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PFF Eligibility and Enrollment

Eligibility

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All GSAS students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program, have completed at least 12 credits of graduate-level coursework, and are in good academic standing at Fordham University will be eligible to enroll in PFF.

PFF requirements can be met retroactively, so even though the program takes several years to complete, students in their final years at Fordham are still eligible to enroll. There is no enrollment deadline. We encourage students to begin the program around the second year of their Ph.D. program; however, if you are at a more advanced stage of your graduate studies, you can still participate. You can begin working on PFF requirements at any time, but you must obtain departmental approval prior to joining the program. Talk to your Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), Associate Chair for Graduate Studies (ACGS), or Department Chair about how to begin.

Because we envision this program to be as inclusive as possible, most PFF programming and activities will be open to all GSAS students. First year students interested in pedagogical training and the PFF program may participate in open seminars and activities prior to enrolling.

Fordham prides itself on providing excellent pedagogy training. By participating and completing the PFF Program, you can add a line to your CV indicating that not only are you ready to teach in a classroom, but that you have educated yourself above and beyond already high standards. PFF will be a resource for you to draw on while writing your teaching statement for the job market.

Enrollment

Enrollment in PFF is coordinated by your department’s DGS or the (ACGS). To indicate your interest in participating, please contact your DGS or ACGS to discuss how the program fits into your departmental training. If students would like credit for attending a workshop, conference, or some other event that they think would fulfill a PFF competency, the PFF Program administrator will work with your department to evaluate and vet outside programming to make sure it fulfills competency goals.

Completing the program

Fordham prides itself on providing excellent pedagogy training. By participating and completing the PFF Program, you can add a line to your CV indicating that not only are you ready to teach in a classroom, but that you have educated yourself above and beyond already high standards. PFF will be a resource for you to draw on while writing your teaching statement for the job market.

To finish the program you need to do two things—complete Competency 6: Improvement through Reflection, which includes developing a teaching portfolio and meeting with a departmental mentor to review that portfolio and discuss your progress through the program, and by writing a reflection statement. If you are not sure who your PFF department contact is, please email the GSAS Higher Education Leadership Fellow, Johnny Brennan at pff@fordham.edu

Enrollment records and competency tracking are coordinated through the GSAS Higher Education Leadership Fellow, Johnny Brennan.