Guide the Organization

ASM has several leadership bodies that support, promote and shape the future of the microbial sciences: Learn more about these bodies from ASM's governance documents

Open Positions

Currently Closed

Public and Scientific Affairs Committee (PSAC) Member
The Public and Scientific Affairs Committee has opened applications for the role of Member. PSAC Commmittee members work in strong partnership with ASM staff and the CEO to provide scientific and subject matter expertise to advocacy professionals. Through this collaboration and proficiency, the committee works to advance public policy in association with government officials—including legislators, key national decision-makers, and stakeholder organizations as needed.

Commitment:

  • Each Committee member serves a three-year term, renewable once. The committee has two yearly meetings, one in early spring and one in the fall, in conjunction with visits to Capitol Hill.  Additional correspondence is conducted by e-mail and conference calls, as needed, throughout the calendar year to address issues that arise between meetings of the full committee.
  • The PSAC Member serves for a minimum of three years with the possibility of performing a second, three-year term.
  • Committee Members are asked to review biweekly news updates and participate, when appropriate, in Advocacy Action Alerts; this will likely require approximately three hours every month. Members are asked at times to volunteer for ad hoc projects (document review, participation in briefings for ASM members or policymakers) that may require a longer time commitment.  

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • The primary mission of PSAC is to guide ASM's efforts to inform and influence public policy affecting the microbial sciences, clinical microbial sciences, and public health. Members of PSAC support the committee's mission through active communication and engagement with the policy process. This involves staying current with policy and organizational updates and participating in committee projects where applicable. Ideal committee members exhibit interest in public policy and the advancement of the profession, with an ability to provide perspective beyond their specific field of study. Members should have the ability to motivate and persuade others, a willingness to work in collaboration with other committee members and ASM staff, an aptitude for situational self-awareness, and an open mind to differing perspectives and opinions.
  • The committee meets semiannually. These meetings occur over the course of a single day, and they typically occur in March or April and in September or October.
  • PSAC holds occasional calls to update members on developments and activities. These calls are typically no longer than one to two hours.
  • Committee members are invited and empowered to provide their scientific expertise and share their professional experience wherever appropriate. This includes joining in ASM Hill Days and other meetings with legislators.

Eligibility:

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid their current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

The committee seeks to represent diverse scientific areas and career levels. Members must be able to think about public policy as it pertains to the microbiology and the various scientific disciplines that comprise the field.

Application/Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The Committee’s lead staff member and Committee Chair will review applications using a series of criteria created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics to rank the candidates. The Appointments Committee, which is chaired by the ASM President-Elect, then reviews the rankings and applications. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will be recommended to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The Appointments Committee, which is chaired by the ASM President-Elect, will review applications using a series of criteria to provide transparent metrics to rank the candidates.

Interested? Email advocacy@asmusa.org.


Ethics Committee Member
The Ethics Committee focuses on issues surrounding scientific, research, and professional misconduct. It oversees matters involving Members’ or Nonmember Affiliates’ noncompliance with the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. The Ethics Committee provides support to ASM programs to ensure that ethics concerns across the society are handled in a consistent manner. Further, the committee ensures that ASM is advised to the best ethics practices within the scientific community.

Commitment:

  • The Ethics Committee will meet at least once virtually or by conference call per year. The committee will also convene as needed to adjudicate Ethics cases.
  • Committee members serve for three years, renewable once.
  • ~ 15-25 hours annually.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • As directed by the ASM Board of Directors (BOD), the Committee will be the authoritative body in resolution of issues relating to science ethics, misconduct, and harassment. This Committee of the Board also ensure accountability for all Ethics matters.
  • The Ethics Committee will meet at least once virtually or by conference call per year. The committee will also convene as needed to adjudicate Ethics cases.
  • Review Ethics case materials, participate fully in case discussions, and follow up materials. Review annual Ethics Committee report.

Eligibility:

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application/Selection Process:

Constituents will fill out the online application. The Ethics Committee and Appointments Committee, which is chaired by the ASM President-Elect, will review applications using a series of criteria created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will be recommended to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The Appointments Committee, which is chaired by the ASM President-Elect, will review applications using a series of criteria in order to provide transparent metrics to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will be recommended to the Board of Directors for final approval.
 


