Welcome to the ODU Preparing Future Faculty (PFF). It is the mission of the ODU PFF program to expose graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to the diverse roles, responsibilities, and rewards of an academic career. In doing so it focuses particularly on the teaching and service roles sometimes not included in doctoral training. Fundamental research skills, such as grant writing, publishing, and academic job searching, are also addressed.
PFF is a national initiative sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Association of American Colleges & Universities and supported by numerous disciplinary organizations in the life sciences, math, computer science, the social sciences, health sciences, and humanities. PFF involves providing graduate students with information and experiences relevant to academic careers in their field. Each semester, talks and workshops are offered related to the skills required to build a successful academic career.
PFF also awards a "PFF Certificate" to students who document completion of a certain number of activities related to preparing for an academic career. This site also provides important resources for graduate students entering the job market. The Academic Job Search Resource Page has videos, FAQ, and links to a faculty mentor and discussion page for those students nearing completion of their degree and beginning the job search.
In Fall 2013 two PFF events will be held on Friday, September 20, and Friday, November 8 from noon until 2:00 p.m. Both events will be in the Cape Charles Room in Webb Center. The first event will address Classroom Management issues including how to limit use of technology for non-educational purposes in the classroom. The second event, entitled "Making It Through the Home Stretch" will address issues like preparing for comps, completing the dissertation, and when to go on the job market. Light refreshments are served. Graduate students (and faculty) from all ODU departments and affiliated Universities are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.
Any questions should be directed to:
Chair, PFF Steering Committee