Second Cohort Completes the ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program
Washington, DC (February 12, 2014) — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to congratulate the second cohort to complete the ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program, a professional development initiative to prepare doctoral-trained graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists for science teaching positions at non-doctoral institutions (community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primary undergraduate institutions).
2013-2014 ASM Science Teaching Fellows
Maria Burgos Garay
Alison Kernell Burke
Monica Rouco Molina
J. Megan Steinweg
Tricia Van Laar
Kim Van Vliet
Fifty-three Fellows took part in the 2013-2014 Science Teaching Fellows Program, a training experience that combined structured-mentoring with activities focused on four areas:
- Teaching science to undergraduates
- Curriculum and/or course design and assessment
- Student-centered, active and engaged learning
- Students as research collaborators
The activities followed an intensive format of webinars featuring in-depth discussions of concepts and best practices from experts; pre- and post-webinar assignments, including reading, skill-building, and reflection activities; and participation in an online community designed to share readings and resources and connect fellows with experts.
In 2011, this format was lauded in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action, a report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The report commended the ASM Education Board for establishing the format as a process that (i) helps participants maintain contact with program leadership and fellow participants and (ii) “may be much more successful in informing and supporting changes in teaching practices in biology departments.”
The ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program is managed by the ASM Education Board – a former Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education.
The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.
2013-2014 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program Steering Committee
Chair, Jennifer Bennett, Otterbein University
Patricia Baynham, St. Edwards University
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsboro Community College of the City College of New York
Lianna Etchberger, Utah State University
Boots Quimby, University of Maryland, College Park
ASM Education Board Liaisons:
Neil Baker, Ohio State University Emeritus (Chair, Education Board)
Laura Runyen-Janecky, University of Richmond (Member, ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education)