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

There are currently no open positions in ASM leadership.

Currently Closed

COMS-Elected Board Directors
COMS-Elected Board Directors are recognized leaders for their scientific achievements, sharing their expertise, vision and strategies for the microbial sciences. As members of the Board of Directors, COMS-Elected 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 and making decisions that are in the best interest of the “whole of ASM.”  View the  full position description.  

Commitment

COMS-Elected Board Directors are elected for a 3-year term. COMS-Elected Board Directors may serve 2, 3-year terms, unless they are elected to be an Officer of the Society. There are a total of 2 COMS-Elected seats on the Board of Directors.  The entirety of the Board of Directors meets 3 times annually. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

COMS-Elected Board Directors have basic responsibilities, including  supporting the mission and purpose of ASM and abiding by its policies; being diligent in attending, preparing for  and participating in Board meetings, and related activities, on behalf of ASM; ensuring  that the financial affairs of ASM are, to the best of the Board member's knowledge, managed responsibly and prudently;  always acting in good faith, and in the best interests of ASM, and not in the interest of a specific constituency, interest group or individual; and  maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive, privileged  or proprietary information obtained because of Board service. 
 
They also have senior-level experience and recognition within the professional and/or scientific communities, effective leadership, diplomacy, communication, strategic skills; demonstrated professional competency and a strong commitment to the ASM mission to protect the scientific interest. 
 
COMS-Elected Board Directors are expected to attend all in-person and virtual meetings and phone calls for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet 3 times a year. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting. In total, it is an expected time commitment of approximately 9-10 days out-of-office per year (or more), and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings as needed.  
 
COMS-Elected Board Directors are expected to participate in the ASM annual meeting and other working groups or events that may require their presence.  

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the COMS membership.


President-Elect/President
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. The President 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, as well as the President-Elect.  

Commitment

The President-Elect serves a single 1-year term and continues to the role of President for 1 year, and after that to the position of Past-President, performing a total of 3 years of service for the Board. The entirety of the Board of Directors meets 3 times annually.  
 
The President-Elect role provides an extraordinary opportunity to transition to leadership and prepare in advance for effective governance. 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 is needed. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

The President-Elect shall assist the President, shall be a voting member of the BOD and an ex officio, non-voting member of the COMS,  a member of the Executive and Appointments Committees 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. 
 
The President-Elect is expected to attend all in-person and virtual meetings and phone calls for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet 3 times a year. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting. In total, it is an expected time commitment of approximately 9-10 days out-of-office per year (or more), and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings as needed.  
 
The President-Elect is expected to participate in the ASM annual meeting and other working groups or events that may require their presence.  

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership. ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election.


COMS Vice Chair/Chair

The COMS Vice-Chair is second on the councilor member list, with the Chair being the first. 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 1-year term and continues to the role of Chair for another 1-year term, performing a total of 2 years of service for the Council. The entirety of COMS meets once annually, and at other times and places, as is deemed necessary. 
 
The COMS Vice-Chair has a clear understanding of COMS function and scope that helps identify and anticipate the direction of the microbial sciences and provide that advice and input to the Board of Directors. 

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. 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 subject matter expert to the Board and ASM leadership. 

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the COMS membership.


Treasurer
The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing all moneys and valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Society and for overseeing full and accurate accounting of receipts and disbursement. The Treasurer provides to the Board of Directors at its regular meetings, or when the Board of Directors so requires, reports on the financial status of the Society.  View the  full position description.  

Commitment

The Treasurer is selected for a 3-year term and may serve a second 3-year term, as the result of a second election, in which the applicant can run unopposed, if the Nominating Committee and the Board so choose.  The entirety of the Board of Directors meets 3 times annually. 
 
The Treasurer is a high honor and privilege, but one that carries with it a serious responsibility to carry the interests of ASM, its members  and stakeholders, and to accomplish the Society's mission. The Treasurer must conduct ASM business and perform the duties of the position in an exemplary fashion. Like all Board members, the Treasurer must abide by legal duties, as defined in the DC Law—the duties of care, loyalty  and obedience. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

The Treasurer has basic responsibilities, which include  supporting the mission and purpose of ASM, and to abide by its policies;  be diligent in attending, preparing for  and participating in Board meetings, and related activities, on behalf of ASM;  ensure  that the financial affairs of ASM are, to the best of the Board member's knowledge, managed responsibly and prudently; 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  maintain  the confidentiality of sensitive, privileged  or proprietary information obtained because of Board service. 
 
