Most graduate students enroll in the FPP with the intention of earning the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT), the capstone of the Future Professoriate Program and a valuable credential that can help job applications stand out amid a pile of otherwise uniformly impressive dossiers. Awarded jointly by the Graduate School and the student’s academic department, the CUT provides a tangible form of recognition to those FPP participants who pursue a program of professional development that demonstrates readiness to assume faculty responsibilities in higher education. Requirements for the CUT. Recipients must:
- Be appointed to the FPP by their academic department/school.
- Participate in at least 6 (of 8) programs in the CUT seminar series or equivalent requirement as specified by the department/school.
- Undertake an independent mentored teaching experience under the guidance of a Faculty Teaching Mentor.
- Construct a teaching portfolio that receives approval by the participant’s Primary Faculty Liaison.
- Complete any additional requirements articulated by the participant’s academic department.
Students may receive the certificate as soon as they have completed all requirements and the primary faculty liaison submits a signed Certificate in University Teaching Completion form to the Graduate School. Forms are due in late March for participants wishing to receive the CUT at the FPP recognition ceremony in late April. With some exceptions (e.g., M.A. students enrolled through Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics), earning the CUT requires at least two years of FPP participation. Students who have earned the CUT may continue to participate in the FPP as long as they remain matriculated and in good standing with their programs.
“All the universities I interviewed with were impressed by the portfolio. It helped me to answer interview questions because I had already had a chance to reflect on my teaching.”
— FPP alumnus
“My portfolio was the basis of my promotion and tenure process.”
— FPP alumnus