Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University

Experiences of LGBTQIA-Identified Faculty in Biology Classrooms

ID: 3061
Status: Completed
Start date: September 2015
End Date: December 2018


Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) make up an estimated 3.6% of the overall U.S. population. As a group, LGBTQIA individuals have been thought to be historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but few empirical studies have been done. We know very little about LGBTQIA instructors in STEM. This study seeks to understand what LGBTQIA biology faculty perceive to be advantages, disadvantages, barriers, challenges, benefits, and opportunities of coming out on campus and the role of their identity in their professional lives.

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Brownell, S., C. Gormally, K. Cooper. (2017) Coming out in life (sciences): LGBTQIA instructors’ experiences in biology. Poster, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Antonio, TX.

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