DBBS Membership Application Procedure​

 

 The next application deadline is October 2, 2017. The eligibility requirements and the process for evaluating applications are described in the Procedures and Criteria for Membership listed below.

Application, Procedures and Criteria for PROGRAM Membership in the DBBS

Faculty on the Investigator (tenure) track from any Department of Washington University may be nominated for DBBS Program membership by their Department Head/Chair. Research Track faculty are eligible only in exceptional cases.
Elements to be considered in determining if “exceptional” circumstances exist are: scientific environment and opportunities for training; evidence of commitment to education and mentoring, long-term commitment by Dept./Division; and evidence of independence in space and funding.  If the applicant is granted membership, it would be for a 3-year approval with specific expectations to be met at the end of the 3-years (funding, publications, participation in DBBS activities).
Candidates for new Program 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 high quality, independent research program in an area of 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 students (graduate, medical, and/or undergraduate) and/or postdoctoral fellows, 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 any other evidence of a positive impact on the professional development of mentees.
  • 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 process for evaluating candidates will include the following steps.
  • The nomination will first be reviewed by the Program Director/Steering Committee of the Program that the candidate wishes to join. The Program Director will convey their recommendations to the DBBS Faculty Membership Committee along with a brief evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications with respect to the criteria outlined in 2) above.
  • The Faculty Membership Committee will decide whether to admit the candidate to Program membership in DBBS or recommend a re-evaluation for General membership. If admission is thoroughly declined, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered.
Completed applications must include the six components described below and must be attached to the DBBS membership application form, which can be downloaded below. Applications are limited to 12 pages and must provide evidence of mentoring experience and skills as well as evidence of ability to cover graduate student stipend support. The following documents are required when a faculty member applies for membership to the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences:

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 (1-2 pages)
Current and Pending Support (include information regarding start-up funds, if applicable (1-2 pages)
Research Statement (1-3 pages)Research Statement (1-3 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

 
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 Faculty Membership Committee will 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.
Applications are limited to 6 pages.Recommendation Letter or Supporting Statement from Applicant’s Department Head/Chair or Division Chief (1-2 pages)
Biographical Sketch or CV of Applicant (1-2 pages)
Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages), detailing the applicant’s area of expertise and enumerating how they will contribute to the mission of DBBS

Continuing Program Membership in DBBS

Program membership in the DBBS will be reviewed periodically:

The first-phase of review will be conducted by the Program Director/Steering Committees. The review process will address the following areas of participation in DBBS:
  • The member’s record of training and mentoring students, along with current and pending funding.
  • Committee service to the DBBS and related basic science entities including university, regional, and national organizations that support and promote graduate and medical education. Local service on advisory, planning, and oversight committees related to the mission of the DBBS.
  • Regular involvement in DBBS program activities, including seminars, journal clubs, student recruiting, and retreats.
  • Teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education
Based upon the criteria noted above and the recommendation of the Program Director/Steering Committees, the Faculty Membership Committee will decide whether to renew the Program membership in DBBS, recommend an offer of General membership, or deny membership. If admission is denied, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered. 

 Applications will be evaluated by the DBBS Faculty Membership Committee, which includes representation from the schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences.

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 Katy Winningham (winninghamk@wusm.wustl.edu).

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