Graduate Faculty Development Program Trainings

The Graduate Division Dean's office, in collaboration with Student Academic Affairs, 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 Graduate Faculty Development Program trainings listed below will fulfill those 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

Foundations in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Diversity, equity, and inclusion Resources


Disentangling the Roles of Research Faculty


Roles of Research Faculty Resources


Research Faculty Role-Specific Trainings

Click on the drop-down menus below to view professional development opportunities for each of the roles of research faculty.

Trainings Focused on Your Role as a Mentor/Advisor

Growing Healthy Mentorship in these Unforgettable Times

Facilitator(s): Mica Estrada, PhD

Description: Building on Kelman’s (1958, 2006) tripartite integration model of social influence (TIMSI), Dr. Estrada will talk about how this model has been used to understand how students orient to their discipline communities and how this relates to persistence in those career pathways years after completing their training. By longitudinally tracking and examining psychosocial variables, we are better able to see what types of STEM training programs and mentorship are more likely to result in students persisting in STEM career pathways. Further, she will talk about how institutional policies and climate that provide kindness cues that affirm social inclusion may impact the integration experience for minoritized trainees, faculty and administrators. This workshop will include small group breakout rooms and large group discussions.


Registration Information:

Workshop for Faculty

via Zoom

March 31, 2021    |    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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Career Conversations

Facilitator(s): Liz Silva, PhD

Description: UCSF graduate students move into an array of positions after graduation. Most will spend a good deal of time during graduate school trying to figure out their next steps, and they may want to talk to you about it. In this workshop, you will learn about the features of effective career decision making, some of the driving factors in student and postdoc decision-making in the academic STEM environment, and you will be provided with tools and resources to support you and your students in balancing their career exploration with their graduate school commitments.  


Registration Information:

Virtual Session via Zoom

July 20, 2021   |    6 - 7:30 p.m.


July 22, 2021   |    10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register Here





Non-Graduate Faculty Development Program Training Opportunities

NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

NIH OITE Mental Health and Well-being of Biomedical Researchers


Many of us observe first-hand the effects of the pressures under which trainees operate as they make the transition from their college or postbac experience to graduate or professional school or enter the job market. At the same time, Visiting Fellows and US trainees from marginalized groups are worried about their place in the scientific endeavor. Staff and faculty are also under stress, dealing with their own career progression, mentoring and supporting others, and finding time to take care of themselves. This is difficult for everyone given the culture of science, which values and requires long hours, intense focus, and sustained drive.

Culture change happens when stakeholders meet to learn new skills and to discuss issues in community. Therefore, the NIH OITE is pleased to sponsor a monthly virtual program focused on the health and well-being of the biomedical research workforce. The program is open to trainees at all educational levels and administrative staff, faculty, and other research supervisors at universities, the NIH and other research institutions. Our aim is to provide tools to help participants cope with their own stress and support others under stress. In addition, we hope to explore programs and program-wide systems that can increase awareness of the role of wellness and resilience in a successful scientific career and provide guidance on strategies for cultivating them.

Each virtual program will include an introductory lecture, time for Q&A, and an optional small group discussion facilitated by experienced mental health practitioners. The goal of the small groups is to share ideas and to learn new skills as we work to develop a culture of wellness in our research groups and programs. We will learn about various elements of mental health, discuss preventive strategies, and work to develop supportive language that can be used with trainees, peers, and colleagues. This interactive program will include role plays and the discussion of scenarios based on real-life situations.

Upcoming Topics:

  • Executive Function  |   April 6, 2021   |   9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Psychology of Career Decision-Making   |   May 3, 2021   |   10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Trauma   |   June 7, 2021   |   10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Autism Spectrum   |   July 12, 2021   |   10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.




Faculty: If you want your participation in this program to be tracked by the Graduate Faculty Development Program, be sure to fill out the Non-GFDP Training Participation Form.



Preparing to Teach and Advise Biomedical Grad Students and Postdocs Around Career and Professional Development: A Train-the-Trainers Event


The NIH OITE has moved their Train-the-trainers event to a virtual format. This training is for advisors, staff and faculty who provide career and professional development programming and guidance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. We have substantially updated the agenda. We have adjusted the start time to accommodate West Coast attendees. Additionally, we have added a third day (Thursday- July 23) to provide content to help us all navigate issues arising from current events. All registrants will also be invited to participate in optional small group discussions (1-hour) to enhance their learning on July 22-24. 


When:          July 20-24, 2020

                     (lectures on July 20, 21 and 23. Optional small groups requiring a 1-hour commitment on July 22-24).
Where:         Virtual
Agenda:       Please see the full agenda online
Register:      There is no fee to attend this training, however advanced registration is required. Register here. Registration will close on July 3, 2020 


This event will have content that is appropriate for first time attendees and returning participants. The first day will focus entirely on promoting the health and wellness of the biomedical research community. The second day will continue on the themes from day one with an additional focus on career advising and taking care of ourselves. Then, on Thursday we have added lecture and discussion for helping all of us navigate current events. Questions, please contact Dr. Lori Conlan and Dr. Phil Ryan at [email protected].


Resources from this event:




Updated on August 26, 2020