Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT)

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program prepares PhD students for the rigours of a career in academia. The program is comprised of two parts that introduce students to curriculum, teaching, and learning within the context of engineering education and the tools required to apply to—and hold—an academic position (including developing effective application materials and balancing time and resources between teaching, research, and administration).

Participants are selected from among PhD student applicants based on their demonstrated research abilities and their passion for teaching and mentoring. Postdoctoral Fellows are also welcome to apply. Students who complete the PPIT program are issued an official certificate of participation. PPIT consists of:

  • TEP1203H (formerly APS1203H) Teaching Engineering in Higher Education, which is a 12 week course on teaching and learning.
  • A series of professional development seminars
  • Teaching Dossier, submitted at the end of the program
  • Optional Teaching Internship

The program will be offered in the 2022 Winter Semester.

Admission requirements and application

Please note, all PPIT candidates must have completed the first year of their PhD studies.

Complete the application form and follow the additional instructions on the application form.

PPIT is part of the Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program. The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) Program is an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, designed to prepare graduate students for their future. GPS credit is available for attending a minimum of three of the 3-hr professional development sessions, and completing the teaching dossier. The TEP1203H (formerly APS1203H) course is not eligible for GPS credit. PPIT can be used to earn credit in two skill areas: Communication and Interpersonal Skills, and Teaching Competence.

Application Deadline:

Monday, November 29, 2021

Contact Information:

Deborah Tihanyi
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Engineering Communication Program, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice


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