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Workshop Announcement

 iDigBio (via the Education and Outreach Working Group), Kurator, AIM-UP!*, and BLUE* in partnership with QUBES is pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity for teaching faculty interested in incorporating real natural history collections data into their lessons and data literacy skills into their curricula. Anticipated involvement runs from April through the fall semester of 2017. During this Faculty Mentoring Network we will be testing, customizing, and extending a series of biodiversity collections-based modules that address fundamental biological principles using real data. These modules have been developed by members of AIM-UP and BLUE (visit here to see the featured modules). Participants will work in a team to optimize and implement selected materials that complement their specific curriculum.

Who Should Apply: We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic faculty and instructors of undergraduate biology who want to bring real collections-based data into their classrooms. We are especially keen to introduce new people to the biodiversity collections community, so if you are not yet familiar with natural history collections, and their associated data, we welcome your interest and potential participation.

The majority of the network activities will take place virtually, but there will be a 2-day kick-off workshop in Gainesville, Florida, May 24-25. All accepted applicants must be available to attend the workshop, commit to the length of the FMN, plan to implement a module in their fall 2017 classroom, and share developed materials. Lodging and meals for the workshop will be provided. Some funding is available to offset travel to the May meeting, but we encourage participants to acquire additional funds.


  1. Be teaching in a college biology (or other related classes like ecology, evolution, taxonomy...) course for fall 2017.
  2. Incorporate at least one of the modules into their course during the fall 2017 semester.
  3. Be able to commit 1-2 hours every week to the project. This includes virtual meetings April - December 2017.
  4. Attend the entire kickoff workshop  in Gainesville, Florida, May 24-25, 2017.
  5. Be willing to share modified resources created during the network.
  6. Participate in evaluation of the network.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Develop, implement, and assess effective materials and innovative pedagogical practices for teaching with collections data and incorporating data literacy skills into the classroom.
  • Build collaborations with experts in biodiversity collections data and data literacy skills.
  • Work as a community of practice with diverse colleagues at both an in person meeting in Gainesville, FL and through a 9 month collaboration in a FMN.

All teaching faculty and instructors are encouraged to apply.  Faculty from community colleges, two-year institutions, and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to apply.

Application period is now closed.


Questions? Contact Molly Phillips ( or Anna Monfils (

Informational Webinar: January 26, at 1:00 pm ET Listen to the Recording.

*This Faculty Mentoring Network is a collaboration of the following projects:


Group logo image courtesy of the Florida Museum of Natural History