The HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador community is a growing network of expert high school and undergraduate educators who work closely with BioInteractive to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices, drive change in science education, and elevate the professional and scholarly profile of science teaching.
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HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador Academy

The HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador Academy is an application-based, 3-year professional development pathway designed to grow the Ambassador community. The window to submit an intent to apply to the 2020-2023 Academy has closed, and the cohort will be announced in Fall 2020. Up to 30 educators will be selected to work with BioInteractive to spread inclusive and equitable science teaching practices that incorporate our classroom resources, approach, and values. 

Cohort members will participate in a research-based professional development pathway focused on building professional learning leadership capacity. The Academy will include workshops, coaching, professional networking, and opportunities to participate in and present at science education conferences.

Upon completion of the 3-year Academy, cohort members will join the HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador community and help to design and facilitate BioInteractive professional learning experiences for other educators, serve as program advisors, and contribute to BioInteractive content as developers, reviewers, and field testers. Ambassadors remain members of this community as long as they stay in science education.

Academy Pathway

Year One topics: Community Building, Scholarly Teaching, and Adult Learning Theory. Year One closes with the NABT Conference, November 5-8, 2020, in Baltimore, MD, and the BioInteractive Academy Meeting, July 2021, in Chevy Chase MD. Year Two Topics: Peer Feedback, Design, and Facilitation. Year Two closes with the NABT Conference, November 11-14, 2021 in Atlanta GA, and the BioInteractive Academy, July 2022 in Chevy Chase MD. Year 3 topics: Networking, Professional Learning Provider, and Leadership. Year 3 closes with presenting at a Regional or National Conference, and BioInteractive Academy, July 2023, Chevy Chase MD

Benefits of Participation

  • Up to 3 years of professional learning and development
  • Full travel and registration support to participate in NABT during year 1 and 2
  • Participation in a national professional network of expert life science educators
  • Full travel and registration, coaching support and $1000 stipend to present at least once at a national and/or regional meeting in year 3


To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time biology or environmental science educator with the teaching of high school or undergraduate students as part of your responsibilities. Retired educators are not eligible.
  • Have teaching experience of no less than
    o   5 years for high school educators and hold a current license to teach
    o   3 years for undergraduate educators; or
    o   a combined 5 years teaching experience at both levels
  • Intend to continue working in science education
  • Be employed in the U.S., U.S. territories, Mexico or Canada*
  • Be comfortable teaching and learning in English

*Successful applicants outside the United States are expected to obtain all necessary visa documentation to attend the U.S.-based events identified in this application.

Key Dates

Intent to apply: November 18, 2019–January 6, 2020
Application submission due: March 23, 2020, 5 PM EDT
Notification of status: May 11, 2020
Finalist additional materials due: July 10, 2020, 5 PM EDT
Finalist interviews: July 15–August 5, 2020
Notification of invitees: August 17, 2020
Acceptance due: September 8, 2020
Start date: September 28, 2020
First in-person meeting: November 5–8, 2020
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Call for Applicants

The window to submit an intent to apply for the 2020–2023 HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador Academy has closed. If you submitted your intent to apply and have questions about the application process, please review the FAQ and Components of the Application documents. If you already have an application in progress and wish to return to it, click here.

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Meet the Team

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