Cross Institutional Opportunities

The Spring 2020 Collaborative Fellowship will offer teaching opportunities at Goucher College, Loyola University of Maryland,  Stevenson University, Baltimore City Community College and the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS).

The Spring 2020 CTFP Application opens on October 25th, 2019. Click Here to Apply.

Summary Spring 2020 Collaborative Teaching Fellowship Opportunities

Baltimore City Community College

Two locations:
Main Campus
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21215

Life Sciences Institute - University of Maryland Biopark II
801 W. Baltimore St, Room 233-D
Baltimore, MD, 21215

Amrita Madabushi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology, Department of Natural & Physical Sciences Life Sciences Institute
AMadabushi@bccc.edu | 410.637.3803

BCC Information Session Recorded Presentation

BCCC Information Session Presentation (PDF)


Biotechnology Classes are held Tues/ Thu at BioPark (specific class times are not yet known):

BTC 103 Special Techniques in Biotechnology I (Introductory Biotechnology class, Tue/Thu: AM time),

BTC 104 Special Techniques in Biotechnology II (Advanced Biotechnology Tue/Thu AM time),

BTC 105 Techniques and Instrumentation in Biotechnology (Tue/ Thu PM time)

Additional opportunities are available for: Genetics (BIO 207), Microbiology (BIO 212), Chemistry, and other disciplines (please ask if we have not mentioned the discipline of your interest)

Fellowship Details/Expectations

The teaching fellow is expected to teach students one-on-one and in small groups. Fellows will receive ample guidance in whatever they need such as study materials, how to teach how to solve specific problems in the lab or classroom. The fellow will be encouraged to do guest lectures and is welcome to attend the biotech club meetings.

Degree Requirements
Must be PhD candidate (MS or higher in teaching area).

Preferred Skills and Experience
No teaching experience required, just interest to teach.

Commitment Length
1 semester (September 1st to December 15th)

Position is unpaid.

Expected Weekly Class Time Commitment on Campus
At least one - two hours/week

Expected Weekly Commitment outside of Class Time
Lecture/Class material will be provided.  Not much additional prep time is needed. 2 to 5 hours/week occasionally, if teaching a guest lecture. 

Informal review by mentor, Amrita Madabushi / other faculty teaching respective courses.
Contact Info (AMadabushi@bccc.edu | 410.637.3803)

Parking and Transportation
There is public transportation to the Main Campus (2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215) or University of MD BioPark II (801 West Baltimore Street, MD 21201) At BioPark, parking on the street is $1 (Max 4 Hours), there is a BCCC shuttle bus between the main Liberty campus and BioPark.

Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS)

101 N. Haven Street, Suite 105
Baltimore, MD, 21224

CTF Contact/Mentor
Lisa Z. Scheifele, PhD, Excectuive Director
@Bugsslab (twitter / facebook / Instagram)


BUGSS Information Session Recorded Presentation

Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS)


Multiple Positions Available

We will work with fellows to create an outreach or teaching opportunity that is mutually beneficial. BUGSS Teaching Fellows options include:

  • Lab Skills Night: a 2 hour course that teaches participants a particular lab technique, such as gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, PCR, protein isolation. Meets every other Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm with a rotating series of techniques. New topics are welcome, and fellows are welcome to teach multiple times. PowerPoint slides and protocols can be provided.
  • Teaching assistant: For those new to teaching, serve as a TA for one of our short courses or full courses (described below).
  • Short course: Teach a short course of 3-4 hours on a Saturday morning or afternoon. Previous offerings include courses on antimicrobials, bioluminescence, analysis of “big data”, tissue staining and microscopy. There is an opportunity to teach an upcoming course on gluten and nutrition in July, but new course topics are welcome!
  • Full course: Teach a course that meets for 3-5 hours each Saturday over a course of 2-4 Saturdays (6-20 hours total). Previous offerings include Molecular Biotechnology Bootcamp, Your Personal Microbiome, and Detection of Arthropods in Drosophila. There are opportunities to teach upcoming courses on yeast genetics and genome evolution (Build-a-Genome) and metagenomics. New course topics are encouraged, and this is an excellent opportunity to develop and pilot a course centered around your own research specialty.

BUGSS Outreach Fellows options include:

  • Giving a Research Seminar
  • Science Fair or Community Outreach Event
  • Mentoring lab research
  • Public communication

Fellowship Details

BUGSS is a nonprofit science organization that offers courses, seminars, and workshops directly to the public. Participants have diverse backgrounds and range from high-school students to retirees. Our courses have a strong hands-on component, with 3-15 attendees per session. Course topics span bioinformatics, microbiology, molecular and synthetic biology, histology, and genetics, and fellows are encouraged to propose their own course topics (must be biosafety level 1, though!). PowerPoint slides and protocols will be provided to the fellows as they are available. For those developing their own courses or teaching for the first time, help is available to develop teaching materials and ensure that they are at the appropriate level for the target audience. Classes take place after work hours so PI sign-off is not required for participation.

Commitment Details

BUGSS Outreach Fellows: BUGSS will work with fellow to create outreach opportunities that are mutually beneficial, and may include giving a research seminar, science fair or community outreach events, mentoring lab research, and/or public communication;
BUGSS Teaching Fellows: BUGSS will work with fellows to create teaching opportunities that are mutually beneficial, and may include leading a 2-hour Lab Skills Night, Serving as a short or full course teaching assistant, and/or teaching a short or full course.
** Classes take place after work hours so PI sign-off is not required for participation.

Degree Requirements
Fellows should have received or be pursuing a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree.

