Asm BIOLOGY SCHOLARS writing and publishing COURSE


About the BSP Writing and Publishing Course


» Application Period: January 15, 2016 – March 1, 2016
» Assessment Course: July 19-21, 2016 | North Bethesda, MD

"I really enjoyed the small size of the group. The facilitators are excellent – I appreciate their expertise and helpfulness! I truly felt as if they want to help me be successful in publishing our SoTL work." – 2011 Transitions Scholar

2015 Writing and Publishing Course Steering Committee
Marcy Kelly, Pace University, New York, NY
Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE), American Society for Microbiology
Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
Advances in Physiology Education, American Physiological Society
Elisa Stone, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
CBE-Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE), American Society for Cell Biology

The Writing and Publishing course seeks biologists who are studying learning in classrooms, ready to share their preliminary results, and ready to evaluate whether their work is ready for publication. Competitive applicants should have initiated their research, collected preliminary data, conducted preliminary analysis of their data, and possibly presented their work to colleagues on campus, virtually, or at regional and national meetings. In addition, individuals who have submitted a biology education research manuscript unsuccessfully are encouraged to apply.

The Writing and Publishing course is comprised of key training components including several online pre-assignments, a three-day face-to-face meeting, specialized peer mentoring, and post-course follow-up.

Course Goals

The overall goals of the Writing and Publishing course are to:

• Publish research on teaching and learning in biology
• Identify collaborators for national and international STEM studies
• Create a community of practitioners that contribute to our understanding about teaching and learning

The face-to-face meeting of Writing and Publishing Scholars is the From Science Education Research to Publication Institute, a three-day training session held in the summer just before the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; located at the same hotel). The face-to-face meeting has its own unique set of goals:

• Identify the developmental stage of scholarship of teaching and learning work (e.g., preliminary vs. complete) and, if still in development, determine additional steps required for publication
• Develop a plan for additional data collection and analysis if needed
• Situate work in the context of the field
• Identify and select appropriate journals and online venues for submission of manuscripts
• Understand guidelines for preparing manuscripts and assigning authorship
• Develop a plan to implement additional steps required for writing and manuscript submission
• Foster networks to sustain improvements in teaching and learning

The course organizers have compiled a collection of articles and resources for Writing and Publishing Scholars, which will be used during the Institute and in follow-up assignments. Consider reviewing the research and progress made in the field of scholarship and teaching before applying.


Once accepted, Writing and Publishing Scholars immediately begin working on online pre-assignments and readings intended to prepare them for their work during the face-to-face Institute.  Prospective candidates should review the proposed 2016 syllabus below and plan accordingly.