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NEON Soil Respiration Faculty Mentoring Cohort

Applications Due: December 15

Apply now!

Are you a member of a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI)? Are you interested in creating teaching modules that incorporate macrosystems ecology with quantitative reasoning skills? Apply now to join us for the Spring 2023 Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).

Starting in February 2023 through May 2023 the cohort will engage in three synchronous and two asynchronous online sessions that will include some preparation and post-session work. Synchronous sessions will last 90 minutes. Times are TBD, but participation in all sessions is a requirement for participation.

Space is limited, and the network is launching soon, so apply now!


Description: John Zobitz and Naupaka Zimmerman are  joining forces with BioQUEST/QUBES to work with faculty who are interested in adapting and implementing selected teaching modules that incorporate measurements of soil respiration. Participating educators are encouraged to mix and match parts of modules and customize them for use in their classrooms.


Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-February 2023 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2023 semester.

How to Apply:

Applications are due December 15. You can follow this link to view the application form. You must be a faculty member at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 30. Space is limited, only 5 participants will be selected.

Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least one class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Spring 2023 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.

For your participation in this cohort you will:

  • Participate in a supportive small group cohort with faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions.
  • Receive instrumentation (LI-COR LI-850 CO2 and H2O Infrared Gas Analyzer) that measures soil CO2 fluxes.
  • Discuss and assess your professional practice for culturally relevant mentoring practices, through readings and discussions.

You will be expected to:

  • Participate and engage in conversations in a synchronous zoom and asynchronous settings.
  • Reflect on your teaching and mentorship practices.
  • Develop and pilot a new curriculum module related to soil respiration of CO2 gases, published on QUBES.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Zobitz at zobitz@augsburg.edu or Naupaka Zimmerman at nzimmerman@usfca.edu

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