Education Board

2014 Education Planning Calendar (pdf)
Education Board Overview (10-slide presentation)
Education Board Organization (powerpoint)

A strategic goal of the ASM is to educate individuals at all levels in the microbiological sciences. The Education Board endeavors to reach that goal through member generated initiatives. It supports both student and faculty development through fellowships, online publications, conferences, workshops, and institutes, and networking opportunities.

2013-2016 Education Board Strategic Plan
Outline of the Education Board's mission, core values, visions, key constituents, challenges and opportunities, strategic issues and goals.


The Education Board’s mission is to (i) promote access, excellence, professional development, and advancement in microbiology education; (ii) promote community among microbiology students, postdoctoral scientists, educators, researchers, and practitioners; and (iii) lead microbiology education worldwide

Core Values

The Society’s core values provide the ethical and professional framework for the mission and fundamental aims of the Society. These include service, leadership, quality, and diversity

The Board has identified one guiding principle that is unique to microbiology education and provides direction throughout the 21st century. The guiding principle states, "We believe that continued development of an educator’s intellectual, scholarly, technical, and creative capabilities are essential. For this reason, we are committed to life-long learning."

Key Constituents

The Board’s key constituents are students and educators at the following levels:

  • Kindergarten through high school
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Postdoctoral

In addition, the Board serves:

  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Professional institutions

Strategic Goals (last updated October 2012)

Goal 1.    Promote the importance of microbiology as a discipline

Goal 2.    Promote the diversity of career opportunities in microbiology

Goal 3.    Promote recognition of the scholarship of teaching and learning

Goal 4.    Improve the teaching of microbiology

Goal 5.    Promote programs for students and postdoctoral scientists in microbiology

Goal 6.    Promote programs for educators

Goal 7.    Collaborate with other ASM committees, branches, etc., to increase participation in education

Goal 8.    Increase participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in microbiology

Goal 9.    Sustain effective communication about Board activities

Goal 10.   Increase volunteer involvement, staff support, and financial resources to sustain Board programs

Goal 11.   Assess the effectiveness and impact of Board programs


The Board‘s vision for the 21st century:

  • Students, postdoctoral scientists and educators will understand and appreciate the roles of microorganisms and their significance in the environment, industry, and health profession
  • ASM members will actively encourage the entrance and success of all students into microbiology
  • The community of microbiologists will be inclusive and diverse
  • Microbiology will be incorporated into science curricula from kindergarten through postgraduate and professional education
  • The Board will lead the development and worldwide dissemination of microbiology education resources
  • The Board will advance the use of technology for education
  • The Board will lead life-long learning and career progression for microbiologists

Committees of the Education Board