Faculty Mentoring Networks

What are Faculty Mentoring Networks?

Faculty mentoring networks are:

  • Online groups, typically 10-15 faculty members
  • Focused on a specific topic or material
  • Typically meet every two weeks over a period of several months
  • Led by teams of expert content and pedagogy mentors

What are the benefits of participating in a faculty mentoring network?

  • Interact with colleagues across the country who are teaching similar courses
  • Discover new teaching materials and incorporate them into your course with hands-on help from experts
  • Learn about new pedagogical techniques proven to be effective in the classroom
  • Become more comfortable incorporating quantitative content into your biology courses
  • Provide evidence of your professional development to your department and/or tenure committee

Don't see the topic you are looking for?

Contact us to request a network on a certain topic, and we will notify you if/when it becomes available.

Do you have your own teaching materials that you'd like to test in classrooms nationwide?

Do you have quantitative biology expertise you'd like to share with other faculty?

You can propose and lead your own faculty mentoring network, and the QUBES team can help.   We'd love to hear from you

Current and Upcoming

Faculty Mentoring Network

November 01, 2017–May 31, 2018

Many scenarios in the life sciences can be modeled with discrete difference equation models which simulate how quantities change over evenly spaced intervals. The construction and analysis of models of discrete difference equations do not require knowledge of calculus, and thus make excellent exemplary models in courses where the typical student may not be proficient in calculus.  In this Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN), participating biology faculty will engage in converting the materials developed for an undergraduate freshman level course on discrete mathematical modeling for the life sciences (including readings, lecture slides, and computer lab projects) into single modules (separated from the developmental sequence of a math course) to be utilized in the participating faculty's Spring 2018 biology courses.

For more information and to apply visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/discretefmn_f2017.

Registration: Applications are due September 30, 2017
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Erin Bodine.

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Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

April 01–December 31

Are you interested in incorporating more real data into your undergraduate courses? Natural History Collections have been digitizing their holdings and making them available online, creating a vast resource for biodiversity data that educators can access!

Apply now to join the 2017 “Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education” Faculty Mentoring Network. Participants will be introduced to new materials and modules that address fundamental biological principles using real biodiversity collections data.  Accepted applicants will participate in virtual sessions, a two-day workshop (held on May 24-25, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida), and continue to collaborate and receive mentoring online as they customize and implement activities in their own classrooms.

This opportunity is part of a collaboration among iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis), Kurator, AIM-UP! (Advancing Integration of Museum into Undergraduate Programs), and
BLUE (Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education).

For more information and to apply visit http://qubeshub.org/groups/nhc_fmn.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Molly Phillips or Anna Monfils.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

June 01, 2017–January 31, 2018

HHMI BioInteractive and QUBES are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from June 2017-January 2018 for faculty interested in improving student quantitative skills in biology. Faculty participants focus on providing students with a more comprehensive quantitative skillset by implementing selected HHMI BioInteractive materials in their introductory biology courses and will draft a supplementary activity. For more information on the selected modules, visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/hhmibiointeractive2017/materials.

Additional information about this Faculty Mentoring Network is available at https://qubeshub.org/groups/hhmibiointeractive2017. All faculty are welcome. We encourage faculty from minority-serving institutions and primarily undergraduate institutions or community colleges to apply.

For more information, attend our informational webinar on April 12, 2017 at 4:00pm EST. Instructions for registering for the webinar can be found on our QUBES Hub website: https://qubeshub.org/groups/hhmibiointeractive2017/webinar.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Melissa Csikari or Kristine Grayson.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

August 28–November 03

We are organizing a group of faculty interested in developing online video tutorials to enhance computational genomics education. Video is an effective tool for flipped and traditional classrooms because students can learn at their pace and explore course materials more deeply. Videos are especially effective in teaching computational skills where visual cues are important for students to develop intuitive understanding and computational thinking. This workshop aims to help faculty quickly develop their own video tutorials for computational genomics. Tentative topics include RNAseq and differential gene expression analysis, and data analysis/visualization using RStudio, but actual topics will depend on participant's interests.

For more information and to apply visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/genomicsvideos.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Hong Qin

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

August 28–December 08

The Life Discovery - Doing Science Biology Education Conference (LDC), Data Nuggets, and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES) are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from September – November 2017 for faculty interested in bringing authentic research data into high school and undergraduate classrooms as part of the LDC Travel Awards funded by NSF.

Faculty will implement one or more selected Data Nuggets in their AP biology, introductory biology, or ecology courses. Originally developed as a collaboration between K-12 teachers and scientists, Data Nuggets are now widely used in K-16 classrooms. They are free activities that bring authentic research and data into the classroom, revealing to students how the process of science really works and increasing the connections between scientists and the public. 

Informational Webinar:
For more information, attend our Information Webinar on June 30, 2017 at 1:00pm EST. Register for the webinar by June 26, 2017

For full information, please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/ldcfmn.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Gaby Hamerlinck.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

September 11–December 04

The Math Modeling Hub (MMHub) aims to develop and grow math modeling in grades K - 16 by connecting educators with mathematical modeling through mentoring, resources, and community. The inaugural Math Modeling Faculty Mentoring Network (MMFMN) will bring together experienced teachers of math modeling to learn about, discuss, and implement math modeling instructional approaches and materials via the MMHub. A primary goal of the group will be to collaborate and provide feedback on resources they share using this new platform in anticipation of the official launch of the MMHub in July 2018.

Visit MMHub: https://mmhub.qubeshub.org.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Ben Galluzzo or Maria Hernandez

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

September 15, 2017–April 27, 2018

This group will share and implement hands-on (i.e. manipulative) activities that teach quantitative biology (e.g., disease modeling) using active-learning exercises. The activities can be adapted to any level from high school through graduate courses.

Our approach lends guidance and support as you implement hands-on activities in your course. Simply put, you will have a group of peers and experts with whom to explore new exercises, try them, and discuss your experiences.

For more information and to apply visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/beanbagbiology

Registration: Applications are due September 15, 2017
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Holly Gaff.

Apply now!