New Faculty Boot Camp


The New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) is a 12-week blended learning course offered by the Society for Developmental Biology. Ideal for pre-tenure faculty within the first three years of starting their position and advanced postdoctoral fellows who have accepted a job offer. Course participants will learn how to:

  1. Plan for success
  2. Develop as leaders
  3. Manage time, projects, and people
  4. Find and secure funding
  5. Grow as teachers and mentors

In addition, one of the main goals of this course is to foster a supportive community of practice, building relationships with colleagues going through the same or similar experiences.

This course includes reading and writing assignments as well as expert advice from leaders in diverse fields including business, academia, and developmental biology. During live sessions, course participants will workshop their lab manuals and grant ideas, share goals and experiences, and practice difficult conversations. Active participation including asynchronous writing assignments and attendance a live Zoom sessions is required.

Course Details


  • Launch yourself on a lab leadership journey
  • Complete 6 asynchronous online modules
  • Meet regularly with your cohort and facilitator via Zoom
  • Get peer feedback, support, and expert advice from people in your discipline
  • Stay connected with your cohort, share ideas, and support each other
  • Learn how to establish an inclusive scientific culture in your lab
  • Craft a comprehensive lab manual

Course Dates

September 2024 - November 2024

Course Fee

SDB Members: $650     Non-Members: $1,200


Application will open in Spring 2024.


If you have any questions, please call the Society for Developmental Biology office at 301-634-7815 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time M-F or email SDB Courses at with the subject line "New Faculty Boot Camp".