 

Education Committee Chair (Deadline: February 18, 2022)
The Education Committee Chair must have an understanding of major ASM activities in the education and professional development area and an understating of ASM priorities and strategic plan. The Chair is a subject matter expert who works collaboratively and partners closely with the Education Director, the CEO, and staff. The Chair, together with the Education Director and the Committee, also serves a generative function by bringing ideas and innovation to best serve the needs of the community.

Commitment

The Education Chair position serves for a minimum of three years with the possibility of performing a second, three-year term. The Chair must have a strong commitment to and energy to support the Committee, its core mission; an understanding of and goals, and ensure effective distinctions between governance and management.

Responsibilities and Expectations 

As Chair, you must have a good understanding of major ASM activities in the education and professional development area and an understating of ASM priorities and strategic plan. The Chair is also a knowledgeable leader and subject matter expert in their field who works collaboratively and partners closely with the Education Director, the CEO, and staff, ensuring effective committee work in achieving the vision and the implementation of the ASM strategic plan in this area. The Chair, together with the Education Director and the Committee, also serves a generative function by bringing ideas and innovation to best serve the needs of the community.

The ASM Education Committee is responsible for developing educational initiatives within ASM to help scientists in the field grow and contribute to furthering the microbial sciences. In doing so, initiatives designed by the Education Committee will help ASM members advance their careers at all academic and professional levels leveraging current ASM resources. The Committee will also build and support networks into which members at all levels are fully engaged in professional development activities.

Experience and Skills

The Chair should ideally have the following experience and background:
  • Be an ASM member in "good standing" and demonstrate an interest in ASM and the microbial sciences. Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Be a team player, working collaboratively with staff and other volunteers, sharing their connections with other institutions, being a "thought partner" for the Education Director to help make a significant impact.
  • Will share expertise and connections being an asset for ASM to help navigate funding opportunities to support educational activities.
  • Has significant, senior-level experience and is recognized within the educational space as a leader, having a proven track record of engagement at the university, State, or Federal level in helping shape educational opportunities and programs.
  • Integrity and confidentiality, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to the ASM mission to further educate the microbial sciences.
  • Are a positive, constructive, forward-looking leader and thinker who approaches situations in a "why not?" rather than in a "why?" mentality. They look forward, not backward, and help build what will be needed for future microbiology leaders.

Skills include:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Team player
  • Understands how associations, and ASM in particular, works
  • Understands their roles and responsibilities and that of staff
  • Relationship building and communications and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness, tact, and diplomacy
  • Integrity
  • Initiative and ensuring decisions are taken and followed up
  • Sound decision-making ability, good timekeeping
  • Commitment to open and honest communication
  • Confidentiality on sensitive matters and where needed
     

Eligibility 

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics. ASM membership is required. 

Application Process 

Constituents will fill out the online application. The Appointments Committee, which is chaired by the ASM President-Elect, will review applications using a series of criteria created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will be recommended to the Board of Directors for final approval.

 




Inclusive Diversity With Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA) Committee Member (Deadline: Oct. 15, 2021)
The Inclusive Diversity With Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA) Committee guides the strategic direction of the society on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues, recommending to the Board of Directors the most optimal structure for DEI activities, and helping coordinate activities across the organization at a strategic level. The IDEAA Committee is also the organization’s instrument to ensure accountability and commitment to the issue.

Commitment

  • One-, 2- and 3-year terms beginning in Jan. 2022.
  • 4-6 hours per quarter for members, 6-12 hours per quarter for the chair.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Attend quarterly meetings virtually or by conference call; may be required to meet more frequently as needed.

Eligibility

  • Must be an ASM member and demonstrate interest in ASM and its programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); understanding of social justice, the dynamics of power and privilege and social identities.
  • Proven skills and experience in IDEAA/DEI initiatives.
  • See additional requirements and attributed in the IDEAA Committee success profile.

Application and Selection Process

  • Applicants are rank with consideration to the requirements in the success profile in conjunction with the applicant’s CV.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Appointments Committee. The Appointments Committee recommends candidates and submits them to the Board for approval.

President-Elect/President (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)
The President-Elect provides secondary leadership for the Society, substitutes for the President when needed, and prepares to serve as President. As President, the function is of Chairing the Board, providing leadership in partnership with the CEO; is also an ex-officio member of COMS and serves as Chair of the Executive Committee. View the full position description, including descriptions for President and Past President. 

Commitment

The President-Elect serves a single one-year term and continues to the role of President for one year, and after that to the position of Past-President, performing a total of three years of service for the Board. The entirety of the Board of Directors meets three times annually.

