Professor Today (TPT) is a professional development program for
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Designed to facilitate the
transition from student to academic professional, the program focuses
on improving preparedness in three key areasteaching, professional
development, and adjustment to a university career. Activities to
support this endeavor include participating in a pedagogy seminar, attending workshops, observing and
interviewing faculty/administrators, preparing teaching documents,
attending conferences, presenting research, and peer-mentoring fellow
gain enhanced teaching abilities and credentials, are introduced
to many of the responsibilities faced by university faculty and
administrators, attain a more comprehensive understanding of how
the various components (i.e., research, teaching, service) of their
graduate or postgraduate experience relate to one another now and
in their future careers, and become better prepared for the challenges
they will face in their future careers at a university or college. Participants
who complete the program are awarded a certificate and a letter
certifying their successful completion of the program.
The program was initially co-sponsored by the Office
of the Vice President for Research, the
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
to the Program - Those interested
in applying to the TPT Program may complete the online application during the application period, which typically begins in early-April and ends mid-May. Selection of new participants
occurs mid-summer. Learn how to apply.