Future Faculty Fellows Program


​​Next year's Future Faculty Fellows Workshop is scheduled for

June 17 & 18, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: TBD

More details to come soon!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Future Faculty Fellows Program 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 career development, and a teaching apprenticeship program that provides a faculty-mentor experience in designing and teaching an undergraduate course. Postdocs can attend only the workshop or both the workshop and the teaching apprenticeship, which is called Science Teaching Experience for Post-Docs (STEP). By completing the workshop, postdocs will be eligible for STEP. 

Future Faculty Fellows Workshop

​This two-day workshop provides postdoctoral scientists with teaching, communication, and job-seeking training for academic careers. The program will be of relevance to individuals in any area of basic or applied bioscience, or engineering in any biological, biomedical, or biochemical field. The workshop is free and open to any postdoctoral fellow in their second year or beyond from the UW and our affiliated research institutions: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Workshop topics include:

  • Mentoring and Being Mentored
  • Writing Cover Letters, CVs and Research Statements
  • How to write a diversity statement
  • Setting up your first lab
  • Writing a Teaching Statement
  • Salary and Funding Scenarios
  • Interactive Teaching and Active Learning Strategies
  • Preparing for your interview

The workshop includes two catered lunches and ends with a wine and cheese reception for participants and faculty.

The Future Faculty Fellows Workshop is directed by Dr. Chet Moritz, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and by Dr. Rosana Risques, Assistant Professor of Pathology.

​For more information on the workshop please contact fffp@uw.edu.​

What participants have to say about the Future Faculty Fellows Workshop

"The workshop was a real kick in the pants to get organized and prepare for the job market. That was somewhat stressful. However, I think the speakers (especially the organizers) did a great job at reassuring us and reminding us to do this because we love it."

"I was very impressed at how organized, professional, and perfectly planned it was. ...Thank you for providing the opportunity to get a better idea of the academic professor application process and allowing me to hear about different people's experiences."

"The whole workshop was full of interesting views and stuffed with useful information!"

Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs (STEP)

The mission is to engage a diverse pool of postdoctoral fellows at the University of Washington and affiliate institutions in a closely mentored apprenticeship to learn how to teach scientifically with inclusive, demonstrably effective, student-centered pedagogies. The postdocs work in teams of three to co-design and co-teach their courses. Each team delivers a 10-week, special topics seminar course.

Since 2011, over 50 postdocs from different UW departments and affiliate institutions have participated in this teaching apprenticeship. The postdocs design and teach innovative seminar courses for UW undergraduates at UW Bothell and UW Seattle campuses! These seminars enrich our undergraduate curricula and provide opportunities for students to learn about cutting edge research and to benefit from highly interactive discussions with their instructors and peers.

For more information on the Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs (STEP) program visit STEP Program Information or contact progra​m director Dr. Becca Price (beccap@uw.edu​).

What Participants Say about the STEP Apprenticeships:
"Although I had team-taught lecture-based courses before, the STEP program 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 program, 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 STEP 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 websi​tes that have been recommended by colleagues in the biological sciences.

General to all fields:

​By Research Fields:​