Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT)

The Prospective Professors in Training (PPIT) program prepares soon-to-be PhD graduates for the rigors of applying to, and holding, an academic position. Students learn how to develop an effective academic CV, teaching dossier, and research statement, as well as how to prepare for an academic job interview.  Students also learn how early-career academics can best manage their time and resources between teaching, research, and university 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 is Composed of Two Parts: 1) A set of core seminars, facilitated by various professors from across the Faculty; and 2) Full semester course: APS1203 – Teaching Engineering in Higher Education.

How to apply:

An application form and further instructions can be found at Please note, all PPIT candidates must have completed the first year of their PhD with a minimum GPA of A- before applying.

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 8 seminars and completing the mock application package. The APS1203 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.

Deadline: October 29, 2018

Contact Information

Lisa Romkey
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Division of Engineering Science & ISTEP Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
40 St. George Street, Room 2110, Toronto, ON, M5S2E4