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Future faculty members to present work at fair

April 21, 2008

Second-year PFF (Preparing Future Faculty) students will showcase their teaching, research and service projects April 25 at the PFF Capstone Fair, a poster presentation session conducted by the Graduate College.

The event, which will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the large tent on the Student Services Lawn (relocated from MU Ventana B&C), will give visitors an opportunity to engage in informal discussion and get information from PFF graduate students in a variety of disciplines.

ASU’s Preparing Future Faculty is a two-year professional development program for graduate students who want to pursue a faculty position in a college or university.

Through seminars, reading groups and hands-on experiential projects, the program explores the roles of faculty in various institutions, as well as the grant-writing process, how to construct an effective curriculum vitae, job search, promotion and tenure, diversity, ethical issues and other topics.

“ASU was one of the first to implement the PFF program,” says Joan Brett, associate vice provost in the Graduate College. “Our program still serves as a model for PFF efforts across the country. Alumni regularly report that participation gave them an edge in applying for academic jobs, succeeding in their first years and serving as better mentors to their students.”

Students emphasize the competitive advantages of participating in PFF. Andrew Chappell, a doctoral student in theater, says that second-year PFF gave him the opportunity to teach at ASU Polytechnic, as well as meet fellow researchers at Rutgers University.

Dulce Estevez, a doctoral candidate in Spanish in the School of International Letters and Cultures, says that first-year PFF “has opened my eyes to many aspects of the profession that I would have not foreseen in any other way.”

“Thanks to this program, I feel that my expectations of my future profession are more realistic, and that my ability to secure a job has increased exponentially,” Estevez says.

The Capstone Fair is an opportunity for the ASU community to learn about the Preparing Future Faculty Program, as well as discover outstanding graduate student research, teaching and service work in a number of disciplines.

For more information on the Capstone Fair, visit the Web site

Michelle St George,
(480) 9675-5995
Graduate College