The QUBES Faculty Mentoring Fellows Program provides leadership positions in quantitative biology education through which faculty can promote effective instruction within and across institutions. Faculty Mentoring Fellows are outstanding faculty that have shown a clear dedication to improving their own teaching and the teaching of their colleagues.
Faculty Mentoring Fellows' experiences culminate in their coordination of a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network, sharing best practices in quantitative biology education with peers around the country. Fellows commit to a bridge program that provides guidance to select a network topic, recruit participants, establish a schedule of activities, and implement a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network on qubeshub.org, and they commit to attending a summer in-person meeting.
The position comes with prestige, a title, financial support to attend an education-focused scientific conference, and high expectations for engagement with the quantitative biology education community.
The Bridge - Online weekly meetings were held during the weeks of March 20 - April 25. Online meetings were 1 hour or less, but with 1-2 hours of homework to prepare for each meeting. Topics included network topic selection, defining an audience, recruitment strategies, engaging faculty interest and participation, finding/developing/polishing materials to share, using the QUBESHub web platform for collaboration, and best practices in pedagogy and online collaboration.
In-person meeting - July 23-28, 2017 - Fellows convened at the Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem solving in Biology workshop co-sponsored by QUBES, BioQUEST, and ScienceCaseNet, at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) to finish network planning, recruit participants, launch advertising. Registration was waived for QUBES Faculty Mentoring Fellows.
Hong Qin, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Erin Bodine, Rhodes College
Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University
Maria Hernandez, North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics
Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University
Louise Mead, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action and Michigan State University
Tanya Dewey, Animal Diversity Web and Colorado State University