Preparing Future Faculty

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Phone: (603) 862-3009

University of New Hampshire
Graduate School
Preparing Future Faculty Program
Thompson Hall 105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824-3547

Mission Statement

The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is a national initiative that transforms the way doctoral programs prepare aspiring faculty members for their careers. It emphasizes an education that is informed by the kinds of responsibilities faculty members actually have at a variety of institutions. While doctoral students receive training in the demands of original research, many are under prepared for the teaching and service requirements they will face as new faculty members. Evidence shows that, during the tenure process, research productivity may fail to meet expectations due to the time demands of service and course preparation placed on new faculty members. Thus, it is advantageous for doctoral students to gain experience in graduate school balancing research, teaching, and service demands.

Frequently Asked Questions about PFF:

Q: What is the PFF model at UNH?

A: The University of New Hampshire founded our Preparing Future Faculty programs in 1997. The programs are University-wide, and have been housed in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. As depicted below, there are a variety of modalities, ranging from full academic programs to one time workshops. UNH’s PFF program is designed to provide graduate, primarily Ph.D., students with the necessary tools to become successful faculty members.  Components include: a 12-credit Cognate and a 32-credit MST in College Teaching, seminars and workshops, monthly luncheon roundtables.

Q: What is a Cognate? What is the difference between the Cognate and MST?


Q: Do I have to pay for summer courses?

A: Students who are on teaching or graduate assistantships do receive a tuition waiver for all GRAD classes. Students who are on research assistantships do not currently receive this tuition waiver benefit.

Q: What if I finish my degree before I can complete the cognate?


Q: I don’t have a teaching assistantship, but I know that I want to be a college professor. Can I still enter the cognate or MST?



Important Links

Graduate School’s PFF Web page

Information about Cognate/MST Course Requirements

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Application for Admittance Cognate or MST Program (PDF)

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