New Faculty Boot Camp

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You’ve got the job, now what?

The New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) is a 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, the main goal of this course is to foster a supportive community of practice. Participants will learn together, building relationships with colleagues who are going through similar experiences. 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; and (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. The NFBC includes one in-person session (immediately before the SDB annual meeting) and six live sessions on Zoom spread over 12 weeks. During the live sessions, course participants will have opportunities to workshop their lab manuals and grant ideas, share goals and experiences, and practice difficult conversations. Active participation, including asynchronous writing assignments and attendance at the live Zoom sessions is required.

12-Week Blended Learning Course

You will…

  • 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
  • Bonus live introductory session (not required) at SDB Meeting in Chicago!

Course Dates

July 2023 - November 2023

Course Fee

SDB Members: $299, Non-Members: $499
No payment is needed with the application.


 Deadline Extended: June 8, 2023


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".