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

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: Applications are due February 6, 2017
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Molly Phillips or Anna Monfils.

Apply now!

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

July 18, 2016–May 01, 2017

SimBio invites applications for a Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) focused on using SimBio’s SimUText Ecology™ as a platform to incorporate more active learning into ecology classrooms. Because students typically complete SimBio chapters before class instructors can focus class time on student-centered activities that build on what students learned at home. 

Registration: Closed
Contact: Alison Hale

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 02–May 15

The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education Synthesis (QUBES) Project and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) are inviting applications for two upcoming Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs). These online communities are professional development opportunities where participants work collaboratively to discover new teaching materials, pedagogical techniques, and quantitative content.  

All faculty are welcome. We are actively seeking participation from faculty teaching at all undergraduate levels at diverse institution types and serving diverse student populations, including non-science majors.

Benefits to Participants in Both Networks

  • Support for further development of pedagogical material focused on bringing research data into the biology/ecology classroom
  • Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks
  • Recognition as an ESA Education Scholar upon completion of all network requirements.

Check out this ESA blog about the 2016 ESA Education Scholars.

The Spring 2017 ESA Data Discovery FMN is seeking applicants who are interested in adapting existing Teaching Issues in Ecology and Evolution (TIEE) modules for use in their Spring 2017 courses. Faculty participants will implement two selected modules with a focus on providing students with the quantitative skillset needed to ‘scale up’ to large ecological datasets. This FMN will begin in January and run through the Spring semester. For more information on the selected modules and to apply, please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/datadiscovery_2017. Applications are due by November 28th.

Questions? Contact Gaby Hamerlinck at gaby.hamerlinck@bioquest.org.

The new DIG into Data for the Biology Classroom FMN is seeking applicants who have experience in bringing data-driven activities into the introductory biology or ecology classroom and are interested in further refining their own teaching modules or developing new ones. Our data partners include DryadLab and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). As a group, participants in this network will work towards developing polished teaching resources suitable for submission as a teaching data set to a special issue of TIEE. Please visit the Data Incubator Group QUBES website for more details and to apply (https://qubeshub.org/groups/dig). Applications are due by December 2nd.

Questions?  Contact Kaitlin Bonner at kbonner@sjfc.edu or Kristine Grayson at kgrayson@richmond.edu.

Informational Webinar

There is a webinar for more information on both Faculty Mentoring Networks on November 10, 2016 at 4:00pm EST. Register for the webinar by November 7 at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9007215025525936644.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 02–May 15

Are you interested in adopting interdisciplinary modules that address sustainability and climate change? Apply now to join us for the 2017 InTeGrate Faculty Mentoring Network. Participants will focus on how to use data-driven modules designed by the InTeGrate Project in undergraduate biology courses. Accepted applicants will participate in virtual sessions (including the January 2017 kick-off event) and then continue to collaborate and receive mentoring online as they customize and implement activities in their own classrooms. There are no costs to participate and faculty contributing instructor stories about their use of the materials will receive $500 stipends. 

Registration: Applications are due November 28, 2016
Contact: Gabriela Hamerlinck

Apply now!