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ASPIRE Teaching Internship: Biological Principles II, Belmont University

Posted by on Friday, December 13, 2019 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Teaching Internship Opportunity:

Biological Principles II: Biology course for science and pre-health majors

Choose one of two lecture sections and/or one of two lab sections
-Class Lecture/Discussion: Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00-8:50 am
-Class Lecture/Discussion: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-9:50 am
-Lab Mon 1:00-3:50
-Lab Wed 1:00-3:50

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212


Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category, Belmont University consists of over 8,000 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 90 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees.

This teaching internship will provide experience in teaching a science course within a liberal arts environment.  The participant will be hosted by Dr. Darlene Panvini, Ph.D., 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, research, and service responsibilities at a medium-sized university with a strong liberal arts tradition.

The Principles of Biology II course includes 3 lectures per week with a separate 3-hour lab period and is for students who need two semesters of a majors-level biology course. The course fulfills a General Education lab science requirement.  Students are primarily freshmen and sophomores.  Students are Biology, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, pre-Pharmacy, pre-medical, and other pre-health majors or minors.  The course focuses on evolution, diversity of life, structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology.

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 spring semester, January-April 2020.
  • Part-time, un-paid opportunity (5-8 hours per week)

Applications due by noon, January 3, 2020

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here:
  • Submit a CV and Statement of Teaching Philosophy as to Ashley Brady at (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_Belmont_Sp 2020 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Teaching Internship_Belmont_Panvini_Sp 2020)
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the organization and they 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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