SWI Community

SWI Partner Instructors

Our network includes more than 250 Partner Instructors teaching at more than 170 schools across 35 states, Puerto Rico, and 12 countries. Partner Instructors participate in a weeklong workshop, where they are trained to teach SWI’s introductory microbiology course at their institutions and flip their classrooms using the scientific teaching approach.

In 2012, SWI was piloted at Yale University. The first cohort of instructors – our Pilot Partners – joined the initiative in 2013 and were trained at Yale University. Coming from across the US, the Pilot Partners pledged to contribute to the initiative by developing materials, protocols, guidelines, and a support network for future members.

In 2014, two additional cohorts were trained in person at Yale University and online. This expanded our network to Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Belize. New Partner Instructors were mentored by the Pilot Partners creating a “Buddy System.”

In 2015, two new cohorts were trained by the Pilot Partners at two sites: National University in Mesa Costa, California and Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. Our new Pilot Partners broaden our network across five additional countries: Ireland, Nigeria, the Philippines, Jordan, and Iraq.

On July 1, 2015, SWI’s administrators at Yale University tapped Erika Kurt to manage and further develop the program. Since then, she has already adapted SWI’s biology course to pilot at the high school level for the 2015-2016 academic year. To focus this initiative on girls to inspire a talent pool that is underrepresented in STEM fields, the course is being piloted at The Hockaday School, an all-girls school in Dallas, Texas by Dr. Barbara Fishel, Dean of Studies and Director of Research. In addition, Dr. Drew Sieg is teaching the course for college credit at Central Magnet School, a coed public school, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

In 2016, a new cohort was trained at the University of Connecticut expanding our network to two additional countries: India and Spain.

US Undergraduate Partner Institutions by Type

Undergrad Partners by Type bar graph
Based on Carnegie Classifications

Training workshops have been funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust and the American Society for Microbiology.

The SWI network expands a broad range of institution types, including research universities with very high research activity, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, international schools, and high schools. In addition to the US undergraduate partner institutions listed by Carnegie Classifications above, there are also 6 US high schools (5 all girl/1 coed; 4 private/2 public) and 73 international schools (43 undergraduate institutions/30 high schools).

Our partners are as diverse as their locations, bringing knowledge and expertise from fields ranging from genetics to general biology and pharmaceutics to agronomy. Among the most popular course-types that are implemented with the Small World Initiative are microbiology, biology for majors and non-majors, and cell and molecular biology.

Partner Map

Click on the map to see where our partners are located across the world. Use the layers button on the top left to filter partners and schools by training group. For a list of our partner schools, please click here.