Future Faculty Program

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.83.1 - 4.83.6

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Amir Salehpour

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Vijay Subramanian

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Session 2660

An Overview of the Mentoring Experience under the Preparing Future Faculty Program

Vijay Subramanian, Amir Salehpour University of Cincinnati


The Preparing Future Faculty is a well-established program across the United States; and presents a novel approach to graduate education. The program typically involves two or three quarters/semesters of classes on various aspects of faculty development, and one quarter/semester of mentorship program. Institution clusters are developed so that doctoral students in Research I institutions get a chance to learn about the teaching environments in other institutions which focus more on undergraduate education. Mentoring is typically the final stage of the PFF program. Since UC follows a quarter system, I selected the spring quarter of 1997 for my mentorship. The objective of the mentor program was to help me gain experience in an academic environment. This involved teaching-related activities (both in and out of the classroom), participation in departmental/college responsibilities, scholarship activities, student advising, and participation in the senior design projects. The entire exercise provided me an opportunity to get a first-hand perspective of the responsibilities and duties of a faculty member.

This paper has two primary goals. Firstly, it is an overview of our entire experience. This part forms the factual information that is included here. Secondly, we hope that the discussions that follow the information will guide future doctoral students to plan their own mentoring programs.

Introduction to PFF:

Preparing Future Faculty is a national program that presents a new approach to graduate education. The program, called as Preparing Future Faculty, is designed to encourage the development of new approaches to the graduate education of future professors. It was developed by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges and Universities; and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Its aim is two-fold: to help prepare graduate students for the vital responsibilities they will assume as tomorrow’s college and university faculty, and to strengthen their preparation as teachers of undergraduate students. As Robert Schwartz, Director of Education for the Pew trust, points out, it brings the “producers” of Ph.D.’ s together with the “consumers” to work together in preparing future faculty for the diversity of colleges and universities. Anyone interested in getting more information about the PFF program can find it very easily on the internet.

The PFF program has grown deep and wide in the last 5 years. After substantial growth, it is now based on 17 universities, yet there are many more institutions pursuing similar approaches. These universities are mainly those that belong to the Research I group, where the doctoral students are

Salehpour, A., & Subramanian, V. (1999, June), An Overview Of The Mentoring Experience Under The Preparing Future Faculty Program Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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