MF3 Academy Requirements

The Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Program is a one-year program for senior PhD students (who have passed their qualifying exam) to facilitate the training of the next generation of engineering faculty in research, teaching, and mentoring.


View/download the 2021-2022 MF3 Program Syllabus (PDF)

Program Meeting Time and Registration Requirements

The MF3 Program meets every Friday from Noon to 12:50 pm during the fall and spring term. All Mavis Fellows must maintain a full-time status and register for ENG 591 MF3, which is a 1 credit hour course, for both semesters. Class attendance is required. Students are allowed one unexcused absence during each semester with no penalty. To earn a satisfactory grade, fellows must complete all assignments by the stipulated deadlines.


Fellows will complete the following assignments throughout the course of the academic year:

    • Mentor a less-experienced graduate or undergraduate student for at least one semester. Provide a two-page summary of this mentoring experience, as well as the mentoring experience with the faculty member highlighting expectations set, projects completed, guidance given, etc.
    • Give a formal research presentation that is open to the university community to prepare you for your research presentation that will be given in a faculty interview. A conference paper or an invited seminar at another institution also counts. This presentation needs to be at least 20-30 minutes long with a questions and answers portion. A poster session, Preliminary Exam, or Final Exam will not count towards this requirement.
    • Develop a funding proposal for a basic or applied research project, from a white paper to a complete narrative.
    • Prepare a CV and Research Statement that would be used in a faculty application.
    • Work with your faculty mentor to complete a teaching development project:
      • Observation of an experienced instructor: Arrange to meet with and to observe an experienced instructor teaching an undergraduate class. The instructor should be a professor in your home department who is known for good teaching. Write an essay reflecting on the lesson.
      • Observation of your teaching: Arrange to teach a class session or a mock lesson that is observed by a faculty member. Discuss the observation with the observer, and write an essay reflecting on the teaching experience and observer feedback.
      • Exploration of literature on teaching: Read a book or several articles about teaching and/or learning, and write a reflective summary of them.
      • Write a Teaching Statement that would be used in a faculty application.

Overview of Program Topics

Here is a sample of the topics that will be covered in the MF3 Academy during the academic year. For more details, see the Academy Syllabus (will be posted by August 1).

  • How to be a Good Mentor and Mentee
  • Life as a Faculty Member
  • Learning how to Handle Difficult Situations
  • Preparing Application Materials for a Faculty Position
  • The Faculty Interview Process
  • Giving Effective Research Presentations
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Tips to be Successful as a new Faculty Member
  • Tenure Process
  • Balancing Teaching, Research, and Service

Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in the MF3 Academy, a Mavis Fellow will:

  1. understand the different responsibilities of a faculty member – teaching, research, and service.
  2. understand how to be an effective mentor.
  3. understand how to become an effective teacher.
  4. understand how to become an effective researcher.
  5. become knowledgeable on activities that strengthen an application for an engineering faculty position.
  6. receive guidance on how to search and interview for academic positions.
  7. connect with Mavis Alumni and faculty within the The Grainger College of Engineering.