applyNowRedWe recommend that all applicants consult the Prospective Fellows’ FAQ. For questions not answered by that document, please contact Dr. Beth Overman, at


Before begining the process: Sign up here for a required information session.

Then, visit the Moodle Site by clicking the Apply Now button at the top right of this page.  There, you will find the 2015-16 Application Instructions page.

2015-16 Application deadline: March 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Notice of selection for the 2015-16 Preparing the Professoriate Fellows will be sent to applicants via campus mail in April 2015. 

Characteristics of Successful Applications 

PFL_logo_compass_081613Applicants had carefully read the program description and ensured that they met all eligibility requirements before completing their applications.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The application materials demonstrated the distinctive thinking of the applicant and his or her mentor for the particular observation and teaching experience proposed.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The pre-teaching experiences in which the Fellow would participate with the mentor were clearly defined and, when relevant, quantified (e.g., regular class observation, curriculum materials development, co-teaching, or teaching small segments of a class).

PFL_logo_compass_081613The teaching semester was taught solely by the Fellow or was co-taught with the mentor, and the fellow performed a significant amount of the teaching.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The process by which the mentor would give feedback to the Fellow (for example, through class observations with mentor feedback, videotaping, reviewing papers with mentor, etc.) was clearly articulated.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The plans for the teaching portfolio, by which participation in Preparing the Professoriate could be documented, were well developed and articulated.

PFL_logo_compass_081613Examples of portfolio contents: reflective/summative statements by Fellows (and mentors) about the experience, statement of course goals, course syllabi, student and faculty evaluations of teaching, videotapes of teaching, examples of student work with commentary, course handouts, exams, and articles or presentations at professional meetings that result from the mentoring experience.

Characteristics of Unsuccessful Applications

PFL_logo_compass_081613The information in the application was vague or incomplete.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The applicant provided little or no evidence of thinking about the mentoring experience.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The applicant was not at an appropriate point in his or her academic career to capitalize on a significant supervised teaching experience.

PFL_logo_compass_081613The applicant proposed very little hands-on teaching.