One way to address a nationwide shortage of doctoral faculty is to build your own. The trick is turning PhD graduates into stronger faculty candidates on the day they’re handed a diploma. “Typically, around 70-80 percent of the PhD graduates enter into the academe arena after graduation, but too many don’t know how to teach,” says Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN.
That’s the quandary behind the Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy, brainchild of a strategic partnership led by Jeffries and Candice Dalrymple, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources. Their initiative was one of eight winners of the 2013 Johns Hopkins PhD Innovation Award.
Each year, 50 PhDs will be enrolled in the Academy, a collaborative interdisciplinary effort across seven degree-granting divisions of the University: the schools of Nursing, Engineering, Education, Medicine, Public Health, Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Arts and Sciences.