Preparing Future Faculty

2019-2020 PFF Class


The Preparing Future Faculty certificate program is coordinated and taught by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) but is a cooperative effort between CTL, the Office of the Graduate School and Mississippi State University Libraries. The program is intended to assist current graduate students in preparing for future faculty careers.

In order to earn the Preparing Future Faculty Program Certification, participants must attend the required class meeting dates and class activities. Please note the detailed schedule below.

Instructor Information

  • Amy Barefield is an Instructional Resource Consultant with the Center for Teaching and Learning and an English instructor. She has twenty years of teaching experience in k-12 and higher education. (Email:
  • Michael W. Seymour is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Teaching and Learning. He has thirteen years of teaching experience at MSU and is a Grisham Master Teacher. (Email:
  • Linda Morse is a Professor of Educational Psychology, Emerita and has had extensive experience working in instructional design, development, and evaluation. She is the former Director of the CTL, a Grisham Master Teacher, and has served as a Research Fellow in the Social Science Research Center.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to:
  • Analyze a class syllabus
  • Identify active learning techniques for use in class
  • Explain expectations regarding faculty roles and responsibilities
  • Explain current thinking regarding best teaching practices
  • Critically analyze an award-winning faculty member’s teaching
  • Compose a teaching philosophy statement
  • Recognize expectations regarding scholarly activities in higher education
  • Prepare for an interview for a faculty position
  • Evaluate their own instruction in terms of successes and difficulties

Participant Benefits

  • Improved understanding of teaching and learning
  • Improved understanding of faculty roles and responsibilities
  • Interaction with peers and faculty across disciplines
  • Improved preparation for faculty positions and the job market

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 29th

Required Class Meeting and Due Dates

Note: All 11 class meetings throughout the year will be from 12-1:30 on Friday. Spring dates are tentative.

Fall 2019

Date Topic Assignment Due
September 13 Program Introduction/Luncheon  
September 20 Getting Started in the Classroom and Disciplinary Principles Reading and written reflection on basics of teaching and discussion of University policy and procedure
October 4 Balancing Act Reading and written reflection on faculty roles and responsibilities
October 18 Quality Teaching Reading and written reflection on quality teaching
November 1 Teaching Observation Written reflection on faculty observation

Spring 2020

Date Topic Assignment
January 24 Research/Scholarly Activities/Grant Writing  
February 7 Teaching Philosophy, Vitae and Portfolios Teaching philosophy review and Draft
February 21 Interviewing for Faculty Positions Reading and reflection on jobs in Academia
March 20 Teaching Capstone Discussion Reading and reflection on challenges of teaching
April 3 Teaching Capstone Discussion Reflection on PFF program
April 27 Etiquette dinner/Certificate Ceremony  

In addition to the class periods above, participants must attend two per semester of the Center for Teaching and Learning events (information and registration at and two per semester of the Mississippi State University Libraries events (a list of eligible workshops will be provided). Participants must make sure to sign-in at each event in order to receive credit for attendance.

Optional Online Teaching Certification

In addition to the PFF certification, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers an online certification course, which we encourage candidates to complete. Online Teaching 101 is an online training course that leads participants through some of the issues in quality online or distance instruction.  Successful completion leads to distance/online certification. Delivered 100% online.  Information and registration can be found at

Resources (a more detailed listing will be available in program workbook):


Fill out the entire application form and send the form to your Advisor for his/her e-signature. The application should then go to your Department Head and Graduate Coordinator for their e-signatures. Once all three signatures are completed, click the “Submit” button. The form will be sent to If you have problems submitting the form, you may attach it to an email and send to and