GSAS Preparing Future Faculty Intensive Program

Preparing Future Faculty session

The Preparing Future Faculty Intensive program (PFFI) enhances the already extensive training and experience that students receive at Fordham to become a thriving faculty member. Open to students of all disciplines, the redesigned PFFI curriculum (formerly PFF) cultivates the necessary skills for students to successfully navigate the different stages of their academic career (from being on the job market to being on the tenure-track) and balance all areas of faculty life: teaching, research, and service, while integrating diversity in all of these areas.

In order to build a collaborative atmosphere and facilitate sharing resources across disciplines, the revised PFFI program operates on a cohort model where participants move through the program together for one full academic year. Additionally, the PFFI program complements the discipline-specific training on teaching and research that students receive from their individual graduate programs and mentors. For instance, PFFI provides participants in additional training in time-tested and forward-looking pedagogical theories, techniques, and practices rooted in the Jesuit pedagogical tradition. Also, the PFFI program prepares participants for the academic job market by developing application materials, conducting mock interviews, discussing strategies for salary negotiations, and learning how to market and tailor their specific skill sets to different institutions. The PFFI program is not only an opportunity for participants to refine their skills but also to reflect systematically on their training and their work at Fordham to gain a well-rounded perspective of being a faculty member.

To get a better sense of the PFFI program, here is a list of topics that the 2022-2023 PFFI program will cover:

  1. Preparing Faculty Application Materials
  2. What is the Tenure Track?
  3. Teaching, Research, and Service
  4. Institutional Types
  5. Salary Ranges and Negotiations
  6. Building Your Personal and Professional Brand
  7. Digital Pedagogy
  8. Decolonizing the Academy
  9. Inclusive Teaching
  10. Faculty Panel
  11. Faculty Interview Preparation/Mock Interview