Welcome to the PFMF

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There is a disproportionate number of faculty members from underrepresented groups who hold positions in US colleges and university, particularly in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math. The Preparing Future Minority Faculty (PFMF) project is designed to increase the number of graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows from underrepresented groups that ultimately become leading professors in engineering, engineering technology, and the sciences at institutions of higher education. The PFMF project will develop strategies, training materials, and a structured mentoring program, to increase the capability of graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows who intend to become tenure track faculty members at institutions of higher education in engineering, engineering technology, and the sciences. Participation in the program will enable graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows to become more effective faculty members. Emphasis will be placed on developing each participant’s portfolio in the areas of teaching, research, and service well in advance of beginning their career.

The project will develop and implement a network improvement community consisting of HBCUs, MSIs, researchers, practitioners, industry partners, community stakeholders, school districts, and mentoring organizations that will create a model for broadening the participation of minorities in becoming effective STEM faculty. It includes a quasi-experimental research design with matched groups to study the effectiveness of the program. The goals of the project are: 1) To implement an evidence-based comprehensive professional development model that will transform the culture of graduate education and postdoctoral training at NCAT; 2) To train graduate students in the core competency skills needed to effectively navigate the graduate and postdoctoral training process and to successfully achieve careers in the STEM professoriate; and 3) To collaborate, promote, and plan activities that will enhance and complement existing efforts of alliance partners to achieve the common goal of increasing the representation and preparation of underrepresented minorities in the professoriate.