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QUBES PRESS RELEASE: 25 LEADERS IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION NAMED AS QUBES MENTORS

 

25 LEADERS IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION NAMED AS QUBES MENTORS

Honored for leading Faculty Mentoring Networks for teaching quantitative biology

 

JUNE 25, 2020 -- The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Project (http://www.qubeshub.org/), a STEM higher education reform program  supported by the National Science Foundation, has named 25 leaders in biology education as QUBES Mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year. Established in 2014, QUBES is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of undergraduate biology education with a particular focus on including more quantitative concepts and skills.

QUBES hosts semester-long Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs), which bring faculty from various disciplines, regions, and institution types in an online peer community to implement new resources and pedagogical approaches within their classrooms for teaching quantitative biology.

The mentors are recognized for leading these professional development opportunities, providing expertise, advice, and guidance as the peer group incorporates new educational practices. 

According to Jeremy M. Wojdak, PhD, QUBES Director of Professional Development and Professor of Biology at Radford University, “FMNs provide an important bridge between pedagogical theory and classroom practice, providing support and guidance to faculty just when they need it. An effective and dedicated mentor really ensures the success of an FMN.”

QUBES FMN Manager Deborah L. Rook, PhD, added, “these mentors worked hard to  guide their  faculty participants through development, adaptation, and classroom use of educational materials. Not only that, but the Spring 2020 mentors did so during a global pandemic and very sudden changes in teaching circumstances.”

Beyond the work within their FMNs, several mentors also participated in the online FMN Mentor Groups that worked together through the semester and assisted the QUBES team to improve the faculty development model for the future.

In addition to FMNs, QUBES provides a cyber and social infrastructure supporting the development, use, and adaptation of open educational materials. QUBES emphasizes scholarly teaching practices, including the use of evidence based pedagogies, thoughtful reflection on implementation results, and sharing outcomes with the community as open educational resources.

 

The Fall 2019 QUBES Mentors are listed below:

FMN: “Fall 2019 BLUE FMN” (collaboration with Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education and iDigBio)

FMN: “Fall 2019 BLUE FMN” (collaboration with Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education and iDigBio)

  • Debra Linton, Associate Professor of Biology, Central Michigan University
    FMN: “Fall 2019 BLUE FMN” (collaboration with Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education and iDigBio)
  • Vinayak Mathur, Assistant Professor of Biology, Cabrini University
    FMN: “Genome Solver: Faculty Training in Basic Bioinformatics” (collaboration with Genome Solver)
  • Anna Monfils, Professor of Biology and Director of the Herbarium, Central Michigan University

FMN: “Fall 2019 BLUE FMN” (collaboration with Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education and iDigBio)

  • Paige Parry, Assistant Professor of Biology, George Fox University
    FMN: “Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology
  • Molly Phillips, Education, Outreach, Diversity, & Inclusion Coordinator, iDigBio

FMN: “Fall 2019 BLUE FMN” (collaboration with Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education and iDigBio)

 

The Spring 2020 QUBES Mentors are listed below:

FMN: “Exploring Universal Design for Learning with BIOMAAP

 

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About QUBES

QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) is a virtual synthesis center supported by the National Science Foundation with a primary goal of increasing the effectiveness of undergraduate biology education nationwide and a particular focus on including more quantitative concepts and skills. Launched in 2014, QUBES now provides logistical, intellectual, and community support for innovative quantitative biology education projects and the extended community of instructors seeking resources. QUBES is a collaboration among educational leaders at BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, Bates College, the College of William & Mary, North Carolina State University, Radford University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

www.qubeshub.org  |  Twitter: @qubeshub  |  Facebook: @qubeshub

Contacts:  
Deb Rook, deb.rook "at" bioquest "dot" org