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:

  • APS1203H, Teaching Engineering in Higher Education, which includes
    • 8-week course on teaching and learning
    • 4-week series of professional development seminars
  • Teaching Dossier, submitted upon completion of APS1203H

How to apply:

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

The program will be offered twice in 2019-2020, once in the Fall and once in the Winter term. An application form and further instructions can be found at Please be sure to indicate your preference for fall or winter session, as space is limited.

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: August 12, 2019

Contact Information:

Deborah Tihanyi
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Director, Engineering Communication Program (ECP)

Associate Director, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP)

Sandford Fleming Building, B670
Mailing Address:
35 St. George St., SF B670
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4
Tel.: 416-978-5394