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How PFx Got Started
Stemming from the nationally recognized Preparing Future Faculty (1993) (PFF), and the more recently developed Preparing Future Scholars (2013) (PFS) professional development programs, PFx (2017) provides doctoral students, MFA students, and postdocs with an overview of the requirements, career development skills, and plan stratagems necessary for a competitive career.
Preparing Future Faculty and Scholars (PFx) is a two-semester course that will introduce you to the many ways of mobilizing knowledge for multiple audiences as you explore diverse career pathways. You will learn about the various roles of faculty members (research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching, service) as well as administrators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in industry, government, and other non-profit sectors. PFx will help you gain multiple perspectives and develop the skills needed for a successful career inside and outside of academia.
PFx supports an environment in which the diversity and variety of human experience are welcomed and valued. The program, staff, and administrators recognize that race/ethnicity and gender are historically markers of diversity in institutions of higher education, and also further recognize that diversity includes socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, nationality and intellectual perspective. PFx supports an environment in which the diversity and variety of human experiences are welcomed and valued. As PFx reflects and represents the makeup of our regional and national populations, we acknowledge and appreciate the unique history of each student and are committed to meeting the needs and providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere sensitive to all students.
PFx is a two-semester course (fall and spring), one credit hour per semester. Course enrollment approval is competitive and requires approval of the student's advisor (supervisor for postdocs) and the Graduate College. For more information, review the Q & A, or email us at email@example.com.
The goal of PFx is to help you begin to think strategically about the knowledge you are developing as researchers and masters of your art and how to mobilize that knowledge inside and outside the academy.
PFx is developed to
Coursework helps you identify different types of institutions and their key differences, explore multi-career pathways aligned with your own strengths and interests, and develop a plan to successfully find employment opportunities (CV/résumé construction, research pitch and communication beyond the discipline, professional digital portfolios, etc.).
PFx meets every other Friday on the Tempe campus.
Topics may include:
Students locate CVs of recent hires and job postings from institutions in differing classifications using the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ to explore the characteristics of different institutions. They write a short self-reflection paper outlining the findings and the correlation to their own professional aspirations.
PFx includes workshops on preparing curriculum vitae (CV) and résumé. Students create/edit their documents, seek feedback from two faculty mentors, and revise to reflect feedback.
Students complete one in-person professional development workshop each semester to prepare them for the job search, build skills, and to encourage networking. Students can also apply for a career development allowance. They will propose and participate in internship related activities to enhance their career aspirations. Proposed activities can include, but are not limited to, a series of in-person informational interviews or participation in a half-day long set of activities with a self-identified nonacademic mentor at the mentor’s place of employment. These on-site activities would be similar in nature to a job shadow program. During an on-site visitation, the PFx student will also provide a talk about the value of their research to the given field or industry.
To complete the course, you will register for PFx in both the fall and spring semesters. Although consecutive enrollment is not required, you must take the fall semester of PFx before enrolling in the spring semester.
PFx Fall 2017 course information:
Topic: Preparing Future Faculty & Scholars (PFx)
Is PFx a huge time commitment?
Although the workload for PFx may be greater than other 1-credit courses for which you might register, most students will find the demands to be most reasonable. Requirements and activities of the program are distributed throughout the year and most require only a moderate amount of time. Activities completed through PFx help to prepare students for successful career pathways.
Will PFx make a difference?
Students who have completed the traditional PFF and PFS programs have reported that participation provided them with an edge in applying for and securing competitive positions, as well as giving them a better understanding of the demands of their chosen career paths.
What is a terminal degree?
A terminal degree is the highest degree awarded in a specific discipline. The most widely known terminal degree is the doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, etc.). The MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) is a terminal degree for many of the creative arts disciplines. Most institutions of higher education require faculty to hold a terminal degree.
Which terminal degree students can participate in PFx?
Any student who is pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DMA, etc.) or an MFA degree is eligible to participate.
Why can’t masters students participate in PFx?
The program goals of the PFx program are to prepare students who wish to pursue academic, tenure-track positions requiring a terminal degree in their chosen field. The master’s degree is not a terminal degree.
Further, the PFx program ensures that those pursuing a terminal degree learn to clearly articulate the skills honed during the degree process should they choose to pursue a professional career path.
Can PFx count toward my degree?
It depends on your academic unit. Ask your program advisor and graduate program coordinator if the PFx seminars can count as credit towards your Program of Study (POS). Most units do not allow PFx to count toward the degree at this time.
Will PFx help me be a better teacher? Is the program about effective teaching?
Although teaching is covered in PFx, it is only one part of the agenda. There are many other professional development opportunities at ASU to improve teaching.
This is my last year, can I still participate in PFx?
Absolutely! While it is ideal that students complete PFx prior to graduation so they can utilize some of what they’ve learned, the information covered in PFx will be extremely helpful in understanding what will be expected of them as they transition beyond the academy.
Emeritus Faculty Fellowship
Since 2001, the Emeritus Faculty Fellowship has supported Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) students interested in becoming faculty members by providing a small number of fellowships to assist in terminal degree completion.
To be eligible to apply you must meet the following criteria:
All application materials must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on April 13, 2018.
Emeritus Faculty Fellowship
Application form will be available in Spring.