Future Professoriate Program

The Future Professoriate Program will not be offered to new students for the academic year 2022-2023. We hope to return this valuable content to you soon.

The Future Professoriate Program was designed for doctoral students for these three purposes:

  • Recognize the efforts of those preparing to enter the professoriate.
  • Supplement mentoring and professional development to enhance job readiness for a career in higher education.
  • Develop a higher education portfolio containing a collection of documents to help distinguish applicants when applying for academic positions.
If you are accepted into the program and complete all requirements, you will receive a college teaching notation on your official transcript.


To apply, you must be:

  • Classified as a doctoral student and employed on a graduate assistantship.
  • Able to complete certificate requirements within a two-year period.


  • Engage in a two-semester mentored teaching experience, either as an instructor of record or a teaching assistant.
  • Complete with a satisfactory ("S") grade or a grade higher than "C" either:
    • UNIV 595: Interdisciplinary Teaching Strategies Seminar (one credit hour; pass/fail grading) or
    • An approved discipline-based teaching strategies course.
  • Participate in four approved workshops offered through the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
  • Participate in two approved workshops offered by the Graduate School Career and Professional Development Office focused on seeking a faculty position in higher education.
  • Submit to the Graduate School for review and approval, a higher education electronic portfolio that includes the following elements:
    • Philosophy of teaching statement
    • Research statement
    • Diversity statement
    • Sample cover letter
    • Sample curriculum vitae
    • Sample syllabi
    • Teaching evaluations by students
    • Assessment(s) by your mentor of your teaching and research

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Email: gradsch@niu.edu

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