This section provides links to resources on various elements of most PFF programs. Some of the documents are from the PFF National Office or PFF institutions. Others of the resources are ones that have been found and/or recommended by people involved with PFF.
Please feel free to email suggestions of other resources that would be useful additions to this page. The list here is not exhaustive and would benefit from the expertise of many. If you do email a suggestion, please also indicate where you think your suggestion would best fit.
- Research on Doctoral Education
- Emerging and Future Roles of Faculty
- Infusing PFF Ideas into the Disciplines
- Organizing and Supporting Effective Mentoring
- Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships
- Utilizing Case Studies in Discussion of Faculty Roles and Responsibilities
- Teaching Resource Links
- Research Resource Links
- Career and Job Search Information Links
- Miscellaneous "Graduate Student Life" Resource Links
A number of groups have conducted research on different aspects of doctoral education. Below are links to some of these resources and reports.
- In March 2003, the National Science Foundation hosted a Workshop on the Future of Graduate Education. Read the summary article NSF Workshop Examines the Future of Graduate Education, written by Joan Lorden, CGS/NSF Dean in Residence, and Jennifer Slimowitz, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow fellow.
- The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) recently released the results of its 2000 National Doctoral Programs Survey. To view the survey results and learn more about the group, visit the NAGPS website.
- Dr. Chris M. Golde, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the principal investigator for a nationwide survey of graduate students that is intended to provide a snapshot of their experiences and goals. The study is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered through the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
- Re-envisioning the Ph.D., a project at the University of Washington, did an "environmental" scan of current concerns regarding doctoral preparation. This link goes to the home page of the project's website, which offers current news, updates and more.
PFF clusters include preparation for using technology to do academic work and instruction for developing expertise in newer active, collaborative, experiential, or interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
- Teaching Sociology: A Quarterly Publication of The American Sociological Association
- Teaching Workload of Full-Time Postsecondary Faculty
- Handbook on Teaching Undergraduate Science Courses: A Survival Guide
- Resources for Teaching Reasoning and Critical Thinking in the Disciplines
- Center for Academic Excellence at Portland State University: Portfolio Working Group
- Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation "Doctorate Beyond the Academy" Programs
- Stanford University Learning Lab
- The Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Sacramento
- The Center for Academic Excellence at Tufts University has compiled a number of resources to help senior faculty members mentor junior faculty members.
- The Research Website on Faculty Vitality and Well-Being by Charles Walker at St. Bonaventure University offers generalized characteristics of "vital" faculty and of college campuses that support faculty vitality, a self-scoring inventory on faculty vitality, and suggestions and resources for enhancing faculty well-being.
Technology and Higher Education Links
- Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR)
- Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources
- Text, Technology, and Learning Strategies
- Adaptech Research Project
- Technology Resources
- Evaluating and Teaching with Technology
- Getting Right with Information Technology in the Humanities
- The Humanist Discussion Group: an international electronic seminar on the application of computers to the humanities
- The Humanities-Net Teaching Project
Policy and Forum Links
- AAHE Assessment Forum
- Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates at Research Universities "Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities."
- National Teaching and Learning Forum
- Postgraduates International Network
- Public Agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
- The Education Policy Analysis Archives
- Distance Education in Higher Education, NCES Report
- Research and Assessment in Student Affairs
Journal and Electronic Newsletter Links
- College Student Journal recently published "A Model for Training and Evaluating Graduate Teaching Assistants" (vol. 35, no. 1, 2001), by Stephen F. Davis and Jason P. King. NEW!
- WORKPLACE: the journal for academic labor
- The Education Review. An Electronic Journal of Scholarly Book Reviews in Education
- Learning Curve, a Guide on Media Coverage of Education
- AERA - Special Interest Group on Communications Among Researchers
Miscellaneous Links of Interest
- Worldwide Directory of Residential Colleges
- Survey Research in Education
- History of Higher Education Syllabi Collection
- Assessment Web Site
- Stanford University "Tomorrow's Professor Listserv"
- Research Site for Educators in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
PFF clusters bring PFF ideas and objectives to the attention of disciplinary associations and seek to promote deeper conversations about the most effective preparation for faculty of the 21st century. PFF has made some great strides in this area through the work of the eleven disciplinary societies and their respective PFF 3 and PFF 4 clusters.
