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, 15 undergraduate educators will be selected in 2014 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 (LifeSciTRC) 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 2014 APS Conference: Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL), June 23-27, 2014 in Bar Harbor, Maine 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 LifeSciTRC user and learn to use community tools for finding and saving resources and for creating and sharing resources and collections.
  4. Share your expertise by rating and reviewing resources at the LifeSciTRC and participating in online discussions.
  5. Learn about SOTL at the ITL and via online professional development activities.
  6. Work with PECOP Leaders and APS staff to develop an idea for a blog entry at the Undergraduate Faculty LifeSciTRC blog, post your blog entry and respond to comments. 
  7. Have an opportunity to become a LifeSciTRC Scholar and Fellow.
  8. Have an opportunity to present a workshop at a local, regional, or national professional development meeting.
  9. Complete required evaluation surveys (entry, exit, and follow-up).


Each PECOP Fellow will receive…

  1. Registration, housing and meals for the ITL meeting.
  2. Reimbursement of ITL travel expenses (air and ground transportation) of up to $600.
  3. $100 Stipend for completing fellowship activities.


  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). Preference will be given to those teaching at least half-time.
  2. DO NOT need to be a current member of the American Physiological Society.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, eligible to receive a stipend from a federal grant.
  4. Faculty who teach at institutions serving students underrepresented in STEM fields (e.g., minority-serving institutions, institutions serving students with disabilities, and institutions with significant proportions of first-generation or disadvantaged students) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Support for the PECOP program is provided by the American Physiological Society and a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Educator (RCN-UBE) Incubator program (Grant No. 1346220).

How to Apply

Applicants should apply at the APS Awards Portal (see link below). After logging in, look for “2014 PECOP Fellowship.” Answer the questions. The APPLICATION ESSAY should be completed and converted to a PDF file for upload at the award site. NOTE: DO NOT upload a Word document. See the “How to Apply” document below under Resources for a list of questions and essay requirements.

For More Information

Contact  Marsha Lakes Matyas, Ph.D., Director of Education Programs.


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How to Apply (PDF)

Instructions for applying for the PECOP Fellowship.

ITL Meeting

The first 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.