Graduate Division

PRE-Professor Program (UCI/CSULB)

UC Irvine / CSU Long Beach PRE-Professor Program

PREPP Information Session 

PREPP Application Deadlinie: October 30, 2019. 

What is PREPP?

The PRE-Professor Program (PREPP) is designed to support the University of California, Irvine (UCI) doctoral students’ and postdoctoral scholars’ transition to a faculty position by engaging them in a semester-long program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

In addition, PREPP is a blueprint to support CSULB’s efforts to foster a pipeline for prospective new faculty. The goal of PREPP is to immerse participants in the life of a faculty member at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. PREPP fellows will have individual mentorship from an experienced Faculty Mentor in two broad categories: Instruction and Understanding the Campus Culture and Service.

For spring 2020 we are only accepting applications from candidates with expertise in health related fields (broadly defined to include biomedical and behavioral sciences, such as biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, health disparities, health science, kinesiology, psychology, etc.). Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.

Program Features 

PREPP Fellows will be partnered with a CSULB Faculty Mentor who will oversee the project. Fellows will learn what faculty life is like at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. Your doctoral studies and post-doc positions prepare you for research and scholarship, which is a large part of the job. This program focuses on the other components of a faculty position, instructionally related activities (teaching, curriculum, mentoring students) and service activities.

Instructional Activities
Instructional activities is a broad topic that encompasses teaching (and all the tasks associated with that) and mentoring. Teaching is a rather broad category that includes several tasks from 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’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, discussions, and assignments.

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)
• Attend a lab meeting (M)
• Attend a mentoring meeting between faculty and student (M)
• Identify instructional support services on campus (I)
• Attend a department meeting (C)
• Meet with Department Chair (C)
• Tenure/Retention Expectations (C)
• Curriculum Committee (I, C, S)
• Understanding Shared Governance (S, C)
• Components of a good cover letter (JR, C)
• Inclusive Excellence Statement/Teaching Philosophy Statement (JR, C)

Other Program Benefits

● CSULB will pay for parking
● UCI will contribute a small stipend to support travel of PREPP Fellows ($500).

Application Procedures

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

Applications are due October 30, 2019 for spring 2020. 

Complete applications will include: 

  1. PREPP Application (download) 
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Teaching Interest / Experience Statement (500 words or less) 
  5. Personal Statement (500 words or less) 
  6. PREPP Recommendation and Support Form (dowload) 

For more program information contact BUILD.IDC@CSULB.EDU