College is the final stage of formal education for many students before embarking on careers and the rest of their lives. As future faculty, you can positively shape your students' future paths. Your academic program at CGU helps you develop excellence as a scholar. But the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program at CGU helps you become an inclusive leader of learning. Through participation in PFF programs and activities, you join like-minded faculty across the nation who seek to build excellence in teaching. The PFF program at CGU integrates your experiences in educational settings with research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to help you develop pedagogical knowledge and skills, whether you are new to teaching or are an experienced educator interested in growing further.
History of PFF. The PFF program was a national initiative launched in 1993 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The initiative aimed to transform how graduate students prepared for academic careers in higher education. Today, these goals are even more urgent, as higher education is changing radically. PFF programs play a critical role in helping graduate students prepare for productive and balanced faculty lives, as well as for ethical and excellent scholarly practice, teaching, and service. For more information about the national PFF initiative, please visit PFF's website.
"Education is by far the biggest and the most hopeful of the Nation's enterprises. Long ago our people recognized that education for all is not only democracy's obligation but its necessity. Education is the foundation of democratic liberties. Without an educated citizenry alert to preserve and extend freedom, it would not long endure."
Truman Commission on Higher Education, 1947
PFF offers professional development opportunities for those interested in developing teaching skills and the capacity to lead others in learning in diverse settings. Our programs and services include:
PFF is for you if you are:
PFF programs and services (except the PFF Courses) are free to all CGU students, alumni, faculty, and staff. If you are not from CGU and want to enroll in our PFF Certificate in College Teaching program, you can do so as a fee-paying student.
"The additional requirements, such as workshops, teaching, observations, and e-portfolio development, helped me a lot to get a better understanding of who I am as an educator, who I want to be, and how I can get there. Realizing my individual needs and setting goals for the future is very useful to me, as it helps me become more driven and motivated to achieve them."
"It gave me a good opportunity to realize the need to systemically design what I am teaching in the future."
"It helped me think about the goals of my own teaching and class, how to specifically construct the syllabus in detail."