The Future Faculty Fellows Program directed by Dr. Mark Bothwell, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, aims to prepare postdoctoral scientists for successful careers that combine research, service, mentoring, and teaching. There are two components to the program - a workshop on teaching and career development, and a teaching apprenticeship program that provides a faculty-mentor experience in designing and teaching an undergraduate course. The workshop is open to any postdoctoral fellow in their 2nd year and beyond from the UW and our affiliated institutions: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children's and Seattle Children's Research Institute. You can participate in the workshop even if you do not become a teaching apprentice.
Future Faculty Fellows Workshop - 2014
The Future Faculty Fellows Workshop, which is held shortly before the beginning of Autumn quarter each year, is a free 2-day program that focuses on providing participants with teaching, communication and job-seeking skills. Panels include: improving communication skills, strategies for improving science teaching at the undergraduate level, help with the job application and interview process and how to get your career off to a good start in your new permanent position. The workshop will be held at UW Medicine at South Lake Union. All participants receive copies of a workshop handbook and 4 highly acclaimed publications concerning teaching methods, career advancement and lab management. The workshop includes two catered lunches and ends with a wine and cheese reception for participants and faculty.
For more information on the workshop please contact email@example.com.
The applications for the 2014 Future Faculty Fellows Workshop will be accepted beginning in early August. A link to the on-line application form will be posted on this webpage when the application period begins.
Future Faculty Fellows Teaching Apprenticeship
Since 2004, 100 postdocs from over 30 different UW and FHCRC departments have participated in the Teaching Apprenticeship Program. The postdocs have designed and taught a total of 30 innovative seminar courses for UW undergraduates! Their courses enrich our undergraduate curriculum and provide opportunities for students to learn about cutting edge research and to benefit from highly interactive discussions with their instructors and peers. Beginning in 2011, courses have been taught as part of the UW Bothell Biology Program. Courses provided by our FFF postdocs in the past include:
- The Language of Cells: From human physiology and disease to ecosystems
- Aliens vs. Predators: Pathogens, drugs, and us
- Fins, Fur, and Wings: Model organisms in neuroscience
- Fixing a Broken Heart: Modern therapies for cardiovascular disease
- Biotech, Biofuels, and Biodiversity: Challenges for agriculture in the 21st century
- Humans and Microbes: A love/hate relationship
- Evolution of Immunity: From microbes to mammals
- Losing Our Minds: The biology of brain diseases
- Neurological Disorders: When ethics and biology collide
- Cancer: Bad genes or bad environment?
Slots in the Teaching Apprenticeship Program for the 2012/2013 academic year have already been filled. Participants in the Future Faculty Fellows Workshop will receive special consideration for acceptance into 2013/2014 Teaching Apprenticeship Program.
For more information on the Teaching Apprenticeship Program contact program directors Dr. Becca Price: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Jeffrey Jensen: email@example.com
What Participants Say about the FFF Teaching Apprenticeships:
Although I had team-taught lecture-based courses before, the FFFP gave me my first experiences assembling a course from scratch, teaching well outside of my area of expertise, designing creative assignments, developing rubrics, and working with students in a seminar setting.
At first, I wasn't sure I liked teaching. But after being involved in the FFF, I learned that there are different ways to make your teaching exciting and interesting, both for the students and instructor. I taught a course using the same principles incorporated into our FFF course. My students loved it!
Postdoc & Grad Resources for Teaching and Job Seeking
A wide variety of printed and on-line resources are available to learn about careers and teaching. Below are references and websites that have been recommended by colleagues in the biological sciences.
Scientific Societies, University & Agencies for Education
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