Microbiology has a relatively brief history where significant discoveries are often linked with major events in human history - from disease outbreak to industrialization to climate change. The founders of key microbiological principles span across continents, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status. However, the portrait described in many introductory textbooks center around a lone, typically white male scientist. Such narratives not only are misleading regarding the development of key principles in microbiology but can also reinforce inappropriate stereotypes as to whom belongs in microbiology. In our introductory microbiology course, we designed group work for Zoom break-out rooms to help engage students in the online environment. Here we reflect upon the benefits of this activity in enhancing not only the experience for our students but also that of the instructors.
Mikucki, Jill A. and Fozo, Elizabeth
"Exploring representation in Microbiology introductory courses can encourage a more inclusive and inspiring environment for students and instructors,"
Feminist Pedagogy: Vol. 4:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/feministpedagogy/vol4/iss2/9