ASPIRE Teaching Internship: Belmont University, General Biology , Nashville, TN

Ashley Brady
August 3, 2017
Posted in Announcements

Fall 2017 ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

General Biology course for nonscience majors
Class Lecture/Discussion: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-9:15 am
Course-associated laboratory: Tuesdays 9:30-11:20 am

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category, Belmont University consists of approximately 7,700 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. 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 and research responsibilities at a medium-sized university with a strong liberal arts tradition. 

The General Biology course includes 1 lab period and 2 lectures per week and is for nonscience majors. The course fulfills a General Education lab science requirement.  Students range from freshmen to seniors. Students have variable interests and experiences with science.  The course focuses on seven basic biological concepts:  biological molecules, cells, genetics, physiology, ecology, evolution, and scientific method.   

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 2017. 
  • Part-time, un-paid opportunity (5-8 hours per week) 

Applications due by noon, August 21, 2017

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit a CV and Statement of Teaching Philosophy to Ashley Brady at .  Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_Panvini_Belmont Fa 2017 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Teaching Internship_Panvini_Belmont Fa 2017.
  • Schedule a 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.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


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.