PFP Certificate Requirements

What are the main requirements for PFP?

1Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP), in conjunction with a faculty mentor or advisor.
2Develop an ePortfolio that, at a minimum, will include your IDP, resume, and reflections on your participation in the 6 professional development activities (one reflection per activity).*
3Create a resume and/or revise your existing resume based on review by Career Development Services (CDS) staff or faculty advisor.
4Participate in 6 Professional Development activities related to preparing for an academic career. Events must fall into these three categories: Career Development, Professionalism, and Leadership and Communication.**
5Submit via e-mail to Dr. Wie Yusuf ( your completed PFP Certificate materials as well as a link to your ePortfolio.

What information do you need to provide for each of your Professional Development Activity Reflections?

* For each Professional Development activity, you must document participation by posting to your ePortfolio a reflection on the experience. Your reflection must include title of the professional development activity and short description.  Your reflection must also answer the following questions:

AWhat three lessons/key points did you take away from this activity?
BWhat one question remains unanswered? If you have no unanswered questions, what one key piece of advice would you offer a colleague?
CHow has this improved your professional and/or career readiness?

What are examples of events that fulfill the PFP Professional Development Activities requirement and fall within the three required categories (Career Development, Professionalism, and Leadership and Communication)?

**Below are some events/activities that fall under the three categories for the Professional Development Activities. You should select activities/events that address your professional readiness needs as identified in your IDP.

Career Development

  • Resume development
  • Career exploration workshops (e.g., ONR, local governments, nonprofits, etc.)
  • Mock interview
  • Informational interview
  • Attend a career fair


  • Social networking
  • Digital identity
  • Complete an internship
  • Working Wednesdays
  • Join a professional organization, learn about career resources or attend a conference/networking event

Leadership and Communication

  • Cultural competence
  • Leadership
  • Effective presentations
  • Science communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • DiversABILITY training (Offices of Educational Accessibility & Intercultural Relations)

Optional: Depending on your IDP, the professional development activities could also include those related specialized skills such as high performance computing, grant-writing, statistics and data analysis, entrepreneurship and innovation, or GIS.

Download the PFP requirements here: 

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