ASM sponsors a Conference for Undergraduate Educators (AMSCUE) that is attended by over 300 people every year. Having been there several times, I can attest to the quality and usefulness of this meeting. This four day conference is designed to serve one of the pillars of the microbiological community, those who teach our science to large numbers of undergrads. Given the excitement of the microbial world, one would expect that the material would teach itself. This is true, but sharing experiences and techniques, not to mention travails and joys, has proven invaluable for those in attendance. It is an enriching experience for those teaching at large and small institutions alike.
This year, ASMCUE takes place on May 28-31 at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. For more information, check for AMSCUE video clips on YouTube.
Oh, and if you do attend, please share with others your classroom experiences using this blog and its "Teachers Corner." And do let us know. I'll be in Russia at the time, thus won't be able to attend this year.