Texas A&M University

AFF Fellows Certificate Program

In order to earn a Academy for Future Faculty Certificate a participant must:


  1. Attend 4 required seminars covering the basics of the course development cycle. These seminars will be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring. These seminars represent the “core curriculum” of AFF.  Participants are required to answer reflection-oriented questions regarding each seminar topic. These reflections will be available on eCampus.
    Required Seminars:
    1. Course Development Cycle
    2. Philosophy of Teaching Statement
    3. Curriculum Vitae  As an alternative to this workshop you may attend a counseling session with the A&M Career Center. They will be able to provide you with a confirmation that indicates that you're taken the session. Please return this to one of the AFF committee members to get credit for the workshop.
    4. Syllabus
  2. Attend 4 elective seminars on a variety of subjects related to teaching and higher education. These seminars will be delivered both in person (the more traditional seminar) and online. Topics will vary by semester. Participants will be required to fill out a reflection on eCampus for each seminar watched/attended. Additionally, it is possible to attend events by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL). Different reflections will be required for these event as discussed below.  Announcements for CTE and CIRTL seminars will be provided through AFF list-serv emails.
  3. Complete drafts of Teaching Philosophy Statement, CV and Syllabus, to be reviewed and signed by your mentor.
  4. Each participant will select a mentor. The mentor should be a faculty member in any department, but should not be the participant’s advisor. Participants will meet with their mentor several times over the duration of the program to discuss various topics covered in the AFF program. In particular, mentors will review drafts of the documents mentioned in #3 and ultimately will be asked to sign off on documents submitted as part of the AFF certificate program.
  5. Perform 2 classroom observations, only 1 of which may be from the participant’s mentor. Participants will submit the observation forms that documents their reflection on the classroom environment, teaching methods used, and overall effectiveness of the class on eCampus. .

Up to 2 of the required or elective seminars may be viewed online instead of attending the actual seminars. If the student is unable to attend due to academic or geographic considerations they may request the distance option backed by an evidence allowing the entire program to be done remotely. For each seminar viewed online, the student will need to complete a "Video Quiz" on eCampus as well as the regular seminar reflection.

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