William F. McComas
Chair of Studies
310 Peabody Hall
Graduate Certificate Offered (non-degree):
Preparing for the Professoriate (PROF)
The Graduate Certificate in Preparing for the Professoriate is an interdisciplinary program designed to help prepare graduate students for teaching, research and service responsibilities in higher education environments. The program is administered by an advisory committee appointed by the dean of the Graduate School and chaired by the associate dean of the Graduate School as an ex officio member.
Prerequisites to the Certificate Program: Students must be admissible to the Graduate School. Those students who will benefit most from the program will be in doctoral programs with career plans that include or may include service as a professor in a four-year college environment.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Preparing for the Professoriate: (12 hours)
To earn the graduate certificate students must successfully complete the two core courses, GRSD 5003 and GRSD 5033 and, in consultation with the Chair of Studies, select and successfully complete two elective courses that augment or extend any of the topics covered in the core courses.
GRSD 400V. Research Experience Undergraduate Internship (Su). 1-6 Hour.
Internship for students participating in an undergraduate research experience. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
GRSD 5003. The Professoriate: Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Sp). 3 Hours.
Designed to introduce the future academic professional to the expectations of the faculty teaching role in higher education. Topics include techniques of effective teaching and learning, dealing with a variety of institutional expectations, course management issues, and using models of effective teaching across a broad spectrum of class sizes and levels.
GRSD 5013. Field Experience in Gerontology (Irregular). 3 Hours.
Supervised research/practical experience in field setting. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
GRSD 502V. Special Topics in Preparing Future Faculty (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.
Seminar on selected topics for those anticipating a career teaching in higher education. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
GRSD 5033. The Professoriate: Research and Service (Fa). 3 Hours.
Designed to complement GRSD 5003 by focusing on topics of interest to future academic professionals beyond those related to instruction. Topics include developing a research statement, strategies for securing an academic position the general nature of employment and service expectations in higher education, research ethics, and funding issues, including grant proposal writing.