Preparing Future Faculty

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is a national initiative that transforms the way doctoral programs prepare aspiring faculty members for their careers. It emphasizes an education that is informed by the kinds of responsibilities faculty members actually have at a variety of institutions.


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Contact Us

University of New Hampshire - Graduate School
Preparing Future Faculty Program
Thompson Hall - 105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824-3547

Phone: (603) 862-3009


While doctoral students receive training in the demands of original research, many are under-prepared for the teaching and service requirements they will face as new faculty members. Evidence shows that, during the tenure process, research productivity may fail to meet expectations due to the time demands of service and course preparation placed on new faculty members. Thus, it is advantageous for doctoral students to gain experience in graduate school balancing research, teaching, and service demands.  Review our 2014-2015 Preparing Future Faculty Highlights flyer for more information about the the types of events commonly hosted as part of our PFF program.

UNH Summer Program on College Teaching

Each summer, the UNH Graduate School and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning co-sponsor the Summer Program on College Teaching. The program features both on-campus courses and electronic, asynchronous courses. Scheduled course offerings for the 2015 program are availbe at the Summer Program on College Teaching website.

Academic Model & Programs

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is designed to provide graduate students the necessary tools for becoming successful faculty members. Central to the UNH model are its academic programs in college teaching. The academic programs are offered through the UNH Graduate School in conjunction with The Center for Teaching Excellence and prepare doctoral students for academic teaching positions. Students learn about strategies for teaching and evaluating performance, about the academic environment and about the role of academic citizenship. All courses emphasize the transfer and relationship of theory and research into instructional practice.

UNH is committed to creating a more diverse faculty in the future. The PFF program at UNH encourages graduate students of color to actively participate in PFF and offers a unique opportunity for exchanges and collaboration at other institutions that represent diverse cultural and ethnic communities.

Formal Academic Programs

  • UNH doctoral students have the opportunity to add the 12-credit Cognate in College Teaching to their graduate degree program. It emphasizes the development of classroom teaching skills in a specific field or discipline.
  • Application to Cognate in College Teaching

Program Components

  • Seminars and workshops for Ph.D. students
  • Monthly PFF luncheon round-tables
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National Preparing Future Faculty Program

The national PFF Program was inaugurated in 1993 as a cooperative effort of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts. It began with the broad goal of improving graduate and undergraduate education. Seventeen clusters of institutions received financial support from AAC&U and CGS for the purpose of developing specific programs based on the strengths and interests of particular universities.

In phase two of this project, ten of the original institutions and five additional universities (including the University of New Hampshire), received financial support. These programs were chosen to take PFF from a pilot project to a more national and institutionalized approach. In addition to this goal, all of the participating universities are encouraged to share their PFF knowledge with other institutions that would benefit from the enhancement of graduate and undergraduate education.