Future Professoriate Program (FPP)

The Future Professoriate Program (FPP) is a program that aims to foster a sense of community among graduate students in the History Department while allowing them to hone skills related to teaching, researching, and developing a professional identity. The purpose of the Future Professoriate Program is to help graduate students develop professionally by means of workshops, annual in-house conferences, and a mentored independent teaching experience. Students who complete these activities and produce a teaching portfolio can receive the University’s Certificate in University Teaching. These endeavors are seen as complements to the training in scholarship and teaching that are regular parts of graduate education.

The History Department FPP offers two variations, which can be congruent or consecutive:

  1. Students who have served as Teaching Assistants can be appointed as Future Professoriate Program Participants for a year, during which they will organize professional development workshops and the annual FPP Graduate Conference (held in the spring semester). FPP Participants work with the faculty director to brainstorm
    topics for the workshops and conference, and gain experience inviting guest speakers creating promotional literature, and leading these events. Students who apply need not be ABD at that time—but they must be making good and timely progress toward their degree. They also will receive a small stipend up to two years. Students may hold this title beyond two years, but with no stipend after the first two.
  2. Students who are ABD—and either have already served a year as a Future Professoriate Program Participant or will do so the following year—can teach a mentored independent course; that is, they can apply to teach a section of HST 201 in the following school year.

The application process for the FPP begins each year around March. Announcements for acceptance into the program for the following school year are made in April. For more information, please contact Professors Mark Schmeller and Junko Takeda.

For additional information:

History Department Future Professoriate Program

SU Graduate School Future Professoriate Program