At Michigan Ross we believe the faculty lifecycle begins with the PhD program, not when you become an assistant professor.

Our Faculty in Training Program prepares you for a career at the world’s top business schools. This distinctive feature of the Michigan Ross PhD Program develops your expertise in the areas essential for faculty success -- research, teaching, service, and administration. You’ll also develop the interpersonal skills and awareness needed to work as a valued colleague in an academic setting. Participating in activities outside the classroom helps build skills in presentation, teaching, and academic writing.

Learn more about the cornerstones of the Faculty in Training Program.

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Research
Discover how to be a top researcher.

Creating thought-provoking research is a priority for professors. Our Faculty in Training Program will show you how to develop your research interests over time. We cover methodology, how to collect and analyze data, interpret data, and draw conclusions. You’ll be exposed to the best ways to write up research and present it to colleagues.

Teaching
Become an inspiring teacher.

Top faculty are inspiring teachers and know how to lead a classroom. Our program covers the basics such as course and lesson planning, classroom management, different instructional methods, and setting student expectations. But you’ll also learn the “softer” skills that make a distinctive teacher -- creating student interaction, providing and receiving feedback, and motivating students while assessing their performance.

Service
Learn the importance of interacting outside of the office and classroom.

At Michigan Ross, we believe in making a positive difference in the world. Part of that means faculty should give their time for professional development and the good of the school. We encourage our PhD students to be a part of the PhD Forum, become a cohort representative, and get involved in the area admission process. You can plan and execute events, help mentor junior PhD students, and socialize and network with colleagues. These connections help foster ideas that create a community of excellent researchers and teachers.

Administration
Learn how to master the administrative side.

Those involved in academia know that teaching, research, and service are only part of the picture. Becoming a good administrator makes you a valued colleague and can help you move up the ladder. Our program will show you how to set priorities, manage time, tap the resources of the entire campus. You’ll also learn how to work with the support staff, delegate tasks, and become a good steward for funding opportunities.