Preparing Future Faculty sessions provide inside info for grad students

April 3, 2014

Is a faculty position in your future? As the academic job market becomes more competitive, graduate students seek an insider’s perspective on how to find a faculty position after graduation.

Arizona State University Graduate Education will host information sessions on the Tempe and Downtown campuses, April 7 and 10 to introduce you to the nationally-recognized Preparing Future Faculty program at ASU. portrait of ASU students Chareka Daniel and Sarah “Saza” Dimmick Download Full Image

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) is a professional development program and interdisciplinary for-credit seminar class that allows students to explore the many roles of a faculty member. It is open to doctoral and master of fine arts students, as well as postdocs.

Faculty and administrators provide an inside look into the world of higher education, including research, grant writing, how to be successful in the profession and how faculty roles differ at various types of institutions, from large public research to small private colleges.

“What PFF has done for me is give me the tools that I need to become a faculty member at the collegiate level,” says Chareka Daniel, who is earning a master of fine arts degree in dance from ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “It has provided the resources I need to prepare for graduation, like writing skills, resume and CV-building, and how you market yourself when you’re looking for a job.”

For more information on the program, visit:

View the event flyer. The info session will include light refreshments. Registration:

Event times and locations:

1-2 p.m., April 7, University Club (UCLUB), Thoren Room, Tempe campus

2-3 p.m., April 10, University Center (UCENT), room 819, Downtown Phoenix campus

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A college degree pays off – more than ever before

April 3, 2014

Earnings gap between college and high school degree largest since 1915

The earnings gap between college and high school graduates has been growing for decades, according to a report issued by the U.S. Treasury and Department of Education. “Evidence suggests that today’s earnings gap is the highest since 1915, the earliest year for which there are estimates of the college wage gap,” the report states. Education pays chart Download Full Image

In comparing median weekly earnings in 2011 (see chart), college graduates earned 64 percent more than high school graduates, or $1,053 compared to $638. The unemployment rate among college graduates was also much better, at 4.9 percent, while the rate for those with only a high school diploma was almost double at 9.4 percent.

The differences become even more dramatic at higher levels of education. Those with a master’s degree earned almost double ($1,262), and those with a professional degree more than two-and-a-half times ($1,665) what high school graduates earn ($638).

Stark differences also appear in the unemployment rates: 3.6 percent for those with a master’s degree and 2.4 percent for those with a professional degree, compared to 9.4 percent for a high school graduate.

In a survey of Arizona State University students who received a bachelor’s degree in 2012-2013 across all schools, including arts and science, journalism and education, 84.4 percent of those who reported they were seeking a job were working and/or had been offered at least one job within three to six months of getting their degree. The majority of those not seeking work were going to graduate school.

Average salaries were substantial and varied according to the graduate’s discipline, as well as grade point average (GPA). Overall survey salary rates of employed students who received a bachelor's degree in 2012-2013 were:

• 3.50-4.00 GPA – $42,926
• 3.00-3.49 GPA – $42,412
• 2.50-2.99 GPA – $40,894