About the Committee

ASCB members play a critical role in training the next generation of scientists. As a scientific community, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students and junior colleagues are agile thinkers and effective problem solvers who reflect the diversity of today’s world. Achieving this vision requires approaching education from a scientific perspective. To this end, the Education Committee aims to support current and future cell biologists in thoughtfully employing evidence-based teaching and mentoring practices with the ultimate goals of improving student learning, retention, diversity, and success in the sciences and preparing young scientists to pursue diverse career paths.

The committee uses the following strategies to achieve this vision:

  • Offering practical, tailored, and directly applicable programming that is informed by research on student learning, development, inclusion, and success.
  • Working collaboratively with other ASCB committees and initiatives to support widespread use of effective teaching and mentoring strategies (active learning, assessment, equitable and inclusive teaching) and to design programming based on research on effective and inclusive professional development.
  • Expanding support, resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support cell biologists across all career levels and stages interested in education-related careers.
  • Developing educational programming for cell biologists to take place both at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting and beyond to better serve the full range of cell biologists.
  • Advocating for education to continue as a priority, both within ASCB and beyond.

News from the Education Committee


The committee organizes professional development sessions at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting, manages online CV/resume and cover letter review, administers grant-funded mentored teaching programs (in collaboration with other stakeholders), and reviews travel award applications. In alignment with the ASCB strategic plan, the committee has developed a robust set of year-round resources as well as professional development workshops at a regional level. The committee works in close coordination with the Society’s education journal, CBE – Life Sciences Education (LSE).

Signature Programs


Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to the following ASCB membership categories: regular, educator, postdoc, and graduate student. The committee strives for both institutional and geographic diversity. Full members serve three-year terms renewable one time. New members serve one year as Associate members before being considered as full members. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

Members participate in conference calls throughout the year and one meeting held during the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Subcommittees, task forces, and grant stakeholders conduct business through emails and conference calls as needed.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for membership should submit a CV and a one-page statement of interest that includes specific educational areas of expertise and interest, including experience with the principles of scientific teaching (i.e., active learning, assessment, and equity and inclusion). Applications are considered in the fall. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

The 2020 application period is now closed.

Staff Contact Info

Thea Clarke, Director of Communications and Education