- WSSLINKS Women and Gender Studies Web Sites
- Professional Development Resources for Math and Science Teachers
- Women and Mathematics: A Program for Winning Women into Mathematics
- Professional Development Resources for Math and Science Teachers
- Teaching Reasoning and Critical Thinking in the Disciplines
- Interdisciplinary Biology Graduate Program
- The National Communication Association
- Tomorrow's Professor Listserv
- The TATEW parlor, the Teaching Assistant Teaching Enhancement Website at the University of Arkansas, is a resource site written for Teaching Assistants by a Teaching Assistant.
Mentors for research activities are commonplace in doctoral programs. PFF programs include a formalized system of mentoring in teaching and professional service. Just as doctoral students have a mentor to guide their research, they also need guidance as they develop their teaching and service repertoire. Below are links to resources in mentoring.
- Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure. By A. Clay Schoenfeld & Robert Magnan. Madison, WI: Magnan Publications. (1992).
- The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal from Pennsylvania State University is a free electronic publication about academic advising in higher education. The publication's goal is to provide a mechanism for the rapid dissemination of new ideas about advising and for ongoing discourse about advising issues.
- The Center for Academic Excellence at Tufts University has compiled a number of resources to help senior faculty members mentor junior faculty members. The site includes links to mentoring sites as well as an annotated bibliography of print resources.
- Principles of Good Practice: Supporting Early-Career Faculty from AAHE suggests 10 best practices principles to help academic departments, colleges/divisions, and universities improve the life of faculty on the tenure track.
- How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students at a Diverse University from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. The Guide can be downloaded into PDF.
- How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty in a Diverse University is the faculty equivalent to the guide listed above and is also available via PDF.
- How to be a Good Graduate Student - Marie desJardins
- Attributes of Effective & Ineffective Advisors - Bobbi Kerlin
- Survival in the Academy: A Graduate Student Handbook is a product of the Computer Science Department at Indiana University. There is a section on choosing the graduate adviser, survival skills for graduate women, and an overview of the life of the assistant professor.
- SCIENCE's Next Wave: An Electronic Network of the Next Generation of Scientists published a special issue (January 9, 1998) on Mentoring in the scientific community. The issue explores the origins of mentoring and its particular value in science; appraised the current status if both scientific and career mentoring; shared opinions on how mentoring should work and what happens when mentoring relationships go awry; samples several formal mentoring programs with essays from participants, and offers on-line guides, definitions, and recommended reading.
- Mentoring For Success: A Celebration of 25 Years of Mentoring. Sponsored by AT&T and The University of Massachusetts. In cooperation with the Council for Aid to Higher Education.
- Mentoring Leadership & Resource Network: an Affiliate Network of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
- The Mentorship Directory
- On Course website: This site should be of great use for teachers and mentors. It contains many strategies on motivating and engaging your students, strategies to promote student success, and the opportunity to subscribe to the On Course electronic newsletter.
- Tomorrow's Professor Listserv
Institution Specific Pages
- University of North Carolina Mentoring Page
- University of Illinois Mentoring Page, including How to Choose a Research Advisor
- University of Maryland Guide on How to Choose an Advisor
- University of California, Berkeley Graduate School Advice
- Stanford University Graduate School Survival Guide
- The George Washington University Faculty Mentoring Program
- The Dead Thesis Society (support)
- Postdoctorate.net - the network for all postdoctoral professionals who have recently received their post-baccalaureate, who have been around a while, as well as those who are about to get their degree and want to know "what now?"
- The Graduate Student Survival Kit is a great resource for both graduate students and the faculty who advise them. The site offers links to a wide variety of online databases, helps and guides for the life of the graduate student, and other interesting sites.
Collaboration can be a wonderful thing that leads to great innovation, but these institutional partnerships can be difficult to establish and to sustain. PFF leaders have learned a lot about successful clusters. Below are links to articles and other resources that can help guide your thinking about and working in partnerships.
- Alliances through Networking: It is not Rocket Science, by Jaleh Dale
- Networking on the Network, by Phil Agre in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Agre observes that "a great deal of effort is going into technical means for finding information on the net, but hardly anybody has been helping newcomers figure out where the net fits in the larger picture of their own careers." This piece presents the successful practices he has observed over nearly two decades of experience on the net.
