Bio (Michael-Anne (Mickie) Noble)

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Mickie Noble

Michael-Anne (Mickie) Noble


Associate Professor, Program Head


Environment and Sustainability


Michael-Anne (Mickie) Noble is a microbiologist with over 25 years of experience teaching undergraduate science.  Her current research interests include problem-based learning in online environments, undergraduate science curriculum design, and children’s representations of scientists.  She developed and works extensively with the Science Outreach Program to allow elementary school children the opportunity to experience hands-on laboratory and field science while convincing them that science is not only fun, but also something they might like to do when they grow up. Noble is an active member of the Science Educator’s Research Group (SERG), a subgroup of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education.


Noble joined Royal Roads University in 1997 as an associate faculty member to teach microbiology to the first class of the BSc in Environmental Science program. After six years of teaching at both the University of Victoria and RRU, she joined Royal Roads as a full-time instructor in 2001. She became an assistant professor in 2008, an associate professor in 2020 and has served as the Program Chair of the Undergraduate Science Committee since 2014.


Noble holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria (2017). She also holds a Masters of Science in Microbiology (1993) and a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry (1990) from the University of Victoria. In 2019, she was nominated for an NSERC Science Promotion Award for her work with the Science Outreach Program.


Noble, M-A., Leighton, H., & Dale, A. (2021). Stepping toward a sense of place: A choreography between natural and social science. In W. Leal Filho, A. Lange Salvia, & F. Frankenberger (Eds.). Handbook on Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.

Noble, M.A. (2017). Characterization of critical thinking indicators in problem-based learning online discussions of blended and distance undergraduate environmental science students using the community of inquiry model. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Victoria.

Noble, M.A. and C.D. Tippett. (2015). Dr. Blasto: Grade 1 Students’ Portrayal of a Fