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
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: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Holly Gaff.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

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: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Erin Bodine.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 01–May 01

Are you interested in adopting interdisciplinary modules that address quantitative reasoning skills and socio-environmental issues?

Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use data-driven modules in undergraduate life science courses. Accepted applicants will customize and implement educational modules, including SESYNC case studies and other published materials. While doing this, they will participate in biweekly virtual sessions (including a mid-January kick-off event at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD) to collaborate with and support others in the network and to receive mentoring.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/sesync2018.

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

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 15–May 25

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES) are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from January - May 2018 for faculty interested in implementing or adapting existing NEON teaching materials to their educational settings. Faculty who already teach using NEON data and would like to use the FMN to improve and transition it to an open educational resource are also invited to participate. More information on NEON educational materials can be found on the Teaching Resources page.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/neon2018.

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

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 15–May 15

Are you interested in adopting interdisciplinary modules that address sustainability and climate change into your classroom? The Spring 2018 InTeGrate/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) will focus on how to use data-driven modules designed by the InTeGrate Project in undergraduate biology courses.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/integrate2018.

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

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 15–May 01

Are you interested in adopting plant-focused modules that address quantitative reasoning skills?

Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use data-driven modules in undergraduate life science 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.

For more information visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/bsa2018.

Registration: Closed
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Deborah Rook or Phil Gibson.

Faculty Mentoring Network
Happening now

January 30–May 15

Join us for a unique networking and professional development opportunity from January – May 2018 for faculty interested in bringing research data into undergraduate classrooms. Faculty will implement selected Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) modules in their introductory biology or ecology courses, with a focus on providing students with the quantitative skillset needed to ‘scale up’ to large ecological datasets.

For more information and to apply visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/datadiscovery_2018.

Registration: January 12, 2018
Contact: If you have questions please feel free to contact Gaby Hamerlinck.

Faculty Mentoring Network

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

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.

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