In 2007 the A. James Clark School of Engineering launched the Future Faculty Program (FFP), which was created to prepare students from all engineering majors for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools.
The initial noncredit component of the program is open to all graduate students interested in a career in academia. It introduces faculty role models who discuss why they chose a career in academia, how they secured tenure-track positions, and how they have achieved success.
Students who wish to stay with the program are required to apply. After a competitive selection process 20 students, including at least one representative from each of the Clark School's departments, are chosen to be Future Faculty Fellows. Selected students are provided with a $3,000 travel stipend to attend professional conferences, in addition to any teaching or research assistantships they may already have.
During the second, third, and fourth semesters of the program, Future Faculty Fellows attend seminars on topics such as technical writing, oral presentations, creating syllabi and curriculum, teaching and learning styles, identifying research areas, writing grants, and interviewing for faculty positions. Each Fellow is also paired with a senior faculty member with whom they will teach a course and supervise an undergraduate research project, and from whom they will receive mentoring and career counseling.
To learn more about the program, how to apply, and its curriculum, visit the Future Faculty Program Page.