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PFF Certificate Requirements

Students who entered a graduate program at ODU or another PFF-affiliated institution in Fall 2011 or later can earn the PFF Certificate by fulfilling the following requirements. To earn the PFF Certificate a student must 1) complete one semester-long, mentored teaching-related experience, and 2) attend at least five academic career related events, three of which must be PFF sponsored events. Please note that general lectures or talks hosted by the University do not fulfill the second requirement.

The teaching-related experience must be a mentored experience lasting a minimum of one semester during which the student works with a faculty member to focus on teaching issues and processes. The requirement may be met in the following ways:

  • Serving as a Teaching Assistant or Course Instructor (teaching a course or serving as a TA for a lecture, discussion group, or lab class). A written description of the Teaching activities completed and signed by the mentor should be provided to document this experience.
  • Working under a teaching mentor for one semester (giving guest lectures, visiting classrooms at ODU and other institutions, and reading teaching-related literature). A written description of the activities completed and signed by the mentor should be provided to document this experience.
  • Completing a course on teaching in your discipline. The course should be related specifically to the process of teaching and not to specific content in the discipline. Pre-approval to count a course towards the PFF certificate should be obtained from the PFF Steering Committee Chair. A copy of your transcript indicating successful completion of the course should be provided to document this experience.

The PFF Steering Committee is aware that not all graduate students serve as GTAs involved in teaching. Students who want to complete the PFF certificate should identify a teaching mentor in their department who would be willing to work with them to complete the PFF certificate requirement. The PFF Steering Committee Chair may assist students in arranging a mentored teaching experience. Required attendance at five academic career-related events can be fulfilled by the following:

Required: Attend at least three PFF sponsored events. Two PFF sponsored events are offered each semester. You may use more than three PFF events to fulfill the requirement of five events.

The remaining two events may be any of the following non-PFF workshops or activities. Completion of these events must be documented by obtaining the signature of the speaker or director of the event.

  1. Attend the ODU Graduate Teaching Assistant Institute (open primarily to funded GTAs)
  2. Complete the Certificate on College Teaching offered by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education
  3. Attend two of the "Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning". Attendance at two of these events will count as one non-PFF related event for the PFF Certificate.
  4. Attend workshops offered by the Office of Research (Grant Proposal Development, Developing Strategies for Successful Health and Biomedical Sciences Grant Submission, Community of Science Workshop, etc.)
  5. Attend workshops offered by ODU Library entitled "Plagiarism: Understanding, Preventing & Detecting It" or "Graduate Assistant Workshop: Essential Library Services/Put the Library to Work for You". Any other Library event requires prior approval of the PFF Steering Committee chair to count towards the certificate.
  6. Attend Faculty Development workshops offered by the Center for Learning Technologies (CLT) that are related to the use of technology in teaching. CLT workshops on using mediated classrooms do not meet this requirement.
  7. Attend a professional workshop related to teaching in your discipline offered at professional conference or at ODU. Pre-approval to count an event towards the PFF certificate should be obtained from the PFF Steering Committee Chair.
  8. Serve as a student representative on a departmental, college, or University committee. Pre-approval to count an event towards the PFF certificate should be obtained from the PFF Steering Committee Chair.

Additional questions: Contact Dr. Wie Yusuf
757-683-4437 or jyusuf@odu.edu