Undergraduate Teaching Experience for Post Doctoral Fellows

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Undergraduate Teaching Experience for Post Doctoral Fellows

The Cancer Teaching Fellows Program provides an opportunity for Fred Hutch postdoctoral fellows to gain mentored undergraduate teaching experience at NMSU. Working with a highly-regarded professor at NMSU, Cancer Teaching Fellows will enhance their skills as undergraduate educators by completing preparatory assignments and executing an effective lecture series in a diverse undergraduate biology class at NMSU.

About the Cancer Teaching Fellows Program

Cancer Teaching Fellows will complete a two-week residency at NMSU that is designed to: 1) provide mentored teaching experience and diversity training to Fred Hutch post-doctoral fellows; and 2) enhance the cancer education curriculum at NMSU. In preparation for this experience, the Cancer Teaching Fellows will complete between three and five pre-residency assignments that will take an estimated 20 hours of time over the course of four to six weeks. During residency, the Fellows will observe undergraduate biology lectuers, develop their own interactive lectures including assessment activities, and practice teach their lectures to Dr. Michèle Shuster. During the second week of the residency, the Fellows will teach in one of Dr. Shuster's undergraduate courses (e.g. Introductory Biology or Introduction to Cancer). Dr. Shuster will attend all lectures given by the Cancer Teaching Fellows and provide feedback.

Fellows will also have opportunities to meet informally with NMSU students to let the know about some of the research opportunities available through the Fred Hutch/NMSU partnership, including the summer intern programs offered to NMSU undergraduate, MPH, and Ph.D. students. Cancer Teaching Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet with several NMSU faculty members (associated with the Fred Hutch/NMSU partnership) to discuss the balancing of research, teaching, and service in academic positions.

In an effort to showcase some of the challenges and opportunities of teaching at a primarily undergraduate, minority-serving institution, Fellows may also be invited to participate in activities specific to those of a faculty member. The activities offered during residency can be tailored somewhat to accomodate the interests and desired learning and experience outcomes of the individual Fellow.

The program's start and end dates are flexible and will be negotiated between the Fellows and Drs. Michèle Shuster and Karen Peterson; however participation in the two-week residency must take place between September 9 through November 29, 2019.


Dr. Shuster will serve as the primary mentor for the Cancer Teaching Fellows. She is a tenure-track associate professor in the Biology department at NMSU, with extensive undergraduate teaching experience. Dr. Shuster is a recipient of the Donald C. Roush and Westhafer Awards for Excellence in Teaching at NMSU.

Dr. Peterson will serve as an informational and teaching resource prior to the Fellows' two-week residency at NMSU. Upon the Fellows' return, she will provide information about opportunities for additional teaching experiences at Fred Hutch, NMSU, and local and/or regional undergraduate universities. In addition, she will offer counsel to Fellows seeking guidance about their career path, as well as mentorship during the job search process.

Compensation, Travel, and Housing

Cancer Teaching Fellows will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as the local per diem for food and housing in Las Cruces. The program will also cover the cost of airfare from Seattle to El Paso and back. Fellows are responsible for securing their airfare, housing, and local transportation for the duration of two-week residency (if desired); rental cars are available at the El Paso International Airport.  The program manager, Helena Loest and/or Program Coordinator, Marilyn Drennan, will advise on making the travel arrangements.  *Housing options near the NMSU campus include:

The Extended Stay: Value Place 2080 South Triviz Drive; (575) 528-2046 This facility includes one- and two-person studios that feature a full size refrigerator, two-burner stovetop, microwave, dining table and chairs, cable and high-speed internet access, laundry, and vending machines. Rates: One-person studio, ~ $179 (including tax) per week; two-person studio, ~ $220.52 (including tax) per week. Please note: A $100 refundable deposit is required. Utensils, dishes, cookware, and other limited appliances will be provided by the ITREC program.

Sleep Inn
2121 S. Triviz; (575) 522-1700 Hotel amenities include a free continental breakfast, high-speed internet access, and a swimming pool and/or exercise room. Rates: $55 - $95 per night.

Comfort Suites
2101 S. Triviz; (575) 522-1300 Hotel amenities include a free continental breakfast, wireless internet, heated swimming pool, copier and fax machine. Rates: ~$100-$125 per night.

Ramada Palms 201 E. University Ave.; (575) 526-4411 or (800) 2RAMADA Hotel amenities include free continental breakfast, airport shuttle, fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Rates: $55 - $99 per night.

*All hotel rates are approximate; accepted Fellows should confirm rates before making a reservation.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be a post-doctoral fellow at Fred Hutch to be eligible to participate in the Cancer Teaching Fellows Program, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicants will be selected based on their interest in teaching, as evidenced by participating in teaching at the Fred Hutch or other institutions.

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the Cancer Teaching Fellows program, please complete and submit an application. Completed applications are due on Friday, May 10, 2019. Notification of acceptance will occur by the first week of June.

For More Information

If you have any questions about the Cancer Teaching Fellows program, please contact, Drs. Karen Peterson or Michèle Shuster. For assistance with travel arrangements, please contact the program managers: Helena Loest and/or Marilyn Drennan.