CSU PRE-Professor Program (PREPP)

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2022!

PREPP Fellows will participate in PREPP activities during the Fall 2022 semester (August - December)

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Virtual PREPP Inform​ation Session
Friday, March 11, 2022
12 pm – 1:30 pm
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What is PREPP?

The PRE-Professor Program (PREPP) is designed to support CDIP Fellows's transition to faculty positions by engaging them in a semester-long program at a California State University (CSU) campus. The goal of PREPP is to immerse participants in the life of a faculty member at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. Another overarching goal is to increase the pipeline of highly competitive individuals from diverse backgrounds who apply for faculty positions to increase the diversity at CSU campuses. Thus, applicants from underrepresented groups and those who are champions of diversity are encouraged to apply. PREPP Fellows will have individual mentorship from an experienced CSULB Faculty Mentor in three broad categories: Instruction, Understanding the Campus Culture, and Service.

Program Features

PREPP Fellows are partnered with a CSU Faculty Mentor who oversees the project. Fellows will learn what faculty life is like at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. Doctoral studies and postdoctoral positions prepare individuals for research and scholarship, while this program focuses on instructionally related activities (teaching, curriculum, mentoring students) and service activities associated with faculty positions. Fellows meet with department chairs and other faculty members within their discipline(s) to get their perspective on faculty life, gain teaching experience, learn about tenure and promotion requirements, and how to write teaching/diversity statements for applications to faculty positions.

Instructional Activities

Instructional activities are a broad topic that encompasses teaching and mentoring. These activities include planning for instruction, planning and teaching lessons, and mentoring students (teaching in small groups or one-on-one).

Campus Culture of a Comprehensive Master’s University & Service

Fellows will learn how a campus runs and the role of a faculty member within the structure of a comprehensive university. First and foremost, Fellows need to learn about department life within their field(s). How does a department run, what i s expected of new faculty, and in what role(s) do junior faculty engage? These questions will be answered by participating in a variety of tasks and discussions. Campus service is explored later.

Typical Program Activities/Assignments

I = Instruction, M = Mentoring, C = Campus Culture, S = Service, JR = Job Readiness

  • Develop a Syllabus (I)
  • Prepare and teach two class sessions in a course within your field (ideally one lower division and one upper division) (I)
  • Observations of teaching with debriefing (I)
  • Identify instructional support services on campus (I)
  • Curriculum Committee (I, C, S)
  • Attend a department meeting (C)
  • Meet with Department Chair (C)
  • Tenure/Retention Expectations (C)
  • Understanding Shared Governance (S, C)
  • Components of a good cover letter (JR, C)
  • Inclusive Excellence Statement/Teaching Philosophy Statement (JR, C)
  • Attend a lab meeting (M)
  • Attend a mentoring meeting between faculty and student (M)

Application Procedures

Interested doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars will prepare an application and submit the following documents to be reviewed by CDIP and PREPP program faculty.

Applications are due May 16, 2022 for Fall 2022

A PDF with these instructions is available here: Application Instructions

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Short Essay
    1. Tell us about yourself.
    2. Why are you applying for this program? What do you hope to gain from the experience?
    3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  3. Teaching Interest/Experience Statement. Your statement might include responses to the following prompts (500 words or less)
    1. What teaching experience have you had? Describe your strengths and weaknesses as an instructor.
    2. What do you want to learn about teaching and instructionally related activities?
    3. What do you think teaching diverse undergraduate students might look like? What do you think would be the most effective approaches to teaching diverse undergraduate students?
    4. Describe a particular memorable teaching/learning episode.
  4. Indication of Support from Dissertation/Postdoc Mentor – to be emailed directly by Mentor.
  5. PREPP Application Confidential Data Sheet

Once you have completed the above documents, please complete the online PREPP application and upload your documents by the due date listed on the application (You can also find the due date on the CSU PREPP website).

For more program information contact Arturo Zavala at PREPP@csulb.edu or Elizabeth Sanchez esanchez@calstate.edu.