[Coral-List] Fwd: Workshop: TeachingEvolutionForPostdocs.2011

Iliana Baums ibb3 at psu.edu
Wed Jan 5 07:26:52 EST 2011

*Second Invitation to Apply: FIRST IV -Teaching Workshops for Postdocs in

Postdoctoral researchers in any field of biology are invited to participate
in Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST IV) for
Postdoctoral Scholars, funded by the National Science Foundation and
associated with five regional field station networks throughout the United
States (locations and dates described on www.firstiv.org). FIRST IV focuses
on reform of undergraduate biology education through professional
development of postdocs. Participating postdocs will design an
inquiry-based, student-centered undergraduate biology course.

Key elements of FIRST IV include active learning, assessment and diversity
in teaching. Postdocs will attend two workshops during consecutive summers,
a four-day workshop in 2011 followed by a three-day workshop in 2012. During
the academic year between the two workshops, postdocs will teach all or part
of an introductory biology course (e.g., cell biology, genetics, ecology,
organisms, populations, evolution) at their home institution using the
course framework they designed during the workshop. A team of scientists who
are expert innovators, teachers, and professional developers will conduct
the workshops at the field stations and mentor the postdocs during the
academic year.

*Who should apply?* Postdoctoral researchers who have an interest in and
commitment to teaching. We encourage individuals or teams of two postdocs
from one institution to apply.

*Cost?* The NSF is sponsoring all expenses for workshop participants at
field stations, including room, board, and instructional materials and will
provide up to $400 in travel expenses for each postdoctoral fellow for each
workshop attended.

Second call application due: January 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance: February 21, 2011

*Questions? Contact Diane Ebert-May, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan
State University, ebertmay at msu.edu

Application is on the FIRST IV web site:** www.firstiv.org
**Please name your completed application file:**LastnameFirstname_FIRSTIVapp.pdf
*Send all application materials as one PDF document to:** apply at firstiv.org*

Diane Ebert-May, PhD
Professor, Plant Biology
270 Plant Biology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(office) 517.432.7171
(cell) 517.256.3536
(fax) 517.353.1926


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