Syracuse University

Certificate in University Teaching (CUT)

Awarded jointly by the Graduate School and the student's academic department, the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) provides a tangible form of recognition to those FPP participants who pursue a program of professional development that demonstrates readiness to assume a faculty position at a college or university. To earn a certificate, FPP participants must:


  • be appointed to the FPP by their academic department;
  • participate in an Independent Mentored Teaching Experience under the guidance of a Faculty Teaching Mentor;
  • construct a teaching or professional portfolio that receives approval by the participant's Primary Faculty Liaison;
  • complete any additional requirements specified by the participant's academic department.
  • the students Primary Faculty Liaison will then fill out a CUT Completion Form for the student, confirming that he/she has complete the above requirements.
  • finally, students will be notified of their achievement by the graduate school and invited to attend the annual FPP Recognition Luncheon.
In most cases, earning the Certificate in University Teaching requires at least two years of FPP participation. Students who have earned the CUT may continue to participate in the FPP as long as they remain matriculated and in good standing with their programs.

“All the universities I interviwed with were impressed by the portfolio. It helped me to answer interview questions becasue i had already had a chance to reflect on my teaching.”  

- FPP alumnus


"My portfolio was the basis of my promotion and tenure process."

- FPP alumnus

For more information on the Graduate School Programs offered click on the titles below:

Teaching Assistant Program (TA Orientation, English Language Proficiency Services, Teaching Mentors, Outstanding TA Award, Course Assessment, Graduate Assistants)

Future Professoriate Program (FPP Participation, Primary Faculty Liaison, Certificate in University Teaching, Teaching Portfolio)

Resources (Graduate School Press, Critical Incidents in College Teaching vignettes, Research Ethics and Academic Integrity vignettes)

The Graduate School Press In order to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching, the Graduate School maintains a book publication program providing resources on topics relevant to graduate education and the university classroom.

International Graduate Students The Graduate School provides many academic programs and community initiatives to support the educational experiences of international graduate students and to highlight their academic achievements at Syracuse University.