The President-Elect role provides an extraordinary opportunity to transition to leadership and prepare in advance for effective governance and transition. In addition, the Board President and Past President will ensure a clear understanding of board leadership's expectations as this will be critical when it comes to the Board's overall culture and continued engagement. A commitment to ASM and willingness to represent and promote the Society without regard to professional discipline, practice, or interest and to put the Society's interests first without regard to professional discipline, practice, or interest is needed.

Responsibilities and Expectations

The President-Elect shall assist the President, shall be a voting member of the BOD and an ex officio, nonvoting member of the COMS, and a member of the Executive Committee, and shall substitute for the President in the absence of the President. Serving as the President-Elect generally offers support for the Board President and other leadership when needed. In addition, the President-Elect plays a pivotal role in understanding Board dynamics, governance, and leadership, learning from those with experience, and being available to step up when needed.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing." A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid their current dues or is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. In addition, a Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will be asked to complete a series of interviews with members of the Nominating Committee. The results of the interviews will form the slate to be approved by the Board of Directors.


At-Large Board Director (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)
At-Large Board Directors provide strategic direction to the Society. The Board of Directors brings ASM's mission to life by setting and approving the vision for the Society. The Board also is ultimately responsible for approving all legal, financial, and governance matters. View full position description.

Commitment

At-Large Board Directors shall be elected for a three-year term. Directors may serve two, three-year terms unless they are elected to be an Officer of the Society.

At-Large Board Directors must ensure that ASM activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission of promoting and advancing microbial sciences; recognizing and disclosing conflicts of interest; making decisions that are solely in the best interest of ASM and not of any particular group or individual and to "protect and serve" the organization. It is important to note that no Director on the Board represents specific constituencies, rather the whole Society. Based on the DC Code of Law, Directors must abide by the legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience pertaining to their role as Directors of ASM.

Responsibilities and Expectations

Based on the DC Code of Law, Directors must abide by the legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience pertaining to their role as Directors of ASM. As fiduciaries, each Director has basic responsibilities that derive from these duties, including the following: to support the mission and purpose of ASM and to abide by its policies; to be diligent in attending, preparing for, and participating in Board meetings and related activities on behalf of ASM; to ensure that the financial affairs of ASM are, to the best of the Board member's knowledge, managed responsibly and prudently; to always act in good faith and in the best interests of ASM and not in the interest of a specific constituency, interest group, or individual; and to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive, privileged, or proprietary information obtained because of Board service.

At-Large Board Directors are expected to attend all in-person and virtual meetings and phone calls. The Board of Directors will meet three times a year, in March, June and December. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting In total, it is an expected time commitment of ~ 9-10 days out of office per year (or more) and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings as needed. Please note that all in-person meetings have been suspended until the end of 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols.

At-Large Board Directors may be asked to attend additional calls throughout the year as needed. At-Large Board Directors are expected to participate in the ASM annual meeting and other working groups or events that may require their presence. Please note that all in-person meetings have been suspended until the end of 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will form the slate.


COMS Vice Chair (Interim) (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)

The COMS Vice-Chair is second on the Councilor member list, with the Chair being the first. He/she/they perform the Chair's duties in the absence of the current Chair, and de facto is the next in line to take the chair position (officially pending bylaws changes.) This role will serve at an interim level, vacating the role on June 30, 2022. View full position description.

Commitment

This role serves at an interim level, vacating the role on June 30, 2022. 

A strong commitment and energy to support COMS and its core mission; a clear understanding of COMS goals, function, and scope, and the distinctions between providing scientific advice vs. managing programs. Is committed to working in partnership with the COMS Chair, ASM President, and CEO to ensure maximum effectiveness of COMS outcomes.

Responsibilities and Expectations

As Vice-Chair, the individual is recognized for their scientific achievements and shares their expertise, vision, and strategies for the microbial sciences in a trusted forum where individual members relate knowledge and expertise for advising on scientific projects and initiatives for the Society. The Vice-Chair brings their expertise and focuses on a vision for the future of microbial sciences where the vision for the future of the field exchange of scientific information and networking can lead to a real impact on future programs of the Society. In addition, the Vice-Chair helps the Chair guide COMS Councilors, contributes to the science and ASM's Program of Work, and serves as a key advisor and subject matter expert to the Board and ASM leadership.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will form the slate.


