Future Faculty Program

Overview

The Future Faculty Program offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines preparation for teaching responsibilities in higher education.

To complete this program, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars participate in CATLR programming in key areas of teaching and learning, as well as document and receive feedback on the related teaching materials that they produce for their teaching portfolios. These areas and materials include:

Key Areas of Teaching & Learning Related Teaching Materials
Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Diversity statement
Course & Syllabus Design Syllabus
Assignments & Assessment Assignment guidelines & related assessment criteria
Active Learning Lesson plan that integrates active learning
Teaching Statements Teaching statement
Reflecting on Your Teaching Reflections on a teaching experience
Experiential Elective Activities based on your interests and determined in consultation with CATLR

 

For more information, please email catlr-grad@northeastern.edu and see the FAQ below.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the Future Faculty Program?

All graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate. No application is necessary, and there are no tuition or other costs for participating in the program.

What is required to complete the Future Faculty Program?

To complete the program, you are required to:

  • attend designated CATLR events in each of the key areas of teaching and learning listed above;
  • develop the related materials to be arranged in a teaching portfolio; and
  • schedule a final portfolio review with a CATLR consultant.

Participation in CATLR’s events and development of the portfolio must be completed before your graduate degree program or postdoctoral appointment concludes.

Most of the requirements can be fulfilled through CATLR’s regularly offered programming. Some of the programming requirements have been designed to be open-ended, allowing you to choose the approach that is most helpful and meaningful to you. These open-ended requirements include:

  • Reflecting on Your Teaching. This requirement involves the collection and reflection on feedback on one’s teaching; the way in which feedback is collected may be a teaching observation, a student feedback conversation, a student feedback survey, and/or a microteaching session.
  • Experiential Elective. This requirement involves “going above and beyond” the other program requirements, whether this means exploring a particular area of teaching and learning more deeply or exploring a particular area of teaching and learning that is not part of CATLR’s regular programming. For example, participants might develop teaching-related resources and materials for themselves and/or for members of their disciplinary and other communities (e.g., TA handbook, lab manuals, discussion prompts and assignments), plan and facilitate teaching-related programming for members of their disciplinary and other communities (e.g., a microteaching workshop), or reflect on what they have learned by participating in CATLR programming that does not fulfill an explicit requirement for the Future Faculty Program.

For both of these requirements, participants must meet with a CATLR consultant to plan how they will pursue their own interests and satisfy the requirement.

What is CATLR offering this semester that counts toward the Future Faculty Program requirements?

To see what we’re offering in Fall 2017 that can help you meet the program requirements, see below:

Key Areas of Teaching & Learning Fall 2017 Events
Diversity & Inclusive Teaching

 

Academic Job Market Series: Diversity Statements that Align with Your Teaching

Course & Syllabus Design Check back in the future!
Assignments & Assessment Check back in the future!
Active Learning Check back in the future!
Teaching Statements Academic Job Market Series: Writing Your Teaching Statement (Part I and Part II)
Reflecting on Your Teaching Reflections on a teaching experience
Experiential Elective Activities based on your interests and determined in consultation with CATLR

 

Why should I participate in the Future Faculty Program?

For graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who expect to apply for faculty positions, this program offers multiple benefits. This program is also useful for those who are in a teaching role at Northeastern—such as a teaching assistant, lab supervisor, or instructor of record—and who want to develop and reflect on their teaching practices in the more immediate future. Through this program, you will:

  • prepare for faculty-level teaching responsibilities, from designing a course to assembling evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • craft common professional documents related to teaching, such as a syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy; and
  • develop and receive feedback on a teaching portfolio of materials and reflections that can be shared and adapted for a variety of audiences.

When should I start the Future Faculty Program?

You are welcome to start the program anytime. It may be most useful to begin the program once you are starting or already have some experience in a teaching role—such as a teaching assistant, lab supervisor, or instructor of record.

How do I sign up for the Future Faculty Program?

Though no application is required, we ask that you register for the program by emailing CATLR-grad@northeastern.edu with the subject heading “Register for Future Faculty Program.” Once you register for the program, we will set up a one-on-one consultation with a CATLR consultant to discuss any questions about the program and how to integrate its requirements with your particular goals. If you have previously participated in CATLR programming—including the former model of the Future Faculty Program—you and the consultant can also discuss how your participation may count toward the program requirements.

How long will it take me to complete the Future Faculty Program?

The program is designed for you to complete at your own pace, so we encourage you to begin the program whenever your interests and time allow. CATLR will regularly offer programming in each of the key areas of teaching and learning required by the program. We anticipate the program taking participants approximately two years to complete, though this time could be shorter or longer depending on the pacing best suited to you.

Will I receive documentation when I complete the program?

CATLR will provide participants who complete the program with a letter of completion. We also maintain a webpage recognizing the graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have completed the program.

As you complete the program and add materials to your teaching portfolio, you will also be creating your own documentation that you can share and adapt for a variety of audiences, including academic search committees and your own future reflective self.  If you would like to discuss how you can share and adapt your portfolio—or represent your teaching experiences and philosophy in other ways—please contact CATLR-grad@northeastern.edu for a consultation.

What happened to the previous version of the Future Faculty Program?

The Future Faculty Program’s current model reflects CATLR’s ongoing design and development of programming to meet the needs of Northeastern’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as teachers. Many of the key areas of teaching and learning emphasized in the program have remained the same, including course and assignment design, writing a statement of teaching philosophy, and reflecting on a teaching experience.

The main difference is that the program is now more modular so that participants can balance the program requirements and other commitments more easily, as well as engage with the required key areas of teaching and learning when they are most feasible and relevant. For example, a participant who will be teaching at Northeastern as instructor of record may choose to complete the Course & Syllabus Design requirement as part of preparing their course. Likewise, a participant who has the opportunity to give a guest lecture may choose to complete the Reflecting on Your Teaching requirement at that time.