Preparing Future Faculty Program


Applications Due March 14, 2016, 5 P.M.


PFF Program Application


The Preparing Future Faculty program (PFF) offers Ohio State graduate students the opportunity to experience firsthand the unique challenges and rewards of an academic career at a smaller college or university. Ohio State's PFF program has been in place since 1996 and is modeled after the national initiative by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools.

PFF runs as a graduate level course through the Graduate School. The experience extends for two semesters, and students who participate are enrolled for one credit fall semester and one credit spring semester.

Timing of participation

The PFF program is designed for graduate students who are completing their PhD, MFA, or equivalent degree, and who are interested in exploring options for careers as faculty members. The timing of the PFF program is best suited to graduate students who are one to two years away from conducting an academic job search. PhD students must be post-candidacy at the time the PFF course begins.


Ohio State's program prepares graduate students from any discipline for the challenges of an evolving professoriate that places increasing emphasis on teaching and service as well as research. The signature feature of the PFF program is an arranged mentorship with a faculty member at one of Ohio's liberal arts colleges. PFF fellows also engage in a series of professional and career development workshops and events developed for and limited to students in the PFF program.

Mentorship Activities


Graduate students' participation in the program is noted on their Ohio State transcripts because PFF runs as a credit-bearing graduate-level course.

PFF Partner Institutions

not all particpate in a given year

Baldwin Wallace College John Carroll University Otterbein University
Capital University Kenyon College The College of Wooster
University of Dayton Ohio Dominican University Wittenberg University
Denison University Ohio Wesleyan University Wright State University



Questions about the Preparing Future Faculty program can be directed to Kathleen Wallace, assistant dean, or Ben Reder, program assistant, at (614) 247-7300.



Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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