COMS Vice Chair/Chair (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)

The COMS Vice-Chair is second on the Councilor member list, with the Chair being the first. He/she/they perform the Chair's duties in the absence of the current Chair, and de facto is the next in line to take the chair position (officially pending bylaws changes). View the full position description, including descriptions for Vice Chair and Chair.

Commitment

The COMS Vice-Chair serves a single one-year term and continues to the role of Chair for another one-year term, performing a total of two years of service for the Council. The entirety of COMS meets once annually and at other times and places as is deemed necessary.

A strong commitment and energy to support COMS and its core mission; a clear understanding of COMS goals, function, and scope, and the distinctions between providing scientific advice vs. managing programs. Is committed to working in partnership with the COMS Chair, ASM President, and CEO to ensure maximum effectiveness of COMS outcomes.

Responsibilities and Expectations

As Vice-Chair, the individual is recognized for their scientific achievements and shares their expertise, vision, and strategies for the microbial sciences in a trusted forum where individual members relate knowledge and expertise for advising on scientific projects and initiatives for the Society. The Vice-Chair brings their expertise and focuses on a vision for the future of microbial sciences where the vision for the future of the field exchange of scientific information and networking can lead to a real impact on future programs of the Society. In addition, the Vice-Chair helps the Chair guide COMS Councilors, contributes to the science and ASM's Program of Work, and serves as a key advisor and subject matter expert to the Board and ASM leadership.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will form the slate.


COMS At-Large Councilor (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)

Working in partnership with the President, the CEO, and staff assigned by the CEO to liaise with COMS, COMS keeps a pulse on new developments in microbial sciences and helps develop innovative ways to move the field and ASM forward. View full position description.

Commitment

The COMS At-Large position serves for a minimum of three years with the possibility of performing a second term. The entirety of COMS meets once annually and at other times and places as is deemed necessary.

COMS At-large members are recognized leaders for their scientific achievements, sharing their expertise, vision, and strategies for the microbial sciences in a trusted forum where individual members relate knowledge and expertise for advising on scientific projects and initiatives for the Society.

Responsibilities and Expectations

COMS supports ASM through the following: advising on scientific priorities for the Society, mainly through activities in the eight scientific communities; identifying upcoming opportunities in the microbial sciences; and identifying scientific trends to inform the leadership with the aim of ensuring effective scientific programs and activities.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will form the slate.


COMS Division Interdisciplinary Councilor (Deadline: Jan. 16, 2022)

The position of Division Interdisciplinary Councilor provides a balance of diversity, representation, and wider latitude among the At-Large Councilors, Branch Councilors, Program Committee Councilors, and Division Councilors, which represent the four additional governance arms that compose the Council on Microbial Sciences. View full position description.

Commitment

The COMS Division Interdisciplinary Councilor position serves for a minimum of three years with the possibility of performing a second term. The entirety of COMS meets once annually and at other times and places as is deemed necessary.

The role of the Councilor is key in providing strong scientific leadership and strategic guidance in an advisory role to the Board and the ASM leadership. The Councilor fulfills several interrelated roles as the leader, and stakeholder liaison, actively identifying and evaluating the impact of emerging scientific issues.

Responsibilities and Expectations

The Division Interdisciplinary Councilor is someone with exceptional scientific credentials, recognized as a leader in the broad microbial sciences, not just in a specific sub-discipline. The Division Interdisciplinary Councilor provides broad perspectives on the future of microbial sciences and can focus on big picture/high impact issues. The Division Interdisciplinary Councilor brings gravitas because of their scientific credentials and visibility in the microbial sciences. They need to mobilize effectively in their community the volunteer resources, drive discussions on ASM Connect, provide input in community retreats, keep the pulse on trends in science, and help the eight communities focus on such trends. The role must effectively scan the environment to ensure members’ diverse views are duly considered, enabling, encouraging, and promoting deeper perspectives.

Eligibility

The incumbent must be an ASM member in "good standing.” A Member in Good Standing is defined as any member who has paid his or her current dues or who is designated as a certified Global Outreach, Emeritus, or Honorary member. A Member in Good Standing, including dues-paying and honorific Academy Fellows, must further abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Constituents will fill out the online application. The applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. A series of criteria has been created by a third party in order to provide transparent metrics. The Nominating Committee will review applications in conjunction with these metrics in order to rank the candidates. The candidates that receive the highest ranks will form the slate.