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Future Professoriate Program

The Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program (CCR)

Future Professoriate Program

What is FPP? How do we participate in FPP within CCR?

The Future Professoriate Program (FPP) is a university-wide professionalization program sponsored by the Graduate School. FPP has two basic goals: preparing graduate students for the various duties of the professoriate and fostering a culture that values pedagogy within graduate education.

The Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program participates in FPP, encouraging doctoral students to complete FPP and receive a Certificate in University Teaching.

FPP begins for CCR students at the start of their second year of teaching for the Writing Program, when CCR students move from Teaching Assistants to Teaching Associates. FPP offers a series of Faculty Teaching Mentors' Seminars for faculty involved with FPP and emphasizes the processes necessary for earning a Certificate in University Teaching.

Each CCR student will receive an FPP mentor at the start of their participation in FPP in their second year of teaching. FPP mentees are ideally assigned to mentors other than their exam chair or dissertation director.

What does FPP mentorship provide?

The FPP mentorship system is designed to provide pedagogical and professional guidance for individual CCR students as they grow as professionals.
Some of the envisioned purposes of the FPP mentorship pairs include:

  • pedagogical guidance stemming from class observations, sharing of teaching materials and teaching dilemmas, and generation of a teaching portfolio.
  • curricular development involving the development of upper-division course proposals, course design, and the teaching of new courses.
  • professional development responding to the relationships between research, teaching, administrative roles, publishing, and more.

Strategies for Mentee Engagement

  1. Invest time in acquainting yourself with your mentor as you plan for future courses and think about proposing courses. Inventory your professional life for your mentor, sharing your aspirations and asking for guidance.
  2. Meet with your mentor at least monthly, including at least one class visitation by your mentor a semester. The more your mentor knows about your teaching life, the more helpful they become in helping you to plan your future. Your FPP will become your primary reference in terms of your teaching and administrative life. The more your FPP mentor knows about this part of your professional life, the most your mentor can share your assets with others.
  3. Recruit your mentor to help you generate new scholarly things --course proposals, conference proposals, teaching portfolio materials, etc.
  4. Generate professionalization goals and a realistic calendar to accomplish those goals. Share those goals with your FPP mentor and exam/dissertation committee alike.