Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are faculty mentoring networks?
Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs) are a method for building supportive communities of faculty interested in addressing similar challenges around teaching quantitative biology. For Data Access FMN, we expect up to 12 faculty participants working with content and pedagogical mentors from the community. The groups share a private space on the QUBESHub where they can have discussions, share resources, and manage group projects. The larger group is subdivided into smaller groups of up to six participants to facilitate discussions. Faculty work together to brainstorm, plan, troubleshoot and generally support one another in their efforts to implement new materials or approaches in the classroom. Mentors facilitate the discussion and provide some guidance and resources.
As faculty grapple with the many details and new challenges of implementing fundamental changes in their classrooms, ongoing community interaction is vital. The virtual nature of FMNs makes this long-term interaction possible by reducing both time and financial barriers to participation.
2. Is this opportunity only available to full-time faculty or can a long-term adjunct faculty member apply?
Yes, adjunct faculty are welcome to apply. Postdocs who are teaching are also encouraged to apply. You must be in the position to implement modules in 2020.
3. Can we choose a module not listed?
No, you must implement one or more of the selected modules to complete the requirements of this network. Additionally, you must implement some portion of the data management module.
4. Do we need to implement two full modules?
No, you may implement portions of modules in your course(s). We hope that you will adapt the modules in a way that is appropriate for your course and your students.
5. I am not able to implement the modules in Spring 2020. Can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome applications from faculty able to implement the modules in Spring or Fall 2020. You will receive the ESA Education Scholar title with documentation of implementation.