FPP logo orange backgroundGraduate students in participating departments are eligible to join SU’s Future Professoriate Program, a structured professional development experience for aspiring faculty. The FPP provides students with the experience, confidence, and documented performance they need to excel as teachers and scholars in higher education. We produce candidates who not only get jobs, but quickly become indispensable to the departments, colleges, and universities they join and to the students they teach.

 FPP Goals

  • To prepare graduate  students for the range of responsibilities they will encounter as future faculty members
  • To effect a change in faculty culture by fostering recognition of the importance of teaching as a dimension of graduate education

The FPP is based on a partnership between the Graduate School and participating academic departments/units. The Graduate School provides a general framework for the program, performs administrative and coordinating functions, and sponsors programming relevant across disciplines, while the departments implement mentoring relationships, programs, and other activities tailored to the disciplinary environment and professional needs of their students.

What Does the FPP Offer Graduate Students?

  • Professional development programming and related events designed to assist graduate students as they prepare for life as faculty members
    • The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT), awarded jointly by the Graduate School and participating academic departments to those students who document their readiness to hold faculty appointments through the preparation of FPP Teaching Portfolios
    • Independent mentored teaching experiences under the guidance of faculty teaching mentors
    • The opportunity to attend the annual FPP conference in mid-May
    • Two years’ worth of support in the form of an FPP stipend, disbursed to active program participants on or around May 1

For more detailed information on these and other topics, consult the FPP participant handbook.

Read the latest FPP Newsletter: Fall 2017

FPP Kickoff Event:

Preparing Versatile Professors: Why Transferrable Skills Are Important, and Why Now

Dr. Suzanne Ortega, Council of Graduate Schools
Friday, October 6
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Life Sciences Building 105; reception in LSB Atrium
Click here to register.


Headlining the Future Professoriate Program’s annual “kickoff” event is guest speaker Suzanne Ortega, current president of the Council of Graduate Schools. Her talk will consider the current job market for PhDs, opportunities to diversify career preparation for this group (with a focus on research communication and other transferable skills), and alternatives to the binary academic/non-academic thinking that has long governed discussion of PhD career paths. A catered reception follows her talk. All interested students, faculty, and staff—not just FPP participants—are invited.

Suzanne Ortega is a sociologist and co-author of the widely used textbook Essentials of Sociology. Before becoming president of the Council of Graduate Schools, she served as Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the Universities of Missouri–Columbia and Washington, and held senior leadership positions at the Universities of New Mexico and North Carolina.



“…support and feedback on teaching (at the beginning, during, and even after teaching a particular course) was instrumental in gaining self-confidence and acquiring the skill sets necessary in the classroom.”
– FPP alumnus