GLSE Faculty Development (GFD) Program

Gradaute Faculty Development
NEW:  Innovative Graduate Faculty Development Program

GLSE is pleased to offer, in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and with support from the SGS Dean's Innovation Fund, a series of 8 workshops for Faculty of Medicine Graduate faculty for the academic year 2016-2017.   These workshops are designed to optimize the supervision of graduate students, with the intent to fully prepare them to succeed during and after graduate school while aiming to reduce Time to Completion. Their success is our success! Workshop topics include graduate professional development, individual development plans, strategic communications, self-marketing, leadership, conflict resolution and experiential learning.

The workshops are Intended for 1) faculty who currently or are planning to train graduate students; 2) faculty interested in establishing their own departmental graduate professional development programming; 3) Graduate Coordinators and Chairs. Workshops will be held 9am – 11am on the first Friday of every month starting in November (with the exception of November 18 from 5pm-6:30 pm).  With the exception of November 16, registration for all these workshops is first serve basis due to room capacity (40).  Confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you at least two weeks prior of the workshop.

This Innovative Graduate Faculty Development Program  is being coordinated by Dr. Nana Lee, Director of Graduate Professional Development, Departments of Biochemistry and Immunology. She is also a Co-Author of Success After Graduate School 2016 with Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier.

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Medical Sciences Building (MSB)
1 King's College Circle
Dean's Conference Room, Rm. 2317

Health Sciences Building (HS)
155 College Street, Rm. 610

Simcoe Hall (SH)
Governing Council Chambers
27 King's College Circle, Rm. 214

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
500 University Ave. (University Ave. and Dundas Street West), 6th Floor, Boardroom

I. Introduction: Why professional development for graduate students?

November 4, 2016, 9:00-11:00 MSB 2317

This workshop gives an introduction to how graduate professional development programs can help trainees strengthen core competency skills for a successful PhD completion and with career goals.

Topics to cover are 1) the core competency skills which are to be developed during the PhD, 2) where current PhDs are employed, 3) the 30+ career options available for PhDs in the life sciences, 4) the skills needed to develop for the first job acquisition and further career development in the academic and non-academic sector, 5) skills required to create their own jobs. 

Speakers: Drs. Reinhart Reithmeier (SGS), Jonathan Turner (Career Centre) and Nana Lee (GPD), Liam O’Leary (GPS)

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


II.  Individual Development Plans Part I: Featuring Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann, Co-Author of Science Careers myIDP

November 16, 2016, 5:00-6:30,  MSB 2317

Universities in the USA are increasingly implementing IDPs as part of predoctoral or postdoctoral training, motivated by new NIH reporting expectations. IDPs are well established in industry, with some top companies holding five IDP meetings a year with each professional. This workshop will introduce the defining elements of an IDP and discuss how to use an annual IDP process to better prepare students for their thesis project management and professional development. Faculty will be introduced to practical tools to support the mentee’s IDP development, discuss roles of the research mentor in the process, and consider how IDPs might be implemented at the program or school level.

Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). 

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


III. Individual Development Plans Part II: Applying IDPs at U of Toronto

December 2, 2016, 9:00-11:00 MSB 2317

Even with committee meetings and PACs in place, we are witnessing students with longer times to completion (SGS data). How do we prevent these? What are the resources at U of T that could be used by the PI and/or student to help facilitate a TTC of 5 years? This workshop is a continuation of part I, with faculty discussion on how to implement the IDP to guide the student to a 5-year PhD.

Speakers: Dr. Dana Philpott, Associate Professor and Dr. Jennifer Gommerman, Professor at Department of Immunology, U of Toronto

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


IV. Helping Students Develop Effective Scientific Communications

January 6, 2017, 9:00-11:00 MSB 2317

This workshop discusses how faculty can help student with the methods of communications during graduate school with student seminars, conferences, teaching, three minute thesis, communicating with non-experts and lay audience. These transferable communication skills are essential for success during graduate school and with the career thereafter. Guest Speakers: Dr. Bruce Seet, Director of Medical Affairs, Sanofi Pasteur, Dr. Nana Lee and Dr. Rachael Cayley, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Office of English Language and Writing Support, SGS, U of Toronto.

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


V. Helping Students Develop Strategic Communications for Self-Marketing

February 3, 2017, 9:00-11:00 MSB 2317

This workshop will the cover strategic networking and marketing transferable skills acquired during the PhD. Discussions will cover methods of informational interviews, professionalism in social media, LinkedIn, meetings, follow-ups. This workshop also discusses how faculty could help students with strategic communications so that they are able to effectively pitch their ideas to key opinion leaders in academia, the industry, business investors, and fellow innovators with little science background.

This second half of the workshop will cover case studies of students marketing themselves effectively for non-academic positions. After discussing example career paths and relevant skills, participants will learn and apply a resume technique suited for non-academic positions. Faculty will be coached on how to guide students in translating their experience into an attention-grabbing resume that is aligned to their target job.

Guest Speakers: Drs. Anne Tran and David Sealey, Science Career Impact Project, Pharma Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Nana Lee

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


VI. Helping Students with Leadership and Creativity.

March 3, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00, PGME Boardroom

The PhD provides the foundation to foster scientific, critical thinking skills, problem-solving and analytical skills. Along with these core competencies, students should be developing leadership in scientific thought in their research field and in controlling their own career action plans. Some also develop team leadership. This workshop discusses ways to help students develop leadership and creativity to help them become the innovators and leaders of Canada’s knowledge economy.

Speakers: Dr. Cynthia Goh, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, the Institute of Medical Science, the Munk School of Global Affairs, Director of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, Serial Entrepreneur.
Mr. Payam Zarrin, Immunology PhD Candidate, Principal at AllerGenFree Solutions
Mr. Darrin Gao, Immunology PhD Candidate, CoFounder & Managing Director of University Consulting Group, Founding Partner of PLR Consulting
Dr. Steven Molinski, PhD Biochemistry 2016, Application Scientist at Cyclica Inc.
Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


VII.  Helping Students Navigate Conflict Resolution

April 7, 2017, 9:00-11:00 PGME Boardroom

For many PhD trainees the reality of dealing with conflict in graduate school can be overwhelming.   Many are unfamiliar with conflict management strategies and they may need support in order to navigate a way forward.  In this workshop, we will discuss some of ways that faculty can support early and effective conflict resolution, with a particular focus on navigating laboratory personnel relations and the importance of clear and open communication for dispute prevention.   

Speaker: Ms Heather McGhee Peggs, LL.B., Manager, Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for Graduate Students

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


VIII. Helping with Experiential Learning Opportunities to Build Professionalism and Support Career Transitions 

May 5, 2017, 9:00-11:00  MSB 2317

Many of the first jobs landed by PhDs are those in which they have connections within the company or after a rewarding experiential learning opportunity, as an intern or volunteer. We will discuss how faculty are able to support students in finding and creating these opportunities with case studies and guest speakers with direct experience.

Guest Speakers: Drs. Alex Marsolais, Senior Consultant at GlobalData and Vincent Nadeau, Analyst at Bloom Burton and Co.
Mr. Aidin Balo, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry
Dr. Brad Brinton, PhD, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centre of Excellence

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos


IX. Action Plans for Implementation 

Friday, June 2, 2017, 9:30-11:30  MSB 2317

This discussion will summarize all key points discussed in the 2016-2017 GFD series and methods of possible implementation at the departmental and faculty level. All leaders are highly encouraged to attend to provide diverse contributions. Dr. Allan Kaplan has confirmed his participation.

Please note: Register your UTORID for the Blackbord GFD Group to have access to recorded videos



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