Howard University Graduate School

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ARTICLE Issue 020

Graduate School Hosts Preparing Future Faculty Institute

By Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.

PFF Institute 2018
PFF Institute 2018

The Graduate School sponsored the Preparing Future Faculty Institute on March 27, 2018 in the Interdisciplinary Research Building. More than 100 students heard presentations from partner college and university representatives, former PFF Fellows, and national scientific institutes and associations. The event was designed to add value to students' faculty preparation skills and knowledge.

Belin Mesfin, Representative from the National Science Foundation
Belin Mesfin, Representative from the National Science Foundation

Participating schools and institutions included Emerson College, Prince George's Community College, University of the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, Frederick Community College, James Madison University, University of the District of Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University at Bloomington, the University of Richmond, the National Postdoctoral Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Institutional Types Panel
Institutional Types Panel: Left to Right, Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (James Madison University) Dr. Fatima Jackson (Howard University), Dr. Tony Hawkins (Frederick Community College) Dr. Tom Kingdom (Emerson College), Dr. David Daleke (Indiana University)

"The PFF institute is an annual event that is both a recruitment tool and a way to ensure that our doctoral students who plan to join the professoriate have a variety of pre-faculty or postdoc options. Many of the institutional representatives have a long history of partnership with Howard University." stated Dr. Kamla Deonauth, director of the Center of Excellence for Future Faculty.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Gregory Carr, Chair, African-American Studies, Howard University.

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program at Howard University began in 1994 under former dean Orlando L. Taylor. The program initially had four programs; however, over the years it has grown to include disciplines throughout the school's 13 schools and colleges. The program was originally designed to present an integrated view of the roles of a professional academic through such activities as seminars, workshops, and special networking opportunities with a variety of academic institutions from community colleges to research intensive universities.

Panelists: Former Preparing Future Faculty Fellows, Dr. Cherie Ward, Adjunct Professor, University of the District of Columbia; Chloe Martin, Pre-Faculty Fellow, Montgomery College; Dr. Jabril Johnson, Post doc, National Institutes of Health; Dr. Martha Gaye, Adjunct Professor, Bowie State University; and Dr. Maurice Fluitt, Post doc, Georgetown University

Today, the program operates under the umbrella of the Center of Excellence for Future Faculty, along with the Center for the Integration of Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), and the Certificate for Faculty and University Preparation. CIRTL has 50 partners nationwide and the certificate program is one of four certificates offered by the University. Other certificate programs are Cybersecurity, Women's Studies, and International Affairs. Students take 15 credits beyond their normal degree program in courses in their fields and others specifically designed to provide additional preparation for the professoriate, including using the latest teaching and learning technology and understanding the diverse composition and requirements of today's college and university classrooms.

In addition to students, faculty, and staff, attendees included university officials, including Jacqueline Young, project manager, Office of Faculty Development.

The institute provided a great networking tool for pre-faculty internships and postdocs. Dr. Susan Brenan, program director of the NSF GRFP Fellowship, participated on the postdoc panel. Dr. Brenan also presented a second seminar on the GRFP Fellowship for a group of students in the Department of Biology.

More than 100 PFF Institute participants

Recipients of the fellowship have opportunities for international research collaborations through the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) initiative and professional career development with federal internships provided through the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). GRFP also supports NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative (NSF 13-099).

For more information on the PFF institute, please contact Dr. Kamla Deonauth, or call 202-806-5936.

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