It is often the case that when we think of the roles and responsibilities of faculty, teaching and research are easily understood and expectations for service get some fuzzy treatment. Ever on the lookout for aids to help PFF Programs in this regard, the following links are to case studies that can act as a basis upon which you can build a meaningful discussion. The cases studies are divided into the three areas of responsibility: research, teaching, and service. Again, if you know of others, please let us know! We'd love to include them.
- Academic Deans, Vice Presidents, and Department Chairs Cases for Conversation and Reflection - These case studies are about the work of academic administration and the everyday challenges facing department chairs and deans. There are 15 in total.
This section provides links to a wide variety of teaching issues. It includes links to information on pedagogical approaches to teaching, developing teaching portfolios and philosophies, evaluating your teaching.
- The TATEW parlor, the Teaching Assistant Teaching Enhancement Website, at the University of Arkansas is a resource site written for Teaching Assistants by a Teaching Assistant. It's a bit campy and fun but has a lot of good information.
- Writing a Teaching Philosophy by Lee Haugen at Center for Teaching Excellence, Iowa State University.
Learning Styles Links
- The general goal of the Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model of Instruction is to improve the effectiveness of instruction through the identification and matching of individual learning styles with appropriate learning opportunities.
- "The implications of the research literature on learning styles for the design of instructional material" by Catherine McLoughlin appeared in the Australian Journal of Educational Technology in 1999.
- The International Learning Styles Center at Buffalo State University.
- Learning to Learn at the University of Toronto offers links to sites about learning styles and a number of learning styles assessment tools.
- "Different strokes for different folks? A critique of learning styles" by S. Stahl appeared in American Educator in 1999. A summary is posted on the Serious Instructional Technology site.
- Comparing Student Learning Styles in an Online Distance Learning Class and an Equivalent On-Campus Class by David P. Diaz and Ryan B. Cartnal.
- The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR provides support for faculty development and assists in improving and assessing the research environment at their institutions.
This section provides links to information regarding your career and job search. Some of the links are information about creating portfolios, interviewing tips and skills, and the like. Other links are to job listings. Many of these listings include everything from faculty and post-doctoral positions to teaching or research assistants to work study positions, so be sure to check each one.
- Carol Kolmerten, Professor of English at Hood College, has authored an article on What Small Colleges Really Want, published online in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Chris Golde of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has authored an article on the process of negotiating an academic job, published online in Science's Next Wave.
- The Academic Jobs Network is a searchable listing of academic positions organized by state and maintained by the University of Minnesota.
- Academic 360 lists available positions in colleges for faculty, staff and administrative professionals and is not limited to teaching positions.
- Academic Careers Online Global academic job site to search jobs or post resumes in higher education and academia. Includes full and part-time teaching and administrative jobs at colleges and universities around the world. Applicants can for free search current job openings, submit their resume and receive e-mails informing them when matching job opportunities are listed.
- PHDJOBS-L at Emory University
- University Job Bank web site
- Post-doctoral job web site is part of the University Job Bank
- Graduate Assistantship web site also is part of the University Job Bank
- Workplace: The Journal of Academic Labor provides coverage and commentary on academic work.
- Mary Corbin Sies, an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, has on her home page a section of Academic Job Resources. She includes an academic market checklist, interviewing tips, and practice interview questions.
- Kathy A. Fitch, Assistant Professor of English at College of Du Page in Illinois, has put together a "Webfolio Workshop" page that includes information on assessing, creating and supporting student portfolios electronically. The resources section includes many useful links as well.
- The University of Washington's Re-Envisioning the Ph.D. project has a Ph.D. Career Resources page, which features links to a collection of resources related to professional development, jobs, finding funding and more.
The links below are to a wide variety of resources on different elements of graduate student life. Among many others, topics include tools and tips for writing, dissertation resources and support groups, and balancing the many responsibilities of graduate school with the rest of your life.
- Tools, Tips and Ideas to Improve Your Writing - Created by Academic Consulting International (ACI), this site offers many links to tips on improving your writing, tips and rules for effective use of grammar, and discussions on the nuances of the English language.
- Free Online Research and Writing Resources is a link in the above pages. ACI rightly points out that using the web as a research tool can be time-consuming. This link provides links to various databases and search engines ... but more importantly, they've taken the time to annotate each link!
- Survival in the Academy: A Graduate Student Handbook is a product of the Computer Science Department at the University of Indiana. There is a section on choosing the graduate adviser, survival skills for graduate women, and an overview of the life of the assistant professor.