Future Faculty Program

The Future Faculty Program offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all disciplines preparation for teaching responsibilities in higher education.

The Future Faculty Program is a self-paced program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants who satisfy the program requirements receive a letter of completion.


For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who expect to apply for faculty positions, this program offers multiple benefits. This program is also useful for those who are in a teaching role at Northeastern—such as a teaching assistant, lab supervisor, or instructor of record—and who want to develop and reflect on their teaching practices in the more immediate future. Benefits of participating in the Future Faculty Program include:

  • Preparing for faculty-level teaching responsibilities, from designing a course to assembling evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Crafting common professional documents related to teaching, such as a syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy
  • Developing and receiving feedback on a teaching portfolio of materials and reflections that can be shared and adapted for a variety of audiences


To complete this program, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows participate in CATLR programming in key areas of teaching and learning, as well as document and receive feedback on the related teaching materials that they produce for their teaching portfolios. These areas and materials include:

  • Diversity & Inclusive Teaching
  • Course & Syllabus Design
  • Assignments & Assessment
  • Active Learning
  • Teaching Statements
  • Gathering Feedback on Your Students’ Learning
  • Experiential Elective

Fall 2018 Programming in Key Areas

Below is a list of the events being offered this fall that can help you meet the requirements of the Future Faculty Program.

How to Apply

No formal application is required. Please email catlr-grad to register.

Fostering an Inclusive Learning Environment 

FRIDAY, 10/5 • 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Engaging Learners’ Prior Knowledge through SAIL 

TUESDAY, 10/30 • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Writing Feedback for Multilingual Learners 

WEDNESDAY, 11/7 • 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Learning Across Cultures 

TUESDAY, 12/4 • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Intentional Teaching: Aligning the Components of Your Course

TUESDAY, 9/11 • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Designing Authentic Assignments

TUESDAY, 10/16 • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Active Learning for All Learning Environments

MONDAY, 10/15 • 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Writing Your Teaching Statement, Part 1: Getting Started

THURSDAY, 10/4 • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Writing Your Teaching Statement, Part 2: Draft Feedback

THURSDAY, 10/11 • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Please note, participants are expected to attend both Parts 1 & 2.

Feedback and reflection on a teaching experience

Activities based on your interests and determined in consultation with CATLR