Graduate Faculty Development Program Trainings

The graduate programs within the Graduate Division require their faculty participate in yearly mentorship trainings. The Graduate Faculty Development Program (GFDP) will provide the following trainings for faculty of the basic science PhD programs. 

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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.

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List of 2023-2024 Trainings

 Spring Quarter

Supporting Learners in Distress
Student Life and Student Health and Counseling Services are hosting a webinar on Supporting Learners in Distress. In this session, you will learn strategies for supporting learners’ mental health, how to identify a learner in distress and ways to navigate that difficult situation, and resources available to support learners, as well as faculty and staff. Faculty are encouraged to attend this session, even if you’ve come in the past. The benefits are tangible: Promoting student and postdoc mental health and learning how to work with a student in distress can improve learner performance and prevent many concerns from escalating into crises. Assistant Dean Chequeta Allen will also be there to respond to questions relating to postdoctoral scholars. 



Tuesday, April 30, 2024

12 - 1 p.m.


April - May, 2024, 12 - 2 p.m.
Inclusive Research Mentor/People Manager Series (formerly known as the TRAIN-UP series)
Faculty are welcome to attend (and/or send your students, postdocs or staff) to any of our modules of our next virtual iteration of the NSF-funded Inclusive Mentor/Manager training. Please note that faculty participants will be put into faculty-only breakout rooms during interactive disucssions unless otherwise requested. 

Also, please note that there is a single registration, regardless of how many sessions you attend.

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Assess Yourself: How ready are you to manage your mentee/employee’s productivity?
In this workshop, participants identify the skills they have, and those they need to develop, to effectively manage the productivity of their mentee/employee. First, you will self-evaluate your strengths and growth areas in executing the 7 fundamental people management responsibilities: (setting expectations, teaching/training and delegating, the three types of feedback, rewarding achievement, addressing performance issues, managing the inevitable conflict inherent in even the most functional teams, and providing appropriate protection and support.). Second, we’ll dissect the specific strategies individuals with research mentoring and/or managing responsibilities can use to equitably balance decisions in fulfilling their roles as a scientific mentor and/or a manager. Finally, participants consider ways to receive support and further develop their skills and abilities in these areas. 


Thursday May 2, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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Effectively supervising people who aren't you: Managing different workstyles
In this module, participants consider how individual differences in values, approaches and relationship to work can impact productivity, morale and retention of team members. We also discuss tangible steps that managers can take to intentionally cultivate inclusive environments. We consider several factors that may make up our individual ‘operating systems’ when we engage in work, including how we prefer to communicate, make decisions, feel organized, and manage change/conflict. Participants will also have the opportunity to assess some facets of their own work style preferences, as well as develop the vocabulary to discuss others’ preferences without pathologizing their approach to work. Finally, we discuss and brainstorm tactics that team leaders can use to inclusively manage multiple work style differences and reap the benefits of working in diverse teams.


Tuesday May 7, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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How to transparently set (performance and conduct) expectations
Gallup’s national State of the American Worker poll notes that half of all workers do not know what is expected of them. We discuss the challenges – the impossibility, actually – of setting all performance and behavioral expectations at the beginning of someone’s tenure, and the strategies that successful research mentors/managers use to set and manage those expectations over time. Participants will 1) identify which key expectations need to be set immediately to preserve their own productivity, 2) define and articulate expectations to team members, 3) overcome common challenges in setting expectations, including when mentoring/supervising individuals who are more experienced than themselves or have a strongly held ‘operating system’/way of doing things, and 4) consider criteria to determine if they’ve set an expectation effectively.


Thursday May 9, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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Teach/train and delegate: Using best practices to train your diverse team
Using effective training practices is important in any organization, but it is particularly important in research organizations. In biotechnology companies, the constant evolution of knowledge requires a solid training process to stay up to speed on innovative technology and knowledge. In this module, we discuss common training issues that can result in loss of productivity for individuals and their teams, and can put team members from some underrepresented groups at a disadvantage. We propose evidence-based approaches to avoid, detect and correct these training issues.


Tuesday May 21, 2024

12 - 2 p.m

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Communicating inclusively: developing your own feedback strategy and style
Do you feel most comfortable offering positive (or kudos) feedback? Do you tend to avoid or sugarcoat corrective feedback? Not sure what ‘evaluative’ feedback is? Then this is the session for you. In this module, we begin by dissecting the three types of feedback that everyone (including you) needs to be productive: kudos, corrective and evaluative feedback. Participants will practice giving feedback using a protocol that works for both kudos and corrective feedback Next, participants will modify the protocol as they consider their style (including their personal values, approach and language). We’ll discuss strategies to both gain buy-in/determine how the recipient can best hear and act on that feedback, and how to engage when the recipient has a strong reaction to feedback.


Thursday May 23, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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When someone isn't meeting your expectations: Strategies and resources to manage performance equitably
When someone repeatedly fails to meet performance or conduct expectations, many research mentors/managers frequently under- or over-correct and mistakenly attempt to handle the situation alone (rather than reaching out for support). In this session, participants will learn tactics to determine how their particular organization expects them to manage performance or conduct issues, how to access organizational resources to help them navigate the situation (including HR, Learning and Development, etc.), and common mistakes and approaches (including building a circle of support/self care) to manage one of the most challenging responsibilities for any mentor/manager.


Tuesday May 28, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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How to inclusively hire: Which strategies will you use?
In this workshop, participants will learn evidence-based strategies to assess and select candidates using tactics from four inclusive strategy clusters: 1) adding intentional respect, 2) adding diverse voices, 3) adding accountability) and 4) leveling the playing field. Participants will learn how to transparently structure the overall hiring process, begin to develop their own questions/rubrics to assess for their priority qualifications, consider steps to prepare and manage a hiring committee, and discover tactics to mitigate others - and their own - unconscious biases.


Thursday May 30, 2024

12 - 2 p.m.

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Previous 2023-24 Trainings

Fundamentals of Equity in Graduate Admissions Workshop
USC Graduate School Associate Dean Julie Posselt, whose research examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and organizational efforts aimed at reducing inequities and encouraging diversity, will give a talk about equity in graduate admissions. Participants will learn how common admissions mindsets and practices tend to inhibit access for underrepresented groups, and they will be introduced to tools like rubrics that may improve diversity and equity as part of holistic review processes. She will also cover reviewing letters of recommendation through an equity lens. This session presents data and research about the role of typical admissions practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education, as well as strategies for more equitable processes and outcomes.



October 31, 2023

1:30 - 3 p.m.




Previous Years' Training

Non-GFDP trainings:

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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Faculty Participation Tracker 

The GFDP trainings listed 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 Naledi Saul.


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.**