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ESA Data Access - Inclusive Pedagogy
Faculty Mentoring Network

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The Ecological Society of America has once again teamed up with Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES), to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity for teaching faculty interested implementing data-intensive strategies. The ESA Data Access FMN comes with the added lens of using inclusive pedagogy in the data-rich ecology classroom.

With college enrollment becoming increasingly diverse, instructors find themselves needing to create environments where all students feel welcome, valued and ready to learn. Data Access FMN is ESA’s first FMN devoted to increasing understanding and implementation of inclusive pedagogy in ecology classrooms.  Are there ways to approach ecological concepts and quantitative skills that are more relevant and engaging to diverse students? How can instructors tap the cultural knowledge and diverse perspectives among students to inform teaching? How might exercises or assessments look different with the inclusive pedagogy lens on?  We invite applications from faculty who are eager and open to innovations in this area and hope to generate a set of best practices that might be disseminated at the end of the FMN. 


For past ESA FMNs and Education Scholars, please visit


When will the FMN be held?

ESA Data Access FMN is expected to run from late January – May 2020 with a 1-hour kick off webinar being planned for January 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET using GoToMeeting. If you have any questions about accessing the kickoff meeting or the virtual discussions, please contact me at


Benefits to Participation

  1. Access to ready-to-use teaching modules including ESA’s Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE)

  2. Access to peer mentors who have successfully implemented data-rich modules in their classrooms

  3. Access to resources on inclusive pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching

  4. Develop, implement, and assess effective materials and inclusive pedagogical practices for teaching data-intensive modules in the classroom

  5. Join a diverse community of practice in small group virtual meetings over a semester to exchange ideas, effective tips and strategies in lecture/classroom/lab 

  6. Publish your adaptations of selected TIEE modules on QUBESHub

  7. Opportunity to collaborate on a publication of best practices for inclusive data-rich undergraduate ecology education

  8. Recognition as an ESA Education Scholar upon completing all requirements.



All current teaching faculty and instructors are eligible, including adjunct faculty. Applicants should be in the position to implement a TIEE module in the lecture or laboratory of an undergraduate course. 

Faculty from underrepresented minority groups in ecology, community colleges, two-year institutions, and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to apply are strongly encouraged to apply. 

We understand that faculty themselves are a diverse group and are committed to our FMN being an inclusive, supportive experience for participants while they develop inclusive lessons for their students. Please contact the group leaders with any questions about how to best support your success in participating and completing the FMN.


Faculty Mentors

Jackie Matthes, Wellesley College
Kaitlin Stack Whitney, Rochester Institute of Technology


More Information and Questions:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Teresa Mourad, at or Deb Rook at