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The REBUILD Detroit Program, a consortium of Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College District, seeks three postdoctoral training fellows (PTFs) to support the implementation of a $21.2 M five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the REBUILD Detroit Program is to transform undergraduate education at the four member institutions to establish Detroit as a center for biomedical research training for underrepresented undergraduate students.
The PTFs will collaborate with consortium faculty, staff, and undergraduate students to design a common curriculum emphasizing mentored research among Detroit’s diverse student populations leading to accelerated pipelines into master’s and doctoral degrees to ensure students succeed in biomedical research careers. This common curriculum will include courses containing authentic research experiences based on the Research Coordination Network (RCN) model in the areas of biology, chemistry, and social/health sciences. For more information, see www.rebuildetroit.org.
We seek postdoctoral candidates with a strong interest in undergraduate teaching and research. PTFs will work closely with faculty mentors across the four institutions on: implementing innovative pedagogical strategies in courses based on the RCN model, facilitating a RCN learning community with graduate teaching fellows at each institution, engaging with undergraduate BUILD Scholars on joint research experiences, and participating in various capacities in summer enrichment programs.
For PTFs, it is expected that this role in the REBUILD Detroit Program will provide opportunities to significantly deepen your understanding of and skills in science teaching in a higher education environment including community colleges, regional or state colleges, and primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Over the course of this two-year fulltime fellowship, PTFs will design learning experiences, assessments, and laboratory exercises; engage in research activities with students; guide student learning communities; teach using evidence-based methods; meet with mentors; and participate in professional development workshops and conferences. In addition to gaining the above experiences, PTFs will develop a teaching portfolio to prepare for future positions with a strong emphasis in undergraduate STEM education. It is also expected that the PTF will actively seek a full-time faculty position during the second year of their fellowship.
The REBUILDETROIT Program Postdoctoral training fellowships are open to postdoctoral scientists with an interest in undergraduate STEM education (a potential to blend their research with undergraduate education). Eligibility is not restricted to scientists in biomedical programs, but they should have previous research experience with the disciplinary content associated with one of the RCN models:
Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching as well as an active research agenda related to one of the RCN areas.
To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be: 1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application; 2) received a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in a STEM discipline (including social and behavioral sciences) no earlier than 2009 and before September 2015.
This is a 2-year fellowship funded by a NIH grant.
Complete applications must include the following items.
Review of applications will begin April 30, 2015. Applicants will be notified by May 31, 2015. Fellowships will commence Fall 2015.