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Preparing Future Faculty Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program is a two-semester program (4 total hours) within the Graduate College that is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows interested in acquiring the basic theory and skills necessary to be an effective communicator and educator.  Preparing Future Faculty students will prepare teaching portfolio and gain mentored teaching experiences as well as developing a personal teaching philosophy.    

Fall Course

BMSC 6202: Meets 2 hours per week

  • Explore topics related to course and lecture development, instructional methods, classroom management student learning and learner assessment
  • Complete required readings from the textbook and selected articles/chapters from published literature
  • Observe and evaluate three teaching observations throughout the semester of 1-2 hours each
  • Deliver two in-class presentations
  • Create and complete a teaching portfolio for the fall

Spring Course

BMSC 6300: Meets in-class once a month.

  • Most time commitment is lecture preparation.
  • Provides discipline-specific teaching experiences in university classrooms
  • Teach at least two lectures (one hour each) in an undergraduate course
  • Teach at least one laboratory or small group teaching session
  • Revise and complete a teaching portfolio started in the fall semester


  • All students must be able to attend classes on the Health Sciences Center campus.
  • Master’s students must be in second year of the program:
    • Exceptions may apply for MS students who started their program in the spring semester
    • Contact Graduate College for permission
  • Doctoral students must have successfully completed the General Examination; exceptions may be made under certain circumstances upon petition to the Graduate dean
  • Post-doctoral fellows will be granted expedited acceptance into the Graduate College as Special Students
  • Send the PFF application with appropriate signatures to
  • Send brief career goal statement to
  • Upon acceptance into the PFF Program, postdocs will be instructed to apply as a Special Graduate Student. Postdocs will need to apply online at:
  • A $75 OUHSC application fee is required ($25 will be refunded with a verification as a postdoc).


Application Deadline - JUNE 15

Maximum class size: Ten (10)

Tuition Waiver and Enrollment Policy

  • Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) are eligible for resident and non-resident tuition waivers.  University fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows classified as IN-STATE residents are eligible for resident tuition waivers.  University fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows classified as NON residents are eligible for non-resident tuition waivers only.  University fees and resident tuition costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • External graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for tuition waivers.  University fees and all tuition costs are the responsibility of the participant.
  • Tuition waivers apply toward 4 credit hours total.
  • In some cases programs/mentors are able to pay for the costs of tuition and fees not covered by waivers.  Participants should check with their program/mentors.
  • University fees are vary with tuition rates and other factors.  Participants may contact the Bursar's Office, if any questions associated with fees.
  • Admitted students will be enrolled in the PFF classes (fall and spring semesters) by Anita Bennett, PFF Program Coordinator.
  • Contact if any questions.

Contact Info

Melissa S. Medina, EdD
PFF Program Director
Graduate College
(405) 271-6484

Anita Bennett
(405) 271-2085 Ext. 48833