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. FMNs usually consist of anywhere from ten to twenty 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 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. All of those who are currently teaching and have students they can implement these materials with are encouraged to apply.
3. Can we choose a module not listed?
You must commit to implementing at least one of the selected modules to complete the requirements of this network. However, there will likely be additional modules introduced during the spring term that you can implement as well.
4. Do we need to implement a full project?
No, you may implement only some of the modules within a project in your course(s). We hope that you will implement the project in a way that is appropriate for your course and your students.
5. I teach K-12 students - can I use EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Projects in my classes and/or join this FMN?
Yes, anyone is welcome to use our projects in an educational context and apply for this FMN. However, please realize that the projects were designed with college-level classrooms in mind and that most of the FMN participants will be from higher education.