Education Curriculum Fellowship

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The American Society for Microbiology's Education Department has an opening for an ASM Headquarter's (HQ) Fellow. The Department offers conferences, professional development, fellowships, guidelines, a journal, and online resources and communities.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and gain experience with a wide range of educational projects for students, trainees, educators and science faculty.     

During the course of the year the fellow will:

  • increase knowledge of best practices in curriculum design, science teaching and learning 
  • develop and improve project and people management skills,
  • gain leadership and collaboration skills,
  • increase knowledge of non-research, science-based career options, and
  • develop a network of contacts in higher education, science education and government.

The ASM Fellow in Education will deepen his/her understanding of ASM; curriculum guidelines and course design; active learning and laboratory biosafety. He/she will develop skills to shepherd projects from conception to implementation and eventually commercialization.  The ASM Fellow in Education will have opportunities to work with other ASM programs in publications, membership, communications, policy and international affairs.

The ASM Fellow in Education reports to the ASM Education Director and will:

  • serve as ambassador to ASM education programs
  • work with ASM leadership to develop and publish microbiology education resources
  • work with ASM leadership to train and mentor faculty members in curriculum and course design and biosafety
  • support and manages community of practitioners
  • communicate about ASM education programs in person, in writing, at meetings, and via the Internet or social media

The ASM Fellow in Education will be able to demonstrate:

  • advanced degree in microbiology with teaching or tutoring experience (PhD required);
  • excellent understanding of microbiology terms and concepts as well as laboratory biosafety
  • excellent project management skills including the ability to assimilate and summarize tasks based upon discussion. Ability to transition from concept to discrete tasks, timeline and implementation plans
  • exceptional communication skills including the ability to write clearly and succinctly about complex topics for a general audience; ability to communicate through the Internet and social media; ability to communicate with individuals from diverse audiences and backgrounds
  • excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work with individuals from diverse audiences and backgrounds; previous experience working with people at the collegiate level required
  • excellent use of Microsoft Office suite, databases, HTML, SurveyMonkey, social media (Facebook, LinkedIN and Twitter), Google services (e.g. forms, chat rooms), and Internet-based research; familiarity with Joomla a plus.
  • familiarity in course design, delivery and evaluation at the collegiate level a plus
  • ability to travel 2-3 times annually

Although the fellowship begins formally between June 1 and September 1, successful candidates must be available to for a 1-week (May 20-26) temporary position to participate in the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators in the Boston area.

The application is currently closed.

ASM Headquarter's Fellowship in Education
Human Resources Department
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 737-3600