As one of the first RI-INBRE supported teaching postdoctoral associates, my experiences as a mentee, peer, and mentor, support the mentoring objectives of the IDeA network of RI-INBRE. In my post doc experience, August 2014-August 2015, I worked with Dr. JD Swanson at Salve Regina University on the nutraceutical properties of blackberries on gastric cancer.
Through the RI-INBRE teaching postdoctoral fellowship program I have gained immeasurable knowledge from running an undergraduate laboratory and mentoring students at Providence College, a primary undergraduate institution. This is a unique experience since graduate school training does not prepare you to run a lab exclusively with undergraduates.
The Teaching Postdoctoral Fellows (TPF) program is designed to advance the teaching and research mission of the Rhode Island Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) and help train the next generation of teacher-scholars.
The TPF program is a partnership between RI-INBRE and the PUI, whereby RI-INBRE will fund up to 50% of the salary and fringe benefits, with the remaining support coming from the PUI and/or external funding sources.
The TPF will be required to be employed full-time at the host PUI, with 50% of their effort devoted to research and 50% devoted to teaching. It is anticipated that the TPF will teach 1 to 2 courses per semester, with a maximum teaching load of 6 hours per week during the semester. The TPF will not teach during the summer and devote 100% of their effort to research at the PUI. The appointment will be renewed annually for a maximum of two years, contingent upon research productivity and teaching performance.
The institution will be primarily responsible for the promotion of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning for the TPF, through the provision of high quality teaching courses, workshops, resources, and professional development support. The TPF will also have access to the resources through the Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Rhode Island.
It is expected that the TPF will contribute significantly to the faculty mentor’s research program and play an active role in undergraduate student research training; present their research findings at regional and/or national meetings; publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals; assist with grant writing; and participate in RI-INBRE program activities.
In order to apply for the TPF program, investigators must have at least two years of available research funding, either from the RI-INBRE program or from another external source. Preference will be given to current RI-INBRE investigators.
RI-INBRE requests that Steering Committee members determine if their PUI is willing to participate in the TPF program, nominate one faculty investigator to apply for the program, and contact RI-INBRE Program Coordinator Brett Pellock (email@example.com) and briefly describing their TPF program plan. Eligible faculty investigators will then submit a 1-page TPF Plan, which should include the following information: a brief description of the research project; a list of courses to be taught and/or developed; a description of the institutional support/funding support mechanism for the TPF.