Welcome To PFL
Welcome Graduate Students!
The Graduate Schools of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (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 visionaries in their chosen disciplines and careers as they complete their degree.
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 nonprofit 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.
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.
- 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
If the PFL program sounds like it aligns with your ideas of self development please complete the PFL Enrollment Form and contact the PFL Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up a short meeting.
Preparing Future Professionals is designed for currently enrolled, degree-seeking graduate students who plan to pursue business, industry, government or non-profit careers. The PFP program is predicted to take two semesters, though this is only an estimate as some will take longer or shorter to complete the program requirements. PFP allows you to create a personalized curriculum including professionalization and leadership workshops, lectures and meetings; practice presentation, evaluation and assessment skills; develop essential job materials; and learn important strategies for searching and landing a job. The format is built to allow you to maximize the usefulness of each activity in your personal pursuit of professionalism.
Below are two documents that assist you in creating your PFP Proposal. Substitution of similar workshops and activities offered by your academic department, professional organizations, or other university departments is allowed with approval from the PFL Coordinator.
Preparing Future Faculty is designed for currently enrolled, degree-seeking graduate students who plan to pursue an academic career as faculty. The PFF program is predicted to take two semesters to complete, though this is only an estimate as some will take longer or shorter to complete the program requirements. PFF requires you to attend a series of professionalization workshops, lectures and meetings; practice teaching, responsible research and assessment skills; develop job materials and teaching documents; and learn important strategies for searching and landing an academic job. You will also be required to work closely with your choice of faculty mentors to compile an electronic portfolio consisting of personal reflections, essential job materials, evidence of workshop completion, and other relevant documents.
Below are two documents that detail, to different degrees, the work necessary for completion of the PFF program. Substitution of similar workshops and activities offered by your academic department, professional organizations, or other university departments is allowed with approval from the PFL Coordinator.
How do I become a PFL participant?
Complete the PFL Enrollment Form and contact the PFL Coordinator in The Graduate School to set up a short meeting.
Do I need to have a mentor?
The PFF track requires that you have a mentor. This mentor should be a professor on your campus who you believe will give you the time and resources you need to be successful in the program. We advise you go over all the requirements with them ahead of time in order to create clear expectations. The PFP track does not require a mentor, but still advise finding one in order to further your understanding of your field.
Do I need to have a mentor already identified to sign up for PFL?
No. You don’t need to have a mentor to sign up for PFL. However, you will need a mentor or mentors to complete certain PFF requirements, but we allow you the time to establish relationships with faculty mentors as you progress through the program and your studies. We also encourage PFP members to find a mentor, but this is not required for the program.
When can I start the PFL program?
You can begin the PFL program at any time in your graduate studies. The average time it will take to complete the program is 1 year (2 semesters).
Is the program only for Ph.D. students?
No. PFL is an open resource for all currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate students at UNCG or NC A&T.
Is there a fee for the PFL program?
There is no fee to be a part of PFL or to attend any workshops hosted by PFL. Currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate students may participate in PFL and the workshops hosted by PFL at no cost; however, you will be responsible for fees or tuition associated with any courses, conferences, workshops, or other activities that you elect to enroll in to satisfy the requirements of PFL.
Do I have to pick between the Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) and the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) tracks when I sign up?
No. If you’re unsure about which track you want to complete you don’t have to commit yourself to one track or the other. We know the complexities of the job market and encourage students to think about using the PFL program to gain a wide variety of professionalization experience. To receive official notification of completion of the program, however, you will need to fulfill all of the requirements for either the PFF or PFP track.
Can I substitute workshops and activities from other departments, universities or professional organizations for credit towards completion of the PFL program?
Yes. We understand that not all workshops are offered year after year nor will every workshop be applicable to you and your individual studies. You will also find that many other university departments offer workshops, training sessions and courses that would be beneficial to your professional development and progress through the PFL program. You are encouraged to seek out and attend these professionalization opportunities and submit the WORKSHOP SUBSTITUTION FORM to get credit toward completion of the PFL program. If you’re considering making a substitution please contact the PFL Coordinator to confirm that it will count towards your chosen objective.
How does travel and parking work between UNCG and N.C. A&T?
Unfortunately, we can’t offer parking passes for off campus visitors attending workshops. We encourage the use of HEAT busses between campuses as a sustainable travel solution between campuses. The HEAT bus schedule can be found at http://www.rideheat.com/. Hourly rate parking is accessible in campus parking garages and with metered spaces.
Do you assign me a mentor?
No. We believe that it is imperative that our graduate students develop a close mentoring relationship with a faculty mentor for success in their graduate programs and in the PFL program. We think that this choice is best left to the student and faculty members to decide. Your search for a mentor should lead you to someone who will support you throughout the degree/program and be willing to meet with you to accomplish the PFL objectives. Be sure to fill out and submit the MENTOR/MENTEE AGREEMENT form once you and your mentors have agreed to work together.
What official notification do I get upon completion of the PFL program?
Upon fulfilling all of the requirements of the program a review of your portfolio and documents is conducted by the PFL coordinator for final approval. Upon approval UNCG students will receive an official notation on your official university transcripts of completion of the PFL program. Unfortunately we are unable to give official notation for NCAT student’s transcripts.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
The PFL Coordinator is dedicated to helping you understand and complete the PFL process. They will be happy to answer any further questions you might have as you think about signing up or progress through the program. Email at: email@example.com.
Preparing Future Leaders Enrollment Form
This Enrollment Form is required for signing up for the PFL program.
N.C. A&T Preparing Future Leaders FERPA Waiver Form
This FERPA Waiver form is for N.C. 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.
As you decide on and register for the workshops you will attend, please note that a workshop attendance form or substitution workshop form will need to be completed and uploaded to the portfolios. Please note that if a workshop is online it will be indicated in the title and/or description of the workshop.
Follow the links below to the workshop pages from our partner universities:
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.
For additional ideas and strategies for making the most of your mentorship see:
The following links will take you to workshops that were at one time required of PFL members. While these are no longer required they contain wonderful information and we wanted to keep them available to any students who wished to peruse them. Some of these workshops may have missing links or become incompatible as technology evolves. If you ever find this to be the case please let the PFL coordinator know and the Workshop in question will be fixed or removed.
REMINDER– These archived workshops will not count towards your completion of the PFL program.
NCAT On Demand Workshops
- Applying for Scholarships and Fellowships
- Grant Writing: Tips and Strategies
- Research Ethics Module 1
- Research Ethics Module 2
- Research Ethics Module 3
NCAT Career Development Portal
24/7 Career Counselor
Note: *Preparing Future Leaders – 24/7 Career Counselor is a resource.
UNCG Career Services Center Interview Stream
Note: *Preparing Future Leaders – The Career Services Center is a resource. If you are looking for a way to fulfill the requirement for attending a mock interview, the UNCG Career Services software Interview Stream is an option.
Online Modules on Student Assessment
Follow the link at http://pfls.uncg.edu/ to access these modules.
Register from the homepage using your campus email address, and then proceed to take the modules in order.