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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 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 credit hours, one-semester course. 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 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 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.
Most students will find the demands of the course to be most reasonable. Requirements and activities of the program require only a moderate amount of time. Activities completed through PFx help to prepare students for successful career pathways.
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.
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.
Any student who is pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, DMA, etc.) or an MFA degree is eligible to participate.
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.
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.
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.
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