At the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, we offer the UTokyo Future Faculty Program (FFP), targeting graduate students, post-doctoral students, and young educators and aiming to boost the level of teaching ability.
As the scope of high school curricula becomes more universal and as new university students become increasingly diverse, new demands are being placed on university faculty. Traditionally, research ability and results were emphasized for someone aspiring to become a university professor, which in extreme cases, came down to a measure of papers published. At present, however, both teaching ability and a research track record are being emphasized. For example, applicants are increasingly being asked to submit sample syllabi and to demonstrate how they would teach an actual class.
Furthermore, the university classes that a professor might have to teach are changing in terms of size, content, and style. In recent years, there is a shift occurring toward student-centric education and active learning class styles are gaining attention. These classroom approaches are requiring educators to not only be knowledgeable experts, but also facilitators able to spur learning, which means that educators must acquire these skills.
The Center for Research and Development of Higher Education has responded by offering, since 2013, UTokyo FFP in order to boost teaching ability, provide more systematic and effective training opportunities, and target graduate school students aiming to be university professors. FFP is open to all UTokyo graduate students, which facilitates interaction among students from diverse fields. Students coming together from different departments is mutually stimulating and allows valuable human connections to develop as students increase their teaching ability. From AY 2016, the program will grow to include UTokyo post-doctoral students and young faculty members (specially appointed researchers, adjunct professors, and others).
|Common Graduate Course Title||
Higher Education Development Theory
Term S, 2019
※It is 8 times (irregular every other week). Please refer to the syllabus for the detailed schedule.
Thursday class: Hongo campus · Fukutake Learning Studio
Friday class: Komaba campus KALS
Graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty and staff
25 students in each class (there will be a selection process if the number of applicants exceeds each class size).
Download here＜13th Syllabus PDF＞
The merits of attending UTokyo FFP are as follows.
98% of participants who completed FFP to date have evaluated the course as "good" or "extremely good."
90% have also indicated that they would "recommend" or "strongly recommend" FFP to their friends.
Those who complete the program following the conditions outlined in the syllabus receive an official FFP transcript signed by the director of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education.
In your job application for an academic post, you can include "completion of FFP at UTokyo.”
FFP offers a common course called University Education Development.
As an official university course, participants can receive academic credit within the allowances stipulated by each graduate school program.
This allows interaction with graduate students and young educators with different specialties and lets participants reflect on their own education and research.
Those who have finished the program to date have come from every corner of the University of Tokyo.
Opportunities to come in contact with graduate students and young educators one might not normally meet inspires participants and gives them a new view of their own education and research.
This is a chance to build valuable relationships.
Prior participants gather to hold their own study seminars together.
For further details, please see the following.
FFP receives requests and recruiting information from university HR departments across Japan.
To date, four requests have come in calling for applicants who have finished FFP.