PFF workshops help future faculty better understand how students learn, how to design courses and how to be a better teacher. Fifteen workshops are required for the PFF Graduate Certificate. Six of the workshops are predetermined as mandatory, and electives make up the other ninerequirements. Approved PFF workshops are listed on the PFF schedule. Please contact us if you are unsure about workshop approval.
PFF also hosts hour-long Brown Bag discussions at noon every other week, which can count toward the elective workshop requirements. If you attend two Brown Bags and complete the assignments on Canvas, it counts as an elective. Brown Bags can only be used to fill two electives.
Observe Other Teachers
Arrange to conduct a minimum of 2 observations of faculty or graduate students teaching with their permission. These should be spread out over a period of time rather than be consecutive sessions. These should ideally be of two different instructors rather than two observations of the same instructor. Before you do this, participate in a teaching clinic session to understand how to engage in a teaching observation process in order to reflect and learn about teaching.
Be Observed Teaching
Find a formal instructional role to use as your PFF Practicum. This can be: teaching a course for a semester, guest lecturing the same class multiple times, teaching Assistant work that involves actual instruction, other teaching situations in which you have a formal instructional role may be considered on a case by case basis through consultation with the Director. In your role as instructor, arrange to be observed and receive brief written feedback from two different observers on two different teaching sessions. These should be spread out over a semester rather than be consecutive sessions.
PFF must review and approve your Portfolio Items. The items include a syllabus, teaching philosophy statement, e-portfolio, and rubric. You can make individual or group appointments to do this or email your items to her to review.