Professor Completes the American Society for Microbiology Scholar in Residence Program

Cynthia Cooper, professor of biology, was recognized at the American Society of Microbiology’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators for successfully completing a yearlong residency program to improve student learning in the microbiological sciences. The program brings together outstanding faculty committed to investigating and documenting significant issues and challenges in the teaching of microbiology. Cooper was one of 16 microbiologists who completed the program.

The program objectives are to: 1) improve student learning in the microbiological sciences, 2) develop a cadre of leader teacher scholars, 3) enhance microbiology faculty members’ professional development, and 4) support a community of scholarly work.

Cooper studied how service learning in the Introductory Microbiology class impacted student learning. The service project involved having each student take part in a water quality analysis that served community partners in Linn and Sullivan counties.

The residency program began in July 2005 at a four-day institute on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at ASM headquarter office and culminated with a presentation about the work at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Orlando, Fla., on May 19-21, 2006. Throughout the residency, the Scholars developed their understanding about learning science in college classrooms.
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