2015-2016 Program Description
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.
2015-2016 Steering Committee
Chair, Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College of the City College of New York
Scott Gabriel, Viterbo University
Byrn (Boots) Quimby, University of Maryland, College Park
Julie Stanton, University of Georgia
Laura MacDonald, Hendrix College (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Ines Rauschenbach, Rutgers University (STF Fellow 2013-2014)
Veronica Segarra, High Point University (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Scott Tanner, Limestone College (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Rachel Horak, American Society for Microbiology
ASM Education Board Liaisons
Mary Sanchez Lanier, Washington State University (Chair, ASM Education Board)
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:
- Course design and assessment
- Student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement
- 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 2015 to April 2016
- Interested in careers that have a substantial teaching component at a non-doctoral institution
Upon acceptance into the program, fellows will be required to:
- Participate in six 60-minute webinars
- 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.