Undergraduate Faculty

ASM provides information, resources, and professional opportunities for undergraduate faculty teaching microbiology.

The 2013 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM many skills-sharpening opportunities.

Curriculum Resources and Publications

Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories
Last chance to comment on the ASM Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories. We need your input!

Helping Educational Reforms To Succeed in a Microbiology Department
A Microbe feature article by Virginia S. Lee and Michael Hyman that describes how one microbiology department changed its teaching practices.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Scholarly publication includes biology education research and science teaching articles, perspectives in education, curriculum resources, practical advice and how to's, reviews and news.

Clearinghouse of visual and multimedia programs, standard laboratory protocols and atlases of laboratory results.

Statement on the Scientific Basis for Evolution
Approved in 2006 by ASM Council, this statement documents ASM position that evolution is not mere conjecture, but a conclusive discovery supported by a coherent body of integrated evidence. 

ASM Curriculum Guidelines for Microbiology 
Representing a 12-month study by the ASM Task Force, this curriculum identifies the six overarching concepts that ensure a foundational understanding in microbiological topics deemed to be of lasting importance.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Introductory Course in Microbiology
Core themes and concepts for an introductory microbiology course including laboratory content, skills, and safety.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Microbiology Majors Program
Recommendations for conceptual knowledge, recommended core and elective courses, and laboratory skills and safety as well as issues for further action and discussion.
ASM Curriculum Recommendations: Bioterrorism Topics for All
An outline of the bioterrorism-related topics that should be addressed to students ranging from non-biology majors to microbiology majors.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Science Course for Non-science and/or General Education Majors
Participants of the 2000 and 2001 ASM Undergraduate Education Conferences were given the task of developing recommendations for various microbiology curricula. 

Making Connections
Booklet describing how ASM members connect to each other and develop long-lasting professional relationships, opportunities for collaboration, and face-to-face interaction with microbiologists in the US and worldwide. 

Tips and Tools to Scientists in the Classroom 
Find practical tips and ASM resources to help you participate more fully in youth and community programs. Share your understanding of the microbiological sciences with others.

Student Poster Request Form
Request a Student Poster to hang on our university bulletin board and recruit a future microbiologist.

Conferences, Residencies, Institutes and Webinars

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
Annual four-day conference for biologists on scientific updates and effective teaching strategies.
May 16-19, 2013

Transitions Residency
Seeks biologists who are transitioning from science education research to science education publishing.
June 24-26, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1 

Assessment Residency
Seeks biologist who are assessing student learning.
June 12-15, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1

Research Residency
Seeks biologists who are asking questions about the effectiveness of their teaching approaches and are starting to conduct research in science education.
July 17-20, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1

ASM Professional Skills Building Webinars
The ASM hosts live sessions focusing on different skills necessary for succeeding in science and captured for broadcasting.

Networks and Virtual Communities

E-announcement about education programs and resources from the American Society for Microbiology

E-mail discussion group for microbiology educators to exchange ideas, communicate issues and challenges, and learn from each other.  Sign up for the e-mail discussion group today.

Science Education Network
Database of scientists who have identified themselves and their area of expertise to mentor teachers and students, as well as review education fellowships, travel grants, and teaching resources.  Sign up now to volunteer for service. 


ASM Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
Recognizes mature individual for distinguished teaching in microbiological sciences.

ASM Graduate Teaching Award
Recognizes distinguished teaching of microbiology and mentoring of students at the graduate and post-graduate level.

ASM William A. Hinton Research Training Award
Honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.

ASMCUE Early-Career Faculty Travel Awards

Graduate students and early-career faculty who teach microbiology and are presenting a poster at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators are eligible to apply.

ASMCUE Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Award
Faculty who are not members of ASM and who teach microbiology at two- or four-year institutions with a large percentage of historically excluded and underrepresented students to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators are eligible to apply.

Biology Scholars Program Travel Grants
Up to $1,200 for biologists involved in undergraduate teaching and mentoring to participate in one of the three available yearlong Biology Scholars Program residencies.

Biology Scholars Program Alumni Sponsorships
Two support mechanisms are now available for Scholar Alumni who participated in the 2005-2011 Research Residency or the 2008-2011 Transition Residency.