Department Objectives

Strategic Goals

  • Promote the scope and relevance of the microbiological sciences;
    The Society will provide effective communications both internally among the membership and externally to the public. Increasing knowledge of microbiology benefits society in general, and scientific research encourages young scientists to pursue careers in the microbiological sciences.
  • Enhance the Society’s leadership role in the international microbiological community;
    Continuous global changes require expanded international exchange of scientific information.  No country is isolated from the impact of global environmental change, and disease is found in the remotest parts of the world.  Microbiology  should strive to increase its international role as policy advisor and educator on matters that increase understanding of both the threats and opportunities posed by microbes.  Through systematic outreach initiatives,
  •  Develop new and enhance existing programs, products and services
    The range of constituencies served by microbiologists reflects a continual evolution of the biological disciplines.  For this reason the Society must constantly query its membership as it reevaluates the quality and relevance of its programs.  In meeting this challenge, we strive to offer the most effective platform for its services, including an increasing emphasis on electronic formats and distribution via the Internet.
  • Commit volunteer and staff resources to support the Society’s mission;
    we  thrive on the commitment of its volunteer members and professional staff to work in tandem to provide expeditious and effective responses to new opportunities and challenges. For the continued success of the organization, ASM is committed to the recruitment, training, and recognition of both volunteers and staff. 


  • Increase women and minority representation in the microbiological sciences at all levels.
    The future growth and success of microbiology as a profession and as the representative of that profession will depend significantly on increased representation of diverse populations in the profession and membership. Consistent with our stated mission, core values and vision of the future, all program units need to consider how we can increase diversity in Society programs, the microbiological sciences, and science in general.
  • Increase the professional opportunities for microbiologists at all educational and career levels;
    The microbiological sciences are changing significantly and rapidly as new scientific methods and approaches develop, and as economic and governmental policies change.  Microbiologists need training to keep abreast of these new areas and to remain competitive in their careers.  we committed to providing opportunities for its members to receive this needed training.
  • Educate individuals at all levels in the microbiological sciences. 
    To sustain microbiology as an academic discipline, we will commit resources to ensure that microbiology remains an essential component of the life sciences educational curriculum.   Further, as microbiology evolves, we will engage in the ongoing education of students from elementary and high school education through undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education to ensure a skilled workforce, a viable profession, and a continuing supply of microbiologists in the future.  In addition, we will engage in the education and professional development of individuals who educate these students.