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. Postdocs who are teaching are also encouraged to apply.
3. Can we choose a Swirl course not posted on the group page?
Yes; you may implement any of the provided Swirl courses or a Swirl course from the Swirl course repository for your first implementation.
4. Do we need to implement two Swirl courses?
Yes, you must implement one existing Swirl course as well as a new Swirl course that you develop during this FMN.