Faculty Development Programs

The IFDP is the signature offering of the Office of Faculty Development. It is an annual course which began in 2003 and was offered face-to-face until 2020. Each session of the IFDP is open to the general faculty – any faculty member can attend one or more of the offerings of the IFDP without having to enroll in the IFDP.

The first 18 IFDPs graduated a total of 264 faculty members. The IFDP XIX started in October 2020 and will end in June 2021. To allow flexibility and customization, and honor social distancing recommendations in the post-COVID-19 world, the IFDP was transitioned to an online format starting in 2020. The IFDP eLearning curriculum consists of four domains: teaching, scholarship/research, clinical skills/simulation (for clinical faculty), and leadership development.

The DFDP was established in 2013 and has become invaluable in helping our institution achieve its faculty development goals. The DFDP provides faculty with the tools to directly implement what they have learned in the IFDP, and serve as role models for others. Candid and creative discussions with department chairs and faculty members about their academic responsibilities promote faculty advancement through a program targeted to the specific needs and service goals of the department while achieving the vision and mission of the institution. The program is delivered on site or online and focuses on clerkship, residency program, and fellowship directors, faculty who participate in teaching, and faculty undergoing promotion and tenure review.

In this program, a multidisciplinary faculty development team takes the time to understand and address an individual faculty member’s academic goals and objectives. The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) leadership engages and mobilizes faculty from different schools, departments, and Centers of Emphasis across campus to improve networking. This type of customized professional development increases faculty research/scholarship productivity and contributes to improved interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration at the institutional level.

The OFD has amassed several years’ worth of publically available Texas hospital discharge data. These datasets are freely available to our faculty for their scholarship. The OFD has the computer database and statistical expertise required to mentor faculty interested in publishing manuscripts derived from these statewide hospital datasets.

The LDA is an eight-month development program created for the next generation of TTUHSC El Paso academic leaders and has been developed with department chairs, assistant and associate deans, and managers in mind. The program is an Office of the Provost initiative, designed and managed by the Office of Faculty Development . The goal of the LDA is to improve individual leadership skills through self-discovery, group discussions, and collaborative networking. The program’s innovative monthly sessions are designed to improve individual management and strategic planning skills, strengthen leadership performance across the university, enhance understanding of institutional culture and teamwork, improve university finance analysis, and establish a pipeline for succession planning.

The monthly sessions last three hours each, and participants are awarded a total of 27 CME hours (and two ethics hours.) Requirements for graduation from the LDA are attendance (a minimum of 21 contact hours), and successful completion of three projects: strategic plan, budget plan, and leadership project presentation. The first cohort of LDA participants graduated in April 2020.

This personalized faculty development program targets senior assistant professors and associate professors. The goals of this program are to increase clinical and scholarly productivity of the midcareer faculty, build collaboration and social support across disciplines and professions, and increase rates of promotion.

Women, Hispanic and underrepresented minority faculty members are known to lag behind other faculty in achieving scholarly activities that are essential for career development and tenure and/or promotion. To address this disparity, the Office of Faculty Development has developed a promotion-oriented mentoring program, the IFMP. The most appropriate mentors are identified to assist mentees in completing the following four objectives within the 24-month program:

  1. Mentee to present at least one abstract or oral presentation at a national scientific meeting related to the mentee’s expertise;
  2. Publish at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal;
  3. Develop and implement an educational scholarly activity that can achieve the meritorious level according to the institutional guidelines for tenure and promotion;
  4. Present a research project at a regional or national meeting or obtain an intramural/extramural grant. The majority of faculty mentees successfully achieved or exceeded the objectives.

The OFD encourages department chairs to nominate new faculty members for participation in the IFMP. Please refer to the manual of the IFMP for the details of this program.

The WIG was launched in 2016 after the Office of Faculty Development found that some faculty members were struggling due to their lack of scholarly writing skills. The goals of the WIG include an improved publication record of our faculty and increased collaboration between faculty. Experienced authors guide faculty through the process of writing and submitting manuscripts and responding to peer reviews. An increase in the average number of peer-reviewed publications was observed approximately one year after completion of the first two WIGs. The WIG was originally conducted outside of the IFDP as short sessions convened every two weeks, but it has evolved and is now a part of the annual online IFDP.

In collaboration with the GME Office, the OFD has launched a faculty development program targeting the needs of the GME core faculty, residency program directors, assistant program directors, and GME staff members.

Please visit our calendar of events to register for the teleconference sessions.

This program targets community-based faculty preceptors with the aim of ensuring greater uniformity in the clinical training of our students and residents. El Paso has a large, professionally diverse medical community, and over 140 local physicians are currently members of the volunteer faculty at TTUHSC El Paso. Before community faculty members are assigned to medical student teaching, they are invited to attend a series of presentations that include information about adult learning, useful teaching techniques in a clinical setting, feedback methods, and the institutional forms and materials used for evaluation. Community faculty members are provided with free access to the Teaching Physician website.