The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences supports three postdoctoral fellows who contribute to the development and teaching of core science courses taught within the Mendel Science Experience. Mendel Science Experience (MSE) postdoctoral fellows are appointed for two years, with an option to renew for a third year.
MSE postdoctoral fellows are mentored by a tenured or tenure-track Villanova faculty member. Half of their time during the academic year is dedicated to supporting the teaching of specialized courses designed for non-science majors. These core science courses (referred to as MSE courses). MSE courses are thematic (i.e., not traditional survey courses) and are associated with a complementary thematic lab that is linked directly to the lecture section. Although MSE courses are topically diverse, they share a common approach, incorporating in a meaningful way each of four critical components: problem solving, laboratory/field experience, use of technology and application of quantitative tools, and interdisciplinary understanding. MSE postdoctoral fellows also conduct research within the laboratory of their faculty mentor. They are expected to demonstrate research productivity which, when coupled with their teaching experience, should prepare them for academic careers at institutions that value undergraduate education.