GRAD 801: Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals

GRAD 801: Preparing Future Faculty & Professionals (PFFP)

This 1-credit seminar is an asynchronously-offered course, structured to support students in visioning and actualizing their own professional development. This course is appropriate for students at any point in their PhD and can be retaken up to 3 credits to support students in continual self-development beyond their field of study. Students taking this course establish self-development plans and have the opportunity to achieve draft documents that will contribute to their preparation for the job-market, be that in or out of academia.

Fall offerings of this course focus on Succeeding in Graduate School
Spring offerings focus on Development for Life After your Degree.

This course offers at least 3 live PFFP events each semester that are designed to engage students in interacting with other faculty and professionals to learn more about higher education and career development. To meet the breadth of professional questions and needs that students have at these points in their careers, this course also makes use of an ever-expanding video archive of PFFP offerings, which includes more than 50 videos across 8 themes: Succeeding in Graduate School, Financial, Developing as a Scholar, Job Search & Careers, Becoming a Future Faculty Member, Preparing for Careers Outside of Academia, Conducting and Communicating Research, and Community and Entrepreneurial Engagement.

Course participation:

  1. Requires graduate status.
  2. Supports holistic development of the student scholar.
  3. Prompts students to set goals for their development.
  4. Engages the student in selecting archived video resources or live PFFP events to achieve their professional development goals.
  5. Provides an opportunity to interact with graduate students across campus.
  6. Gives academic credit for attending the PFFP series each semester or for accessing the archived PFFP videos available online.

Learning goals:

  • Identify strategies for successful and timely completion of your degree requirements.
  • Better understand the values, expectations, and institutional contexts of higher education.
  • Develop professional networks of peers, faculty, alumni, and other professionals who can contribute to your success through and beyond graduate school.
  • Grasp current trends in higher education, make your degree more flexible, and prepare yourself to assume roles within a wide possible range of academic and professional contexts.
  • Acquire skills that facilitate success in both academic and non-academic careers, such as career planning, mentoring, research, grant writing, conferencing and communicating work to outside audiences.
  • Learn job search strategies and skills.
  • Enhance cultural competence and understanding of diversity.

For more information please email Mollie Boutell (