Physiology Education Community of Practice (PECOP) Fellowship


The PECOP project is designed to build a growing and dynamic community of undergraduate physiology educators who: interact, share resources, and collaborate on an ongoing basis; learn and apply effective scientific teaching methods in their classrooms, such as student-centered learning emphasized in Vision and Change; and use scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) methodologies to improve their teaching.


Toward that end, 20 (total) undergraduate educators, including full and part time faculty and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students engaged in undergraduate teaching during the academic year, will be selected in 2018 to be PECOP Fellows. The Fellows will:

  1. Develop ongoing relationships with each other, with PECOP Leaders, and with other members of the PECOP community to support excellence in teaching and learning.
  2. Increase their knowledge of effective scientific teaching methods and how to apply them in their classroom
  3. Become active members of the Life Science Teaching Resource Community ( as contributors, raters, reviewers, and bloggers.
  4. Explore SOTL and how it can contribute to effective classroom teaching and be able to describe ways to contribute to our understanding of teaching and learning by both formal and informal sharing with colleagues.


Over the course of the year-long fellowship, PECOP Fellows will…

  1. Attend the 2018 APS Conference: Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL) (, June 18-22, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin and participate in ITL PECOP Fellow activities.
  2. Meet with PECOP Leaders to discuss critical issues in undergraduate education. Discussions will take place at the ITL and via web conferencing.
  3. Register as users and learn to use community tools for finding and saving resources and for creating and sharing resources and collections.
  4. Share their expertise by rating and reviewing resources at the community and participating in online discussions.
  5. Learn about SOTL at the ITL.
  6. Work with PECOP Leaders and APS staff to develop an idea for a blog entry at the PECOP Life Science TRC blog, post their blog entry and respond to comments.
  7. Have an opportunity to become a Life Science TRC Scholar and Fellow.
  8. Complete required evaluation surveys (entry, exit, and follow-up).


Each PECOP Fellow will receive…

  1. Registration at their professional/educational level for the ITL meeting:
    1. $550 (UG faculty),
    2. $400 (postdoc),
    3. $350 (grad student).
  2. Reimbursement of ITL travel expenses (air and ground transportation, housing and meals) of up to:
    1. $700 (UG faculty),
    2. $850 (postdoc),
    3. $900 (grad student).


  1. Applicants must be actively teaching physiology and/or life science at the undergraduate level at any U.S. institution (community college, college, and/or university) in the U.S.
  2. DO NOT need to be a current member of the American Physiological Society, but non-members must apply for APS membership at the time of application.
  3. Must be eligible to receive travel reimbursement from a US federal grant. This award does not support international travel.
  4. The following groups are strongly encouraged to apply for the fellowship:
    1. Trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) with a strong interest in teaching and who are currently teaching undergraduate students,
    2. Early career educators,
    3. Community college faculty,
    4. Faculty from underrepresented minority (URM) groups,
    5. Faculty from minority-serving institutions.


    Support for the PECOP program is provided by the American Physiological Society and a grant from the National Science Foundation IUSE: Education and Human Resources (DUE - 1822245).

    How to Apply

    Applicants should apply at the APS Awards Portal ( After logging in, look for “2018 PECOP Fellowship.” Answer the questions. The APPLICATION ESSAY below should be completed and converted to a PDF file for upload at the award site. NOTE: DO NOT upload a Word document.

    For More Information

    Contact  APS Education Office.


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How to Apply (PDF)

Instructions for applying for the PECOP Fellowship.

ITL Meeting

The third APS Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL) will engage educators at all levels in interactive sessions on best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.

Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC)

APS' Digital library that includes content from physiology, developmental biology, anatomy, and other similar fields.

PECOP Discussion Forum

A dedicated discussion forum open to physiology educators at all levels.

PECOP Blog Entries November 2014 to December 2018

The PECOP Blog provides physiology educators' perspectives on educational issues including education transformation, developing and using core concepts and competencies, using evidence-based innovations in student centered learning, aligning teaching and assessment, building educational research skills, facilitating educational research collaboration, and publishing and funding educational research.

2014-2015 PECOP Fellows

APS is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Physiology Education Community of Practice (PECOP) Fellows. The fellows participate in the 2014 Institute on Teaching and Learning, submit learning resources to the Life Science Teaching Resource Community, and write entries for the PECOP Blog.