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PFF Certificate Requirements

PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY (PFF) CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS (updated Fall 2013)

To earn the PFF Certificate a student must fulfill the following two requirements:

(1) Complete one semester-long, mentored teaching-related experience during which the student works with a faculty member to focus on teaching issues and processes.

This requirement may be met in several 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).

Working under a teaching mentor for one semester (giving guest lectures, visiting classrooms at ODU and other institutions, and reading teaching-related literature).

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.

Completion of the teaching-related experience must be documented by providing either a written description of the teaching activities completed and signed by the mentor, or a copy of your transcript indicating successful completion of the teaching-related course.

(2) Attend five academic career-related events, three of which must be PFF-sponsored events.

Students must attend at least three PFF-sponsored events. Two PFF-sponsored events are offered each semester.

The remaining 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.

Attend the ODU Graduate Teaching Assistant Instructor Institute (open primarily to funded GTAs)

Complete the Certificate on College Teaching offered by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.

Attend the "Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning" or "Connect with Colleagues" events. Attendance at two of these events will count as one non-PFF related event.

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.)

Attend Faculty Development workshops offered by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT). Acceptable CLT workshops are: Turning Point Clickers in the Classroom: IPad series; Using Prezi For Your Courses; Leveraging Social Media to Enhance Your Courses; Designing and Implementing Assessment in Your Course; Engaging Students in Live Distance Learning Courses; Project-Based Learning.

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.

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.

Complete a faculty development course offered by ODU's PFF program (or an equivalent course offered by an accredited doctoral institution). Pre-approval to count a non-ODU faculty development course should be obtained from the PFF Steering Committee Chair. Completion of this course will count as two non-PFF events for the PFF certificate.

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