Preparing Future Leaders

Description of Program:

The Graduate Schools of UNCG and N.C. A&T, in partnership, have established the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program as a strong foundation for graduate student professional development and career preparation. The program is designed to provide valuable, transferable skills and knowledge that will prepare currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate students to be successful and dynamic leaders in their chosen disciplines and careers as they complete their degree.Read More...

Early professionalization during graduate school is an important part of preparation for achieving your career goals, whether you are pursuing an academic faculty position or a job in business, industry, government, or the non-profit sector. The free, non-credit workshops, presentations, and symposia conducted by The Graduate Schools of UNCG and N.C. A&T and other university departments focus on building career skills and providing professionalization opportunities that complement your specialization. You may also incorporate professional development activities designed by your home department as appropriate.

We believe that a strong relationship with a faculty member is indispensable to your success as a graduate student, so we have incorporated mentorship as an integral part of the program. With your mentor’s guidance you will compile an electronic portfolio that collects your personal reflections, best practices, and essential job documents as you progress through the program, giving you a competitive edge with polished job materials and clear insights when you are ready to enter the job market.

The PFL program consists of two tracks to better facilitate the kinds of career planning and professional development of core competencies you will need upon entering the professional workforce in your field. Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) is offered for those students who are pursuing a career as a faculty member in academia, emphasizing pedagogical and professional development in areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) is tailored to those students who are seeking professional careers in business, industry, government, or non-profit positions, focusing on professionalization, research, community engagement, and leadership and management skills. Students whose main interest lies in one track are welcome and encouraged to explore offerings in the other track.


Preparing Future Leaders Goals

  • Deliver focused programs, workshops, and resources for professional development that enhance student marketability, career opportunities, and competitiveness in the job market
  • Promote interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities for student engagement with peers and faculty mentors
  • Support student excellence in learning, responsible research, teaching, community engagement and leadership experiences
  • Strengthen student understanding of the job search and the full range of roles, responsibilities and requirements for success in a future career


Preparing Future Leaders Forms

Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

Preparing Future Leaders Enrollment Form This Enrollment form is required for signing up for the PFL program.

NC A&T Preparing Future Leaders FERPA Waiver Form This FERPA Waiver form is for NC A&T students and is required for signing up for the PFL program.

UNCG Preparing Future Leaders FERPA Waiver Form This FERPA Waiver form is for UNCG students and is required for signing up for the PFL program.

Preparing Future Leaders Mentor-Mentee Agreement Form A copy of this form should be submitted to the PFL Coordinator for every mentor you have agreed to work with. A copy of the form should also be retained by both you and your mentor.

Preparing Future Leaders Workshop Attendance Form This form should be completed and uploaded to your electronic portfolio under the corresponding folio as record of your attendance for every PFL sponsored workshop or training session you attend.

Preparing Future Leaders Workshop Substitution Form This form should be completed and uploaded to your electronic portfolio under the corresponding folio as record of your attendance for every independent workshop or training session you have attended that qualifies for substitution of a PFL sponsored workshop or training session. If you are unsure about whether or not something you have attended will meet the requirements of the PFL program, contact the PFL Coordinator for more information.


Preparing Future Leaders Workshops

For a list of workshops, click here.


Preparing Future Professionals

Preparing Future Professionals is designed for currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate students who plan to pursue business, industry, government or non-profit careers. For more information, click here.


Preparing Future Faculty

Preparing Future Faculty is designed for currently enrolled, degree seeking graduate students who plan to pursue an academic career as teaching faculty.  For more information, click here.


Resources for Mentees

The PFL program relies on strong relationships between mentors and mentees to enhance the quality of academic and professional educational opportunities. Working with mentors is highly rewarding and important for gaining valuable feedback and insight for understanding the full range of responsibilities, roles and requirements expected of you as a professional in your chosen career and discipline. Here you will find valuable information, guidelines and strategies for beginning and maintaining successful mentoring relationships.

Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

Information and Guidelines for Mentees
Here you will find a 5 step process for carrying out a successful mentoring relationship from identifying and approaching prospective mentors, to beginning and maintaining a working relationship with your mentors. We highly recommend you read this as you think about which faculty mentors you want to work with in the PFL program.

Preparing Future Professionals Planning Guide & Checklist
This Planning Guide shows you all of the requirements for completion of the Preparing Future Professionals track. Please use this Planning Guide as a resource for planning and to keep track of your progress in PFP.

Preparing Future Faculty Planning Guide & Checklist
This Planning Guide shows you all of the requirements for completion of the Preparing Future Faculty track. Please use this Planning Guide as a resource for planning and to keep track of your progress in PFF.

For additional ideas and strategies for making the most of your mentorship see:

www.rackham.umich.edu/downloads/publications/mentoring.pdf


Resources for Mentors

The Graduate Schools of UNCG and NCAT have partnered together to offer a professionalization initiative for currently enrolled graduate students to gain valuable skills, insights and experiences that will prepare them to be successful in their scholarly and professional endeavors and equip them to be competitive in the global job market. PFL consists of two tracks: 1) Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) designed to prepare graduate students for faculty positions in academia, and 2) Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) aimed at readying future leaders in professional careers in the business, industry, governmental and non-profit sectors.

In addition to attending workshops and gaining firsthand experiences that will prepare students for their future careers, we believe that students will benefit from working closely with faculty mentors as they progress through their graduate degrees and the PFL program. For more information, click here.


Portfolio Requirements

Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

 Google Drive Quick Tips : Use this quick tips sheet for reference on how to create, edit, share and manage your personal portfolios in Google Drive for the PFL program.

Preparing Future Faculty Folios Portfolio Requirements – This shows you the full program requirements for each individual PFF portfolio folio maintained in Google Drive.

Preparing Future Professionals Folios Portfolio Requirements – This shows you the full program requirements for each individual PFP portfolio folio as it is found on the portfolios maintained in iwebfolio and Google Drive.


Preparing Future Leaders FAQs

To get answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


Preparing Future Leaders Contacts

Preparing Future Leaders Coordinator

Craig Morehead
crmorehe@uncg.edu
pfl@uncg.edu
The Graduate School
241 Mossman Building


Preparing Future Leaders Flyer

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Preparing Future Leaders Flyer

 

E-mail pfl@uncg.edu for questions about the Preparing Future Leaders Program