Call for Applicants: MadBiology Boot Camp Director

You are invited to help shape the experience of first year students at UW‐Madison as the Institute for Biology Education’s HHMI Faculty Fellow Director of the 2012 MadBiology Bootcamp. We are currently accepting applications for this position, which includes one month of summer salary and travel funding to attend a teaching and learning conference of your choice.

The first year on campus is one of the most exciting times in a young biologist’s life, but it can also be one of the most difficult. The choices at UW‐‐‐Madison are incredible… and often overwhelming. With support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Institute for Biology Education is partnering with biologists across campus to develop a suite of programs to address the needs of students at this critical point in their lives. I invite you to become a part of this burgeoning intellectual community.

Specifically, the 2012 MadBiology Bootcamp Director will:

  • Refine the vision for MadBiology Bootcamp based on his/her interest in and previous work with first year undergraduate students, especially first‐generation and other underrepresented groups of students.
  • Work with the BioHouse Faculty Director to ensure that the Bootcamp vision complements the emerging vision of this new residential learning community.
  • Lead planning, execution, and evaluation of the 2012 MadBiology Bootcamp.
  • Work with the HHMI Program Administrator and other staff at the Institute for Biology Education to plan and coordinate all Bootcamp activities.
  • Work with the HHMI Program Administrator to develop the Bootcamp budget.
  • Supervise the recruitment and selection of Bootcamp participants.
  • Supervise the selection, training and work of student peer‐leaders.
  • Create and uphold a positive environment for all involved with the camp.

Timeline: April ‐ July 2012: Develop and plan the Bootcamp, integrate with vision for the BioHouse August 2012: Implement the Bootcamp (week of August 26). Fall 2012: Analyze and summarize evaluation data, make recommendations for future

To apply, please submit the following via email to Professor Robert Ray, HHMI Project Director (

  1. A statement of your teaching philosophy.
  2. A 1‐2 page statement about why you would like to be the Director of the Boot Camp.
  3. A summary of your experience with undergraduates and/or first year students in teaching, advising, mentoring, project management, and/or service learning.
  4. A current CV.

Deadline: March 30, 2012

Applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks.

Janet Branchaw, PhD
Interim Director, Institute for Biology Education
Principal Investigator, Foundations for Success in
Undergraduate Biology Education Project