IU Bloomington's Preparing Future Faculty program, housed in the Department of Sociology, was developed to provide graduate students with advanced training and opportunities to make them excellent researchers and teachers.
“Preparing Future Faculty is a multipronged program that is geared to giving graduate students an idea of what their life will be like once they finish their Ph.D.,” explains Brian Powell, James H. Rudy professor in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Preparing Future Faculty program. “Higher education is facing many challenges today and it’s very important […] that our graduate students are prepared for what the future might be.”
Each year, the program hosts the Preparing Future Faculty Conference on campus to provide graduate students of all disciplines with information about preparing for their future academic careers. The conference consists of four sessions addressing topics such as developing innovative teaching strategies, balancing teaching, research and service, navigating the job market, acclimating to a new faculty position, and professional opportunities within and outside of academia.