Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program


Applications have completed for the 2015 – 2016 PFF program. Please check back for next year’s application.

PFF Application
PFF Program Application


Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program

PFF students

PFF Fellows solving problems

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program, coordinated by the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, was modeled after the national PFF movement.  The program was launched at Auburn University in 2005. The goal is to prepare future faculty to meet the challenges of the 21st century by increasing Auburn University graduate student readiness to assume faculty roles, helping graduate students understand the expectations and functional realities of faculty life, developing wider institutional and personal networks, and making graduate study even more responsive to disciplinary and professional needs.  Graduate students from all disciplines at Auburn University are eligible to participate in the program. In Fall 2013, we welcomed the 10th cohort of PFF Fellows at Auburn.



Discussing in PFF

PFF Fellows collaborating

Coursework – PFF Fellows enroll in two 1-credit courses (Pass / Fail) that address a variety of topics related to academic careers. The courses are scheduled to meet every other week for 2 hours.

Seminars – PFF Fellows attend at least 8 Biggio Center seminars and workshops or other events during the year that relate to teaching and learning in higher education.

Application Process – The PFF Application form will be posted on this page on our website during our application period and requires a letter of interest as well as signature of the student’s major advisor.


Program Topics

  • Preparing your Teaching Statements
  • Carnegie Classifications
  • Funding, Grants and Proposals
  • Job Search Process
  • Tenure and Promotion
  • Ethics in Higher Education
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Publishing your work
  • Faculty Governance
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Microteaching