Education at OHSU

Training Future Faculty

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Training Future Faculty (TFF) is a teaching professional development program for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars at OHSU. Each participant is provided with a mentor from the TFF organizing committee. Participants are encouraged to complete the program in one academic year but are allowed two years if needed. Upon completion of Training Future Faculty, participants will be able to:

  • Practice curriculum development and delivery through a trauma-informed, DEI lens 
  • Prepare materials for academic job applications (teaching philosophy, portfolio, diversity statement)
  • Teach to a diversity of students
  • Prepare to teach in a variety of learning environments (online, hybrid, in person)
  • Apply learning theory in the classroom

Application process: Applications are accepted year-round but cohorts are organized in late August/early September. Cohorts are currently capped at 20 participants. To apply to Training Future Faculty, follow this link to the application.

Program Components (approximately 30 hours)

  1. Complete all five online modules of Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning.
  2. Two teaching observations and feedback sessions (one of these can be a microteach).
  3. Participate in teaching workshops in at least two (2) of the (4) subject areas (Accessibility, Teaching Strategies, Diverse Populations, Assessment).
  4. Attend professional development meetings with cohort. These meetings include workshops on preparing to teach, syllabus design, educational theories, assessment, active learning, and teaching philosophy, portfolio, and diversity statement creation.
  5. Design and lead a microteaching session.
  6. Complete a teaching philosophy and diversity statement (optional).
Training Future Faculty (TFF) Roadmap Image of a curvy road with 5 main points: fall, winter, spring, summer, and goal. For each of the 5 points, there is a bullet list.

Events (beginning with the academic year)

  • September: New cohort orientation and meeting with teaching mentor
  • October: Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning course begins
  • November: Fall Mini-Conference, a day of TFF-specific workshops open to all graduate students and post-docs
  • January: Professional Development Group meetings begin; Early Career Faculty panel open to all graduate students and post-docs
  • February: Professional Development Group
  • March: Professional Development Group
  • April: Professional Development Group wraps up; microteaching session 1
  • May: Microteaching session 2
Amy Forester

Amy Forester, MFA, EdD in progress

Program Manager

Justi Echeles

Justi Echeles, MA

Graciela Vidal

Graciela Vidal, MS, MEd

Lawrence Williams

Lawrence Williams, MS

Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez, PhD


Participants are welcome to try any area of engagement except the professional development group without commitment.

The program requires a total of about 27-30 hours to complete (approximately 10-11 for Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning Online; 4 hours for teaching observation and feedback; 3 hours for workshops; and 10-12 hours for the professional development group).

A TFF faculty will reach out to schedule an in-person orientation and planning session.

No, the program is free and not for credit.

Lesson planning, classroom management, active learning, course design, assessment design, creation of job hunt materials like teaching statements, and other skills relevant to teaching in higher education.

For more information, email