Preparing Future Faculty
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is an ongoing national initiative designed to better prepare graduate students for the multiple roles
they may be asked to serve as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions. At present, Duke is one of 43 doctoral degree-granting
universities that collaborate with nearly 300 partner institutions in the U.S. to form PFF clusters. The basic requirements are:
- Professional Mentoring - You will select a faculty member from one of five surrounding "cluster institutions" and chart out a program.
- Site Visits - You will visit all five "cluster institutions" once during the year.
- Teaching Breakfasts - You will attend monthly meetings to talk about relevant issues.
- Colloquia - You will attend a series of PFF Fellow-only talks.
- Assignments - You will complete readings, create a portfolio, and submit a self-evaluation.
- Retreat - You will attend a fun mini-retreat.
Although the requirements seem daunting, the program is very well-respected nationwide. Also, some reports claim that the program may be completed
without adhering to the schedule strictly.
The Graduate School expects doctoral students matriculating in the fall of 2001 or later to complete a course (GS301 Instructional Uses of
Technology) in the use of instructional technology as part of their professional development. For the 2003-04 academic year, the course requirements
consist of attendance of four instructional technology workshops or creation of an electronic portfolio.
To receive a physics teaching certificate, a student must complete a teaching-related project within the department through a special readings
course (PHY 399). Past projects have included writing a lab for the intro lab class and assisting in teaching a course. Contact Mary Creason for
Non-Linear and Complex Systems
This is for those students doing their doctoral research in a nonlinear subfield and would like to append an advanced certificate to their Ph.D. The
- You will complete a survey course (CNCS 201: Topics in Nonlinear and Complex Systems).
- You will complete four courses from an approved list.
- You will complete your Ph.D. dissertation on a topic in the domain of the Center, with two Center faculty on your dissertation committee.
A student typically elects to enter the certificate program sometime in the first or second year of graduate studies.
Bioinformatics & Genome Technology
Biological and Biologically Inspired Materials
Computational Science & Engineering
The objective of the graduate Certificate program in CSE is to facilitate and recognize interdisciplinary training in the use of modern
computational techniques in the conduct of research. This broad charter encompasses algorithmic, numerical, and implementation issues. The
expectation is not that a student will be expert in all these areas after the limited course-time available via a certificate program, but rather
that a student will have an awareness that all of these areas are important.
International Development Policy
Master of Arts in Teaching
See Section 4 of the document for requirements.
Teaching College Biology