‚ÄčThe American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. The mission of the Academy is to recognize microbiologists for outstanding contributions to microbial sciences and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. To fulfill its mission, the Academy consists of multiple leadership positions divided into the Academy Governors and 3 distinct subcommittees: (1) the Academy Leadership Nominating Subcommittee, (2) the Subcommittee on Elections and (3) the Subcommittee on Awards.

Starting in 2021, the Academy is opening a call for volunteers for leadership positions to promote transparency and inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability in Academy leadership. The following Academy governance positions are open for nominations:

  • Academy Governors who set the Academy’s strategic direction, elect Fellows to the Academy, develop new topics for colloquia and establish new programs and initiatives consistent with its overall mission.
  • Subcommittee on Elections who examines the credentials of nominees to Fellowship and makes election recommendations to the Governors.
The Academy Leadership Nominating Subcommittee will oversee the leadership nomination and election process to ensure qualified candidates stand for election each year that represent the diverse expertise, demographics and experiences of the Academy.

Process and Timeline

Fellows in good standing are encouraged to submit an application for open Academy Leadership positions. The Academy Leadership Nominating Subcommittee will review all applications and select a slate of candidates for the 2022 general Academy election. Elected candidates will be announced on March 15, 2022, and begin their term on July 1, 2022.
Timeline of Academy Leadership Nomination and Election. Call for Volunteers July 1-31.  Candidates are Reviewed Aug.-Oct. Candidates are Invited Nov.-Dec. Elections Open Jan. 15-March 1.
Timeline of Academy Leadership Nomination and Election. Call for Volunteers July 1-31. Candidates are Reviewed Aug.-Oct. Candidates are Invited Nov.-Dec. Elections Open Jan. 15-March 1. New Academy Leadership is Announced March 15.
Open Governors Positions
Academy Governors participate in the annual Governors’ meeting & review of Academy Fellowship nominations (typically held in late Jan.), annual meeting of ASM Fellows at ASM Microbe and quarterly conference calls.
  • 1 opening from Divsion Group 1
  • 1 opening from any Division Group for Governor Chair-elect*
*This position is a non-voting postion to prepare to serve as Chair of Governors the following year.
Open Subcommittee on Elections Positions
Subcommittee on Elections members participate in the annual Academy Fellowship nominations review in the fall and conference call (typically held in Nov.). Members are expected to commit approximately 6 to 8 hours to Subcommittee activities during the review period.
  • 2 openings from Division Group 1
  • 3 openings from Division Group 2
  • 1 opening from Division Group 3
  • 3 openings from Division Group 4

Frequently Asked Questions

Call for Volunteers Process
How is this process different than previous years?

In the past, fellows did not have the opportunity to apply to be considered to stand for election. This change will hopefully increase the transparency, access and inclusive diversity of the Academy leadership. 

How do I apply?

All fellows in good standing will receive an email message with a link to an application form on July 1, 2021. If you did not receive this message, it may mean you have not paid your Academy and ASM dues for the current year. If you are not sure about your Academy membership status, contact service@asmusa.org.

Why should I apply?

Academy leadership sets the Academy's strategic plan, and should include the voices of fellows from diverse fields, expertise and backgrounds. Applying for leadership positions is an opportunity to make your voice heard and shape the future of the Academy. 

Can I nominate my colleagues?

No, that is not allowed. However, if you think your fellow colleagues would be a good fit for a position, please encourage them to apply. 

I work in industry. Am I eligible for Academy leadership?

Microbiologists in all sectors can be considered. Diversity in expertise, sector and background is essential for Academy leadership.

Nomination Criteria
What are the review criteria?
  • Leadership potential
  • Commitment to service to the microbial science community and ASM & the Academy
  • Commitment to promote, embrace and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion
What is the eligibility to stand for Academy leadership election?
  • Fellow in good standing
  • Must agree to submit information about your demographic information (i.e. gender/race /expertise/ discipline and geographic location)
Why does ASM ask for the demographic information? How do I ensure my data is safe and does not work against me?

ASM embraces the concept of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Thus, we want to know how we are making progress in ensuring that historically underrepresented groups have access to leadership positions. This information will allow the Academy to track its progress supporting and promoting inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability. Your data will not be shared with any third party and will not be used in any part of the decision-making process.

What are Division Groups? How do I find my Division Group?

Division Groups are based on your scientific area of interest. You can find and update your Primary & Secondary Division Group on your ASM account under "My Scientific Divisions."