Preferred Skills and Experience
Interest in teaching to a broad and diverse audience.

Commitment Length
Teaching Fellows: Flexible, from one-time lectures to long-term course and project support.
Outreach Fellows: Flexible, from one-time outreach opportunities to long-term commitments.

Positions are unpaid with the exception of Build-a-Genome course ($750).

Expected Weekly Commitment outside of Class Time
Teaching Fellows: Expect to devote 1-3 hours of course preparation for every 1 hour of course time.
Outreach Fellows: Variable.

Informal review and feedback from mentor. Formal written review at the end of the course if requested by fellow.

Parking and Transportation
BUGSS is located in the King, Cork, and Seal building at 101 N. Haven St, Suite 105. Secure off-street parking is available in a gated lot in front of the building.

Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD, 21204

CTF Contact/Mentor
Judy Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Goucher Information Session Recorded Presentation

Goucher Information Session Presentation (PDF)


Multiple Positions Available: One Fellow per course

2019 CTFP Course Descriptions

SP20 semester (1/27/20 – 5/7/20):

Fellowship Details/Expectations

Varies per course; commitment will be worked out between mentor and fellow.

Degree Requirements
Fellows must be a PhD candidate or have a PhD (Exception for Advanced Seminar in Public Health: MPH candidates are welcome.)

Preferred Skills and Experience
Expertise should match course of interest. Fellows from diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply including First Generation College and groups underrepresented in science.

Length 1 semester (Fall or Spring)

Position is unpaid.

Expected Weekly Commitment
Varies per course; commitment will be worked out between mentor and fellow. Expect 10 to 20 hours per week.

Ongoing in-person feedback, written evaluation at end of semester if requested by fellow.

Parking and Transportation
Ample free parking on campus; shuttle information available at http://www.baltimorecollegetown.org/shuttle/

Loyola University Maryland

Department of Biology
4501 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD, 21210

CTF Contact
Dr. Lisa Scheifele
Associate Professor of Biology, Loyola University Maryland

Loyola Information Session Recorded Presentation

Loyola Information Session Presentation (PDF)

Positions Available

  • 2 positions in the spring for BL126 Organismal Biology Lab (1 credit lab course)
  • 1 position in the spring for BL322 Synthetic Biology Lab (2 credit lab course)

Fellowship Details/Expectations

BL126: This is an individually taught lab course that supports and enhances the material taught in the co-requisite lecture, BL121, Organismal Biology. Topics include the diversity of organisms and comparative anatomy. Technical skill development includes microscopy, invertebrate and vertebrate dissections. Course syllabus, text, and Powerpoint slides will be provided and we expect instructors to adhere to these materials with minimal changes. Sections typically run from 1:00-3:50 pm, 1:40-4:20 pm or 6:00-8:50 pm.

BL322: This is an individually taught lab course of up to 24 students that supports and enhances the material taught in the co-requisite lecture, BL322 Synthetic Biology. Topics include the structure of nucleic acids, DNA cloning, PCR, and sequencing technology, genome structure, and programmed genome rearrangement using a Cre-Lox system. Students work with bacterial and yeast cells. Course syllabus, text, and PowerPoint slides will be provided. The lab section meets on Thursdays from 1-4:50 pm.

Degree Requirements
PhD degree required.

Preferred Skills and Experience
Scientific expertise that matches course content; strong interest in teaching undergraduates; willingness to respond to feedback and work collaboratively with multiple instructors.

Commitment Length
1 semester (spring semester runs 1/13/20-4/28/20 plus final exams throug 5/8/20).

Yes, payment is available as an affiliate instructor for those who are citizens or have relevant visa. Loyola University requires that all instructors are paid, so only candidates who are capable of receiving payment as instructors may be considered.

Expected Weekly Commitment
Expect ~10 hours per week (including 3-4 hours of course time plus 1-2 hours of office hours). Office hours can be scheduled at the instructor’s convenience, but typically occur immediately before or after class.

Ongoing in-person feedback from mentor who will attend at least two class sessions. Formal written feedback at the end of semester if requested by the fellow. For fellows who wish to teach for more than one semester, additional teaching opportunites are available, depending on performance evaluations and student teaching evaluations which must be provided to the Department Chair prior to reappointment.

Parking and Transportation
Public transportation and the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle are available. Limited free parking is available on the street (except from 4-6 PM). Satellite parking is available off-campus for a minimal fee with a shuttle connecting the parking to main campus (Parking Options).

Stevenson University

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences
11200 Ted Herget Way
Owings Mills, MD, 21117

CTF Contact/Mentor
Rivka L. Glaser, Ph.D.
Director, Stevenson University Honors Program
Associate Professor of Biology

Stevenson Information Session Recorded Presentation

Stevenson Information Session Presentation (PDF)

Three to Four Positions Available

Winter semester:

  • Genomics

Spring semester: 

  • BIO 230:  Genetics
  • BIO 330:  Molecular Biology

Fellowship Details/Expectations: Varies with each course and the experiences / needs of the CTF fellows.  Previous CTF fellows have designed labs, given guest lectures, created class assignments and rubrics, and led class discussions. Commitment will be worked out between mentor and fellow. 

Degree Requirements
Fellows must have a Ph.D.

Preferred Skills and Experience
Scientific expertise should match course of interest.

Commitment Length
One or two semesters.

Position is unpaid.

Expected Weekly Commitment
Varies per course; commitment will be worked out between mentor and fellow. Expect approximately 10 to 20 hours per week.

Ongoing in-person feedback, written evaluation at end of semester if requested by fellow.

Parking and Transportation
Parking on campus is available.