The Treasurer shall be a voting member of the BOD and an ex officio, non-voting member of the COMS,  a member of the Executive Committee, and is Chair of the Finance Committee and Investment Subcommittee. 
 
The Treasurer is expected to attend all in-person and virtual meetings and phone calls for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet 3 times a year. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting. In total, it is an expected time commitment of approximately 9-10 days out-of-office per year (or more), and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings as needed.  
 
The Treasurer is expected to participate in the ASM annual meeting and other working groups or events that may require their presence.  
 
It is highly desirable that the Treasurer has significant experience within the ASM governance, is familiar with ASM strategic plan, governance structure and decision-making processes, as well senior-level experience and recognition within the professional and/or scientific community. Desirable skills include diplomacy, effective communications  and strategic thinking. 

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership. ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election.


Secretary
The Secretary assists the President and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Secretary oversees the accurate and faithful recording of the minutes of all meetings of the Board and of the meetings of the membership. The Secretary is also responsible for coordinating the CEO’s annual performance review, which is carried out by the Executive Committee of the Board. The Secretary also provides continuity of service and experience among the volunteer officers, and works closely with the CEO to ensure timely appointments of volunteer to various committees, and ensure transmittal to ASM archives of records of archival or historical value. The Secretary serves as a resource for information on the Society’s bylaws and adherence to policies and procedures of the Society and Board. View the  full position description.  

Commitment

The Secretary is selected for a 3-year term and may serve a second 3-year term, as the result of a second election, in which the applicant can run unopposed, if the Nominating Committee and the Board so choose.  The entirety of the Board of Directors meets 3 times annually. 
 
The Secretary should conduct themselves and perform their duties in an exemplary fashion, commensurate with the position of leadership they cover. In addition, like all Board members, the Secretary abides to key legal duties, as defined in the DC Law—the duties of care, loyalty  and obedience. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

The  Secretary has basic responsibilities, which include  supporting the mission and purpose of ASM and abiding by its policies;  being diligent in attending, preparing for  and participating in Board meetings and related activities on behalf of ASM;  ensuring that the financial affairs of ASM are, to the best of the Board member's knowledge, managed responsibly and prudently; always act ing in good faith and in the best interests of ASM, and not in the interest of a specific constituency, interest group  or individual; and  maintain ing the confidentiality of sensitive, privileged  or proprietary information obtained because of Board service. 
 
The Secretary shall be a voting member of the BOD and an ex officio, non-voting member of the COMS, and is a member of the Executive Committee. 
 
The Secretary is expected to attend all in-person and virtual meetings and phone calls for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet 3 times a year. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting. In total, it is an expected time commitment of approximately 9-10 days out-of-office per year (or more), and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings as needed.  
 
The Secretary is expected to participate in the ASM annual meeting and other working groups or events that may require their presence.  
 
It is highly desirable that the Secretary has significant experience within the ASM governance, and is familiar with ASM strategic plan, governance structure and decision-making processes. They also have senior-level experience and recognition within the professional and/or scientific communities, effective leadership, diplomacy, communication, strategic skills; demonstrated professional competency; and a strong commitment to the ASM mission to protect the scientific interest. 

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership. ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election.


COMS At-Large Councilor

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. View the  full position description. 

Commitment

The COMS At-Large position serves for a minimum of 3 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 and 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 by identifying scientific trends within the microbial sciences to inform the leadership, with the aim of ensuring effective scientific programs and activities, mainly through activities in the 8 scientific communities, and identifying upcoming opportunities within the microbial sciences. 

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership. ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election.


At-Large Board Director
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 the  full position description. 

Commitment

At-Large Board Directors shall be elected for a 3-year term. Directors may serve 2, 3-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 committing 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 DC Law, Directors must abide by the legal duties of care, loyalty  and obedience, pertaining to their role as Directors of ASM. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

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 for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will meet 3 times a year. The June meeting runs in conjunction with the ASM Microbe meeting. In total, it is an expected time commitment of approximately 9-10 days out-of-office per year (or more), and additional time spent for official calls and virtual/in-person meetings 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.  

Eligibility

The applicant 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, and must abide by the Society's Code of Ethics.  

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must complete the online application. Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the ASM Past President. Candidates may be asked to hold an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership. ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election. 


Education Subcommittee Members

The ASM Education Committee aims to (i) promote access, excellence, mentoring, professional development and advancement in microbial sciences education; (ii) promote community among microbial sciences students, postdoctoral scientists, educators, researchers and practitioners; and (iii) lead microbial sciences education worldwide.

