Graduate Faculty Development Program Trainings

The graduate programs within the Graduate Division have decided to require their faculty participate in yearly mentorship trainings. The Graduate Faculty Development Program (GFDP) will be providing the following trainings for faculty of the basic science PhD programs. For more information about faculty training requirements, see the Graduate Program Policies.

The GFDP trainings listed below will fulfill the graduate programs' mentorship training requirements while also providing meaningful and practical guidance to faculty in their roles as mentors, supervisors and advisors to their trainees.

Faculty Participation Tracker

For the sake of transparency and accountability, faculty participation in our training is tracked and made available in our Faculty Participation Tracker. Graduate program directors and administrators use this data to enforce their program-specific policies regarding faculty training. Graduate students and Postdocs are also able to view this data. If you have any questions about our participation tracker, please reach out to Isaac Strong.


Faculty Participation Tracker

Non-GFDP Training Opportunities

We recognize that faculty often participate in trainings outside of the Graduate Faculty Developement Program (GDFP). Scroll to the bottom of this page to see our suggestions. Faculty who do so are encouraged to fill out our Non-GFDP Training Participation Form to provide us details about these outside trainings.

Non-GFDP Training Participation Form

**Please note: it is up to the graduate program directors if non-GFDP trainings will count toward your requirements. The Graduate Division Dean's office will use the information you provide to advise program directors if outside trainings align with the goals of the GFDP.**


UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for any of the events below, please contact Isaac Strong ([email protected] | 415.502.1803) as soon as possible, at least 24 hours before the event.

List of Trainings

The Graduate Faculty Development Program has developed the trainings below to support research faculty in their various roles as research mentors for PhD students and postdocs. Each of our trainings will satisfy the graduate programs' mentorship training requirement for the academic year.

Participation in non-GFDP trainings may also satisfy mentorship training requirements, and faculty are encouraged to fill out our Non-GFDP Training Participation Form to provide graduate program directors information about trainings they take outside of the GFDP.

(NEW!) Restorative Justice in the Lab

Building or strengthening the sense of community of your team can help foster a sense of belonging for individuals, improve morale, and promote the success of your trainees. Through this new program, we will work 1:1 with faculty to facilitate community building opportunities.

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Dis/abilities Awareness

Facilitators: Tim Montgomery and Clay Littrell, Student Disabilities Services

Description:  Fostering inclusive and affirming spaces requires that research mentors are able to respond to and support the various identities of their trainees, yet there tends to be a lot of uncertainty in how to support students with dis/abilities. This workshop, developed by UCSF alumna Taylor Arhar in collaboration with Student Disability Services, will equip research mentors with the basics of what they need to know about the accommodations process and help them understand how to support students who might request accommodations. Additionally, this workshop will provide participants an opportunity to re-frame how they think about dis/abilities in a way that can have a profound impact on trainees' sense of belonging in a graduate program and research lab. This workshop will include presentation of information, small group discussions of case studies, and large group discussions.

*The term dis/ability, (spelled with the slash) is used intentionally to counter the word disability (spelled without the slash). The use of the term disability (spelled without the slash) suggests that a person is represented, or identified, by what they cannot do, rather than what they can do.*

- Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (Dis/Crit) for Inclusion in Early Childhood Education: Ethical Considerations of Implicit and Explicit Bias.

Event Information:

Workshop for Faculty

via Zoom

May 5, 2022   |    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Register here


Past Trainings

Non-GFDP trainings: