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Master Educator Program (MEP) – Requests for Proposals 2018

Applications will be accepted December 15, 2017- March 12, 2018 (11:59 ET)

AAAS, NSF, and other stakeholders have called for transformation in undergraduate biology education through Vision and Change (http://visionandchange.org/finalreport). With support from NSF, ASPB has gathered feedback from plant biologists on how to put the Vision and Change recommendations into practice. One of the major concerns that emerged is the need for instructional materials in plant biology that align with these recommendations.

To address these concerns, the ASPB Education Committee established the ASPB Master Educator Program (MEP).  Open exclusively to ASPB members, the MEP offers financial support to successful applicants to participate in focused, substantive, and practical professional development with the aim of creating undergraduate plant biology instructional materials aligned with the recommendations of Vision and Change and ASPB’s core concepts in plant biology (http://www.aspb.org/education-outreach/higher-education/).  Applicants can select from the suggested multi-day professional development sessions noted below or propose another program that fits with the recommendations of Vision and Change.

Financial support: MEP winners will receive up to $3500 (reimbursable or direct-pay to professional development program) for registration and travel to the program and/or to the ASPB annual meeting to present their instructional materials developed based on the MEP program.

MEP Mentoring: MEP recipients are expected to work with a mentor experienced in teaching undergraduates with active-learning methods. The mentor will serve as a sounding board and trouble-shooter as well as suggest resources and accountability measures. ASPB will coordinate mentor selection with successful applicants. Applicants may suggest a mentor (see below).

Application: Complete the online application form.

2-page Abbreviated CV: Outline your credentials and accomplishments in undergraduate education. Areas that relate closely to undergraduate education also can be included.

2-page Project Brief: Provide an overview that explains/includes...

  • A header with your name, institution, email, URL to your science education work (optional), and PD program title (link optional) you are interested in attending;
  • Your interest in being an ASPB Master Educator;
  • Your experiences in undergraduate education;
  • Your familiarity with Vision and Change;
  • Details on your selected professional development program, including dates, location, and anticipated costs.

1-page Statements of Commitment: Upon completion of the professional development activity, MEP requires resource development (with mentoring) and dissemination. Submit a statement describing your commitment to:

  • Participate in the selected professional development activity;
  • Create and pilot teaching resources based on the professional development experience;
  • Design assessment tool(s) to measure learning outcomes of your instructional materials
  • Work with a mentor (see above). ASPB will coordinate and approve mentor selection. This statement can suggest a particular mentor with a brief rationale (1 paragraph or link to mentor’s web page);
  • Present resulting instructional materials at the Plant Biology 2019 or 2020 meeting.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2018 11:59 PM
Selections will be made by April 2018. All applicants will be notified by email.


Winnie Nham, ASPB Education Coordinator