Asm science teaching fellows course


About STF

Institute Overview
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is offering a 5-month development opportunity to help prepare doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. Fellows in the program take part in a highly focused training experience that combines in-depth webinars, pre- and post-webinar assignments, structured mentoring, and a community of practice. The experience is designed to help fellows deepen their understanding and strengthen their skills for science teaching positions at community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primary undergraduate institutes. The experience is fast-paced, intense, interactive, and presents practical examples in microbiology education.

Application Available: 
September 1, 2016 

Application Deadline: 
November 2, 2016


Learn more and apply!

2016-2017 Steering Committee


Chair, Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College of the City College of New York
Scott Gabriel, Viterbo University
Julie StantonUniversity of Georgia
Miriam Segura-Totten, University of North Georgia

Laura MacDonald, Hendrix College (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Ines Rauschenbach, Rutgers University (STF Fellow 2013-2014)
Melanie Melendrez, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology 

ASM Education Board Liaisons
Mary Sanchez Lanier, Washington State University (Chair, ASM Education Board)

Program Goal

The goal of the Science Teaching Fellows Program is to explore student centered teaching and develop the skills needed to succeed in positions that have a significant teaching component. 

The Program offers professional development opportunities in three significant areas:

  1. Course design and assessment
  2. Student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement
  3. Developing your teaching philosophy and writing a teaching philosophy statement

Fellows will leave the program with tips for:

  • Implementing best practices in curriculum development, such as backward design 
  • Using active learning strategies in the classroom 
  • Identifying tools, resources, and connections to enhance classroom practices
  • Developing skill sets that make you a better applicant when applying for academic positions

The program is based upon successful ASM professional development models in which participants:

  • attend interactive webinars presented by experts in the field in order to become familiar with terms, concepts and best practices.
  • complete pre- and post-webinar assignments, including readings, skill-building activities, and reflections designed to help fellows deepen their understanding, practice emerging skills, and keep on task.
  • participate in an online community of fellows, mentors and facilitators to share readings and resources and connect fellows with experts.

An eligible applicant must be:

  • A graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or early-career scientist (a scientist who has completed his or her postdoctoral studies within the last three years)
  • Studying, conducting research or teaching in the microbiological  and related sciences
  • An ASM student, postdoctoral, contributing, or premium member
  • Willing to commit time and resources to participate in program activities from December 2016 to April 2017
  • Interested in careers that have a substantial teaching component at a non-doctoral institution

Participation Requirements
Upon acceptance into the program, fellows will be required to:

  • Participate in six 120-minute live webinars. See syllabus for dates and times.
  • Complete all pre- and post-webinar assignments in a timely manner
  • Participate in an online community of practice
  • Participate in surveys for a maximum of 24 months to ascertain the effectiveness of the training
  • Have a personal computer to connect to the webinars, access assignments, and participate in the program's online community

The assignments will provide a solid foundation and practical experience for enhancing the fellows' training, development, and confidence.

Candidates who successfully complete all assignments will be recognized in an ASM Press Release and receive a Certificate of Completion.

Sponsorship and Credentials
The ASM Science Teaching Fellowship Program is managed by the American Society for Microbiology Education Board.  In 2000, President Clinton recognized the ASM Education Board for its contribution to graduate education by presenting it with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education.