ASM is inviting applicants to serve on any of the 3 subcommittees listed below. The subcommittees provide leadership, guidance and support to ASM programs for undergraduate educators, trainees from minoritized backgrounds, postdoctoral women and graduate and postdoctoral trainees.

​Subcommittee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Aims to:

  • Promote excellence in research and teaching in graduate and postdoctoral microbiology education. 
  • Ensure a broader inclusion of diverse scientists in graduate and postdoctoral education. 
  • Enhance accesss to the wide range of career opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. 

Subcommittee on Undergraduate Education Aims to: 

  • Provide leadership in undergraduate education. 
  • Provide student and faculty professional development opportunities. 
  • Develop and disseminate resources for undergraduate microbiology education. 
  • Encourage communities and partnerships in microbiology education. 

Subcommittee on Minority Education Aims to Increase the Participation of Underrepresented Groups in All Aspects of Microbiology by: 

  • Promoting access, excellence, professional development and advancement of underrepresented groups at all levels in the scientific enterprise of microbiology. 
  • Enhancing and supporting the community of underrepresented microbiology educators and professionals. 
  • Developing and promoting education leadership in the profession at ASM. 

Commitment, Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Members of subcommittees will be active participants in educational programs and initiatives. 
  • Committee members will be expected to attend strategic planning meetings during their tenure.
    • Members of subcommitteess will meet at least twice virtually per year.  
  • Committee members will serve a 3-year term, renewable once. 
  • Committee members are expected to propose, guide and review ASM education programs under the purview of the subcommittee. 
  • Committee members will also be involved in reviewing the annual Education Committee report. 
  • Committee members should expect a minimum of 20 hours annual commitment. 

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 and Selection Process 

The online application closed on Sept. 15, 2022.

The ASM Director of Education, Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee will review applications and collectively make a decision. The voting body for this position is the ASM membership.  ASM members must be in good standing to be eligible for voting in the election

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
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
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.

COMS Vice Chair (Interim)

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 Division Interdisciplinary Councilor

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.


Board of Directors, President-Elect

The president-elect provides secondary leadership for the Society, substitutes for the president when needed and prepares to serve as president.

Commitment

  • 3 years total.
    • 1 year beginning July 1 following the election as President-Elect of the Board of Directors.
    • Automatically advance to 1-year term as President of the Board of Directors (non-renewable).
    • Final 1-year term as Past President of the Board of Directors (non-renewable).
  • [time commitment per month?]

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Voting member of the Board of Directors.
  • Ex officio, non-voting member of the Council on Microbial Sciences.
  • Assist the president and substitute for the president in the absence of the president. The president-elect shall take precedence over the past president in substituting for the president.
  • Other roles of the president-elect include reviewing the performance of the various BOD standing committee and program committee chairs, holding the role of chair for the Appointments Committee and holding the role of chair for ad hoc committees as requested by the BOD. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Board members are required to be members of the Society in good standing.

Nomination and Election Process


Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Committee Member
​The Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Committee (CPHMC) works with ASM colleagues to advance and promote the practice of clinical and public health microbiology. 

Commitment

  • 3 years.
  • 1-3 hours per month. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Actively participate in committee discussions. 
  • Participate in surveys. 
  • Respond to requests for information
  • Share information about committee activities with ASM members.
  • All work is conducted virtually. 

Eligibility 

  • Must be an ASM member.
  • Must be a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory director.

Application Process

  • Applications are not being accepted at this time. 

COMS Division Interdisciplinary Councilor
COMS Division Interdisciplinary Councilors are leaders in the microbial sciences with broad views on the future of microbial sciences, not just of a specific subdiscipline. They act at a strategic (not tactical) level, have a passion for envisioning the future of science and the profession of microbiology, and want to help determine what programs are necessary to meet the needs of the field.

Commitment

  • 3-year term, eligible for up to 2 terms.
  • [time commitment per month?]

Responsibilities and Expectations

Eligibility Requirements

  •  Councilors are required to be members of the Society in good standing.

Nomination and Election Process


COMS Vice Chair
The Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) Vice Chair of works in partnership with the COMS Chair to advise the Board of Directors and support ASM’s mission to advance the microbial sciences. They are also tasked with linking the membership to ASM leadership and scanning the environment.

Commitment

  • 2-year total commitment.
    • 1 year as COMS Vice Chair.
    • Automatically advance to 1-year term as COMS Chair.
  • [time commitment per month?]

Responsibilities and Expectations

Eligibility Requirements

  •  Councilors are required to be members of the Society in good standing.

Nomination and Election Process