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What is UTokyo FFP?

Introduction to “The University of Tokyo Future Faculty Program” (UTokyo FFP)

Background and Goals

An Introduction of the UTokyo Future Faculty Program (FFP)

“The University of Tokyo Future Faculty Program” (UTokyo FFP) is a program offered by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, intended to enhance the teaching skills of the graduate students and postdocs who aim to become faculty members and young faculty members at the University of Tokyo.

As higher education institutions have shifted to a universal level and students have become increasingly diverse, faculty members today are faced with new requirements.

Traditionally, research skills and accomplishments were emphasized as a requirement for becoming a faculty member, where the number of papers published directly determined the employment. Today, however, faculty members are also expected to possess teaching skills and experiences. For example, applicants are increasingly being asked to submit sample syllabi and to demonstrate how they would teach an actual class.

Furthermore, university classes are changing in terms of size, content, and style. In recent years, there has been a shift toward student-centric education and active learning class styles. Besides being knowledgeable experts, these classroom approaches require educators to act as facilitators able to spur learning, making it necessary for educators to acquire these skills.

The Center for Research and Development of Higher Education launched UTokyo FFP in AY2013 to boost teaching ability, provide more systematic and effective training opportunities for UTokyo graduate students who aim to become faculty members. UTokyo FFP is open to all UTokyo graduate students, which encourages interaction among participants from diverse fields. Learning in a classroom with students from diverse backgrounds is stimulating and builds valuable relationships while improving their teaching ability. Since AY2016, the program has expanded its target to include UTokyo post-docs and young educators such as (Project) Researchers, and (Project) Research Associates.

Structure

  1. DAY 1: Introduction

    Icebreaking by sharing what inspired each participant to take the course, present situation of higher education, research presentations (1-min self-introduction), self-analysis and peer-reviewing of research presentations, and reflection.

  2. DAY 2: Class Design

    Review, significance of class design, goals and objectives of a class, ADDIE model, active learning, motivation, creating a class design sheet, and reflection.

  3. DAY 3: Evaluation

    Review, significance of evaluation, evaluation methods, evaluation of evaluation, creating a rubric, exercises in evaluating with rubrics, sharing rubrics by a gallery walk, and reflection.

  4. DAY 4: Syllabus and Course Design

    Review, significance of a syllabus, setting goals and objectives, course design (backward design, graphic syllabus), and reflection.

  5. DAY 5: Summary & Exercise in Giving Feedback on Lectures

    Lectures for microteaching given by several participants, exercise in giving feedback on lectures, and poster tour for sharing what the participants have learned so far.

  6. DAY 6: Refining the Lectures for Microteaching

    Microteaching session (1) and examination of the lectures for further refinement.

  7. DAY 7: Microteaching Session

    Microteaching session (2) and examination of the lectures.

  8. DAY 8: Envisioning Your Career Path by Creating a SAP Chart

    Creating a Structured Academic Portfolio (SAP) chart.

UTokyo FFP is also offered as a Common Graduate Course titled “Teaching Development in Higher Education.”

“Future Faculty Program Certificate Ceremony” introduced in “On-campus Public Relations” magazine

18th UTokyo FFP: Outline

Common Graduate Course Title

Teaching Development in Higher Education

Schedule

A Semester, 2021
Choose either course:
(1) Thursday course:
Periods 3–4
(2) Friday course:
Periods 3–4

Total: 8 days for each course
Note that the classes are held every other week, in principle.
Please refer to the syllabus for the detailed schedule.

Location

Zoom

The course will be conducted online, adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Requirements

Graduate students, postdocs, and young educators at the University of Tokyo

Capacity

25 participants for each class
(If the number of applicants exceeds the prescribed number, selection will be made.)

Syllabus

Click here to download <18th Syllabus PDF>

Advantages

The advantages of taking UTokyo FFP are as follows.

  • It will certainly satisfy your desire for learning.
  • Participants receive an official certificate.
  • Participants receive academic credits on completion of the course.
  • Participants can build a broad network across diverse fields.
  • Learning opportunities are also offered after completion of the course.
  • Employment notification for academic posts is shared with the alumni.
  1. 1. It will certainly satisfy your desire for learning.

    98% of participants who completed UTokyo FFP to date have evaluated the course as “good” or “extremely good.”
    90% have also indicated that they would “recommend” or “strongly recommend” UTokyo FFP to their friends.

  2. 2. Participants receive an official certificate.

    Participants receive an official transcript

    On completion of the program, participants receive an official UTokyo FFP transcript signed by the director of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education.
    You can attach the transcript to an application document to display your teaching experience when you apply for academic posts.

  3. 3. Participants receive academic credits on completion of the course.

    Participants can build a broad network crossing many fields.

    UTokyo FFP is also offered as a Common Graduate Course titled “Teaching Development in Higher Education.”
    Since it is a regular course of the university, participants can receive academic credits within the allowances stipulated by the program of each graduate school they belong to.

  4. 4. Participants can build a broad network across diverse fields.

    FParticipants can reflect on their own education and research through interacting with graduate students and young educators from different fields.
    To date, students from every school under the University of Tokyo have completed the program.
    Interaction with graduate students and young educators from diverse fields would certainly inspire you to reflect on your own education and research and help build valuable relationships.

  5. 5. Learning opportunities are also offered after completion of the course.

    Alumni voluntarily conduct workshops.
    Please click Post-FFP Activities for further details.

  6. 6. Employment notification for academic posts is shared with the alumni.

    UTokyo FFP collects employment notification for academic posts (part-time/full-time) from university HR departments nationwide. Please access “Recruiting Alumni.” The information is shared with the network of UTokyo FFP alumni.

Voices of Alumni

  • I now pay more attention to whether my explanations in class are clear from the perspective of students and listeners. I have seen that considerable technique is required to effectively convey my knowledge and expertise to others, and I now want to polish my skills in expression and communication.
  • The program provided first-hand experience of the specific preparations, processes, and methods needed for becoming a faculty member, which has helped crystallize my future goals and plans.
  • I have come to realize how challenging it is to teach at university. By carrying out sufficient research, one can become a faculty member without obtaining a teacher’s license, but to deliver quality education, one must learn and master a lot.
  • I learned that the facts and terminology common in my research field are not widely understood outside the field. When talking about my research, I would like to be careful while providing explanations using plain words.

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