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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

QUBES Ambassadors

If you have participated in an FMN and are eager to share your experiences with others, become a QUBES Ambassador!

Current and Upcoming

Faculty Mentoring Network

August 22–December 07

Are you interested in adopting plant-focused modules that address quantitative reasoning skills? Apply now to join us for the Fall 2018 BSA/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).
 
Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use data-driven modules in undergraduate biology courses. Accepted applicants will customize and implement newly designed educational modules from a wide range of botanical topics. While doing this, they will participate in biweekly virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring.
 
Please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/BSA2 for additional information and instructions on how to apply.

Registration:   Applications are due August 17, 2018.
Contact: If you have questions, contact Deb Rook (deb.rook at bioquest.org).

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Faculty Mentoring Network

September 09–December 02

Have you tried using online modules with mixed success? Or are you thinking about using online modules but wondering how best to incorporate them into your course? Apply now to join us for the Fall 2018 QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN): Building mathematical intuition with online MathBench biology modules.

Participants in this FMN will focus on how to integrate MathBench Biology Modules (mathbench.umd.edu) into undergraduate life sciences or mathematics courses. MathBench introduces and reinforces mathematical material in a way that is hands-on, accessible, and intuitive.  Accepted applicants will adapt and implement MathBench modules in their courses. Faculty will participate in biweekly online sessions to collaborate with and learn from others in the network and receive mentoring from implementation experts. Based on their experiences, participants will create implementation guides and instructor resources that will be posted on QUBESHub as open educational resource publications.

For more information, please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/mathbenchfmn.

Registration:  Applications are due July 20.

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Faculty Mentoring Network

September 23, 2018–May 01, 2019

Are you interested in incorporating full data analysis projects into your classes? Do you have a CURE data set you need support analyzing and interpreting? Apply now to join us for the fall 2018 Passion-Driven Statistics/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN). Participants in this FMN will plan and conduct quantitative analyses using large data sets and research questions of their choosing. Accepted applicants will create an educational module for their unique biology topic. While doing this, they will participate in weekly virtual sessions, receive support for conducting analyses on their chosen platform (i.e. SAS, R, Stata, Python or SPSS) and collaborate with others in the network. Early career participants are especially encouraged to apply.
 
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Dierker, Wesleyan University

For more information, visit https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/passiondrivenstatistics_fmn

Registration:  Applications are due August 30.

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Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

June 18–December 15

The DIG into Data for the Biology Classroom FMN will work with faculty who have experience in bringing data-driven activities into the introductory biology or ecology classroom, and are interested in exploring, adapting, and implementing new teaching modules using authentic research data. Participants in this network will develop adaptations of dataset teaching resources for their classroom.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/dig2018.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Kaitlin Bonner or Raisa Hernández Pacheco.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

June 18–December 15

HHMI BioInteractive and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES) are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from June 2018 –  January 2019 for faculty interested in improving student quantitative skills in biology. Faculty participants in this network will work in small groups to produce teaching resources related to the theme of regulation at different scales (cellular/molecular, physiological, ecological) that support new or existing HHMI BioInteractive materials.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/hhmibiointeractive2018.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Melissa Csikari, Kristine Grayson, and/or Rebecca Orr.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

August 13–December 03

This Faculty Mentoring Network is intended for undergraduate biology instructors with prior R programming experience who are interested in learning ways to teach with R effectively to students with little to no programming experience. Participants will focus on developing, implementing, and sharing modules for teaching statistical and biological concepts in R with Swirl. Swirl lessons simplify the R learning process by providing a guided, interactive experience through on-screen prompts and exercises which students answer directly in the RStudio console. Participants will learn the Swirl program, implement one existing Swirl lesson, contribute one new lesson and will leave the FMN with >10 ready-to-use Swirl lessons covering diverse biology and data analysis concepts.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/teaching_r_fmn

Registration: Applications are due by July 25, 2018

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Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

August 13–December 03

Join the QUBES/NEON Data Education Fellows FMN and implement existing educational materials using data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in your classroom. Topics range from plant phenology to earth-atmosphere gas exchange to ecological disturbance. Already teach using NEON data? Join the FMN to share your education resource with others and prepare it for publication.  
 
For more information visit, QUBES/NEON Data Education Fellows page.  

Registration: Open until 22 July, 2018
Contact: If you have questions, contact Megan Jones (mjones01@BattelleEcology.org)

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