Get Started With Evidence-Based Teaching

Webinar Schedule: January - April 2019
The Best Practices in Curriculum Design, Teaching and Assessment course prepares you for science teaching positions at a variety of nondoctoral institutions – community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions. The course is based on ASM’s Science Teaching Fellows Program.
You will learn how to:

  • Implement best practices in curriculum development, such as backward design.
  • Use active learning strategies in the classroom.
  • Identify tools, resources, and connections to enhance classroom practices.
  • Develop skill sets that make you a stronger applicant when applying for academic positions


To be eligible you must be a graduate student, postdoc or early-career scientist/faculty, transitioning to teaching who is:
  • Studying, conducting research or teaching in the microbiological and related sciences.
  • Willing to commit time and resources to participate in course activities from January to April 2019.
  • Interested in careers that have a substantial teaching component.

Registration Details

ASM Member Discount: $299

Full Price: $349
Become an ASM member.
All members except for Supporting Members qualify for discounted rates.
Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.

Benefits & Recognition

If you complete 90% of course assignments, you will receive a(n):


In the program, you are strongly encouraged to:
  • Participate in six 2-hour webinars. The first hour is a live lecture and the second hour is small group discussions with mentors. Only the first hour of each session is recorded.
  • Complete pre- and post-webinar assignments.
  • Join an online community of participants, mentors and facilitators to connect with and share readings and resources.
  • Provide feedback via surveys for a maximum of 24 months.

Course Leader

Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College


Ramaydalis Keddis, Rutgers University
Laura MacDonald, Hendrix College (STF Fellow 2012-2013)
Scott Tanner, Clemson University
Ines Rauschenbach, Rutgers University (STF Fellow 2013-2014)
Jordan Steel, US Air Force Academy  (STF Fellow 2012-2013)


Note: Assignments will accompany each webinar and you will share your responses on a course site. 

Welcome & Onboarding   January 9, 2019
Webinar #1 – Learning for All:  The Practice of Inclusive Teaching
Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island January 30, 2019
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar #2 – Curriculum Design, Part 1

Laura MacDonald, Hendrix College February 13, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar #3 – Curriculum Design, Part 2

Laura MacDonald, Hendrix College February 27, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar #4 – Active Learning Principles & Practice, Part 1 Scott Gabriel, Viterbo University March 13, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
 Webinar #5 – Active Learning Principles & Practice, Part 2 John Buchner, University of Maryland March 27, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar #6 – Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement: Documenting Your Perspective on Teaching and Learning Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College April 10, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET


Sponsored by ASM Education Committee and Sub-Committee on Undergraduate Education.

Contact Information

Claire Wilson, ASM Education Specialist,