DBBS Membership Application Procedure​

 

The Fall 2022 DBBS Faculty Membership application is OPEN

The Fall 2022 Application deadline is September 1, 2022 


Application, Procedures and Criteria for PROGRAM Membership in the DBBS

Faculty on the Investigator/Tenure track at the assistant professor level or above from any Department of Washington University may be nominated for DBBS Program membership by their Department Head/Chair. Rare exceptions to the tenure track policy can be considered for conditional membership by the DBBS Executive Council and, at the School of Medicine, the Academic Affairs Committee.
Candidates for new Program membership in the DBBS will be evaluated using the following criteria, reflecting the importance of training and mentoring. It is expected that DBBS faculty members will have strong credentials in many/most of the following areas:
  • A high quality, independent research program in an area of foundational biological or biomedical research that is congruent with existing DBBS programs and evidence of sustainable research funding or (in the case of new investigators) a strong prognosis for securing funding.
  • A strong record of training and mentoring trainees or (for new investigators) a clear interest and potential to do so. Examples include a record of past trainees and their current professional status and achievements, a list of publications authored by trainees, formal recognition/awards for teaching or mentoring, and other activities that foster the professional development of mentees. Program members are encouraged to craft a mentorship and commitment to diversity statement for posting on the DBBS or lab website.
  • Past and ongoing teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education. A list should be provided of course titles with a summary of the subject matter taught and the number of contact hours in the classroom.
  • For recently appointed junior faculty who have not had the opportunity to meet these criteria, the basis for a strong teaching, foundational research, and mentorship outlook should be addressed in the nomination letter from the Department Head/Chair.
The process for evaluating candidates that meet the above criteria will include the following steps.
  • The DBBS Associate Dean will screen all candidates for DBBS Program membership and convey their recommendation on the candidate's membership application to the Director(s) of the primary program which the candidate wishes to join.
  • The Program Director(s) will evaluate candidate credentials and suitability of the research program and make a recommendation to the Associate Dean. If admission is declined, a new request can be considered after one year. Appeals can be heard by the DBBS Executive Council.​
Applications must include the six components described below, attached to the DBBS membership application form, which can be downloaded below. Applications must provide evidence of mentoring skills and financial ability to support graduate students (costs include stipend, fees, and any bonus for competitive fellowship awards). 
Required documents:

Recommendation Letter or Supporting Statement from Applicant’s Department Head/Chair or Division Chief, whoever is financially responsible in the event of a lapse of funding by the faculty member (1-2 pages)
Biographical Sketch of Applicant
Current and Pending Support (include information regarding start-up funds, if applicable (1-2 pages)
Research Statement (1-2 pages)
List of Current and Past Trainees, if applicable, and other evidence of mentoring experience and skills (Past 5 Years – 1-2 pages)

Application, Procedures and Criteria for GENERAL Membership in the DBBS

Note: faculty who want to mentor students in their lab should apply with the PROGRAM Membership application

Faculty on the Clinical, Research or Investigator track from any Department of Washington University may be nominated for DBBS General membership by their Department Head/Chair or Division Chief.
Candidates for new General membership in the DBBS will be evaluated using the following criteria, reflecting the importance of continued excellence in postgraduate training and mentoring. It is expected that DBBS faculty members will have strong credentials in many/most of the following areas:
  • A good record of student engagement within the Medical School and/or University at large.
  • Committee service to science/medical entities including university, regional, and national organizations that support and promote graduate and medical education.
  • Past and ongoing teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education. A list should be provided of course titles with a brief summary of the subject matter taught and the number of contact hours in the classroom.
  • For recently appointed junior faculty who have not had the opportunity to meet these criteria, the basis for a positive prognosis should be addressed in the nomination letter from the Department Head/Chair.
The Associate Dean for Graduate Education will review applications and decide whether to admit the candidate to General membership in DBBS. If admission is declined, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered.
Completed applications must include the four components described below and must be attached to the DBBS membership application form, which can be downloaded below.
Recommendation Letter or Supporting Statement from Applicant’s Department Head/Chair or Division Chief (1-2 pages)
Biographical Sketch or CV of Applicant
Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages), detailing the applicant’s area of expertise and enumerating how they will contribute to the mission of DBBS

 

Please attach completed application and materials to an email and send it to DBBS Membership Committee at DBBS-FacultyMembership@email.wustl.edu

 

If you have difficulty sending the application or have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Andrew Richards​.

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