Preparing Future Faculty

Wabash Center Work with Doctoral Progams

Helping graduate programs prepare doctoral students for careers as teachers.

A three-year program of grants, teaching seminars, and gatherings of doctoral faculty.


Doctoral education has traditionally focused on developing research and writing skills, and teaching has been considered an inevitable by-product of effective scholarship. Thus, most graduates learned how to teach when they began their first job.

Yet many graduates will find academic appointments where good teaching and student learning are central to the institutional mission. Recognizing this, and pressured by the tighter job market, doctoral programs are increasingly seeking ways to form their students for teaching as part of their preparation for a successful academic career.

The Wabash Center encouraged and supported these efforts through the Graduate Program Teaching Initiative (2011-2016) – providing funds and consultants to gather recent graduates to give feedback on the doctoral program’s teaching preparation efforts.

Our Preparing Future Faculty initiative builds on this earlier program.

Two Primary Foci

  • Preparing Future Faculty Grants – projects up to $50,000 that enhance the preparation of doctoral students for teaching. (Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2017)
  • Teaching Seminars for Doctoral Students – a series of teaching workshops to be held in cities that have a significant concentration of doctoral students enrolled in graduate programs.

Eligibility: Ph.D or Th.D programs in religious or theological studies in the U.S. and Canada

Questions or More Information:
Mary T. Stimming, PhD
Associate Director for Special Programs

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