MF3 Academy Requirements


The Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Academy is a one-year program for senior PhD students (must have passed the qualifying exam) to facilitate the training of the next generation of engineering faculty in research, teaching, and mentoring.


Program Meeting Time:  The MF3 Academy will meet every Friday from Noon to 1 pm during the fall and spring term.  All Mavis Fellows must register for ENG 591 MF3, which is a 1 credit hour course, for both semesters.

Learning Objectives:  As a result of participation in the MF3 Academy, a Mavis Fellow will

  1. understand the different responsibilities of a faculty member – teaching, research, and service.
  2. be able to identify and pursue steps to becoming an effect mentor.
  3. be able to identify and pursue steps to becoming an effect teacher.
  4. be able to identify and pursue steps to becoming an effect researcher.
  5. be able to identify and pursue activities that strengthen an application for an engineering faculty position.
  6. understand the process of searching, applying, and interviewing for academic positions.
  7. connect with Mavis Alumni and faculty within the College of Engineering.

Assignments:  Fellows will complete the following assignments throughout the course of the academic year.

  • Prepare a research and teaching statements that would be used in a faculty application.  This is to be completed in consultation with a faculty member.
  • Develop a CV.
  • Mentor a less-experienced graduate or undergraduate student for at least one semester.  Provide a two-page summary of this mentoring experience, as well as the mentoring experience with the faculty member, highlighting expectations set, projects completed, guidance given, etc.
  • Give a formal research presentation, e.g., a conference presentation or an invited seminar open to the university community to prepare for a research presentation that would be given in a faculty interview.  The presentation must be least a 30 minute presentation with a question and answer session, which is similar to a research presentation during a faculty interview.  A poster session nor the preliminary exam meet this requirement.
  • Complete a capstone project.
  • Complete a one-semester TA appointment either in the fall or spring term.  Previous TA appointments will not be counted.

Attendance and Grading Policy:  ENG 591 MF3 is pass/fail only.  Class attendance is required.  More than one excused absence will result in an unsatisfactory grade.  To earn a satisfactory grade, fellows must complete all assignments by the stipulated deadlines.

Overview of Program Topics:  Here is a sample of the topics that will be covered in the MF3 Academy during the academic year.  For more details, see the 2018-2019 Program Syllabus.

  • How to be a Good Mentor and Mentee
  • Life as a Faculty Member
  • Learning how to Handle Difficult Situations
  • Preparing Application Materials for a Faculty Position
  • The Faculty Interview Process
  • Giving Effective Research Presentations
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Tips to be Successful as a new Faculty Member
  • Tenure Process
  • Balancing Teaching, Research, and Service