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ASPIRE Teaching Internship: Genetics, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Fall 2018

Posted by on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Teaching Internship Opportunity:

Genetics course for science majors
(2 different sections are available to intern)

Class Lecture: M,W,F, 8:00am – 8:50am OR 9:00am-9:50am
Course-associated laboratory: 8:00am section:  Monday 1:00 – 3:50pm
9:00am section: Tuesday 1:00-3:50pm

Class Starts August 22, 2018

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category, Belmont University consists of approximately 7,400 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. Belmont provides more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees.

This teaching internship will provide experience in teaching a lab course within a liberal arts environment.  The participant will be hosted by Dr. John Niedzwiecki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology.   The intern will also gain some exposure and insight into the day-to-day activities of life as a tenure-track professor with a blend of teaching and research responsibilities at a medium-sized university with a strong liberal arts tradition.

The Genetics course includes 1 lab period and 3 lectures per week and is a required course for Biology majors.  Students range from freshmen to seniors, but are most typically sophomores.  The course focuses on Classical, Molecular and Population Genetics.
The participant will:

  • Observe teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Meet and interact with undergraduate students
  • Give 1-2 guest lectures and receive feedback
  • Additional lecture opportunities would be available
  • Support teaching activities within a laboratory course
  • Meet and learn from other STEM faculty at Belmont


  • Internship would be for the fall semester, August -December 2018.
  • Part-time, un-paid opportunity (5-8 hours per week)

Applications due noon Tuesday, August 21, 2018

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here:
  • Submit a CV and letter of interest describing your background and career goals and interest in teaching to Ashley Brady at .  Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_Belmont Fa 2018 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Teaching Internship_ Belmont Fa 2018.
  • Set up an in-person meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline.

Your information will then be passed along to the host who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.




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