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?
Adjunct faculty are welcome to apply. Postdocs who are teaching are also encouraged to apply.
3. Can we choose to test a molecular case study not listed as part of the FMN?
No, if you decide to implement one of the ready-to-use molecular case studies, you must select one from the list provided here. If you did not find a suitable case for your classroom, we invite you to collaborate with us to develop a new case that can be added to the Molecular CaseNet collection. Completing either implementation or development will fulfill the requirements of this network.
4. Do we need to implement one of listed molecular case studies completely (as listed)?
No, you are welcome to either adopt or adapt the case to meet the needs of your students, course.