PFMF

Please download the application and then fill out the form. Also, you will need to produce a one page personal statement, update your resume/CV, and obtain your unofficial transcript. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once finished, please submit at the link here.

Program Components

Workshops

The program sponsors several workshops for fellows and their mentors throughout the academic year. Many of the workshops require fellows to complete reading or writing assignments in preparation, and all fellows are required to attend at least 80% of the workshops. Once a day and time has been set for workshops, applicants should plan their observation and teaching courses to ensure that they can meet the PFMF attendance requirements.

Mentoring Relationship

In conjunction with a faculty mentor they select, applicants develop a detailed plan for the PFMF year. This plan covers two semesters: an observation semester and a teaching/co-teaching semester. During the observation semester, the fellow observes an undergraduate course taught by the faculty mentor. (Note: the fellow cannot be enrolled in this course.) Over the course of this semester, the fellow will participate in activities that will prepare him or her for teaching the following semester, such as meeting regularly with the faculty mentor, completing structured reflections on the observations, developing course materials (homework assignments or exams), grading, or holding office hours. The details of these arrangements are up to the fellow and faculty mentor.
In the second semester, the fellow teaches or co-teaches an undergraduate course, taking on significant instructional responsibility for the class. (Note: the fellow may not teach or co-teach a graduate course.) In addition to the teaching responsibilities, the fellow should continue the mentoring relationship, including activities such as seeking regular feedback. Although the details of the arrangement are up to each fellow-mentor pair, a formal observation of the fellow’s teaching by the mentor is required.

Teaching Portfolio

Each fellow develops a teaching portfolio documenting the professional development experience of the PFMF year. This portfolio includes a statement of purpose, a statement of teaching philosophy, artifacts of teaching, and a reflective summary on the experience, among other materials. Among the artifacts of teaching are a formal observation report of the fellow’s teaching by his/her mentor as well as a formal report on the fellow’s teaching completed by a PFMF peer. The artifacts of teaching may also include such items as student evaluations of instruction, evidence of course planning and preparation, recordings of teaching, course materials developed, and samples of student work. Fellows selected for the PTP program are provided with a detailed checklist of materials required for the portfolio as well as support in compiling the portfolio materials. The program coordinator provides detailed feedback on the portfolio upon the fellow’s completion of the program.

Professional Development Project

PFMF fellows will complete a professional development project as a part of their program. Mimicking pursuing professional development opportunities as a faculty member, fellows will propose a project that will contribute to their own professional development, be documented in their teaching portfolio, and shared formally with other fellows, via presentation, reflection, or demonstration.

Participant Eligibility

In order to participate in the program, applicants must
1. Be enrolled as doctoral candidates or employed as postdoctoral scholars
2. Have completed 18 graduate credit hours in their major prior to the second year in the PFMF program
3. Be in good academic standing in their department
4. Be at a point in their doctoral program or postdoctoral appointment when they have sufficient time to work with a faculty mentor
Note – The selection committee will give preference to those applicants in STEM disciplines with at least 30 graduate credit hours and a competitive GPA.
The selection committee will also consider applicants’ prior teaching experience and commitment to professional development in teaching.
Up to 20 doctoral students and/or postdoctoral scholars are selected for the program through a University-wide competition each year.

Course Credit Option

With the agreement of the faculty mentor and the student’s graduate advisor, a student may receive up to 3 hours course credit for the teaching semester of his or her participation in the program, under the course number designated for special topics, directed study, or other course approved by the graduate advisor.

Accommodations

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assisting devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Disability Services to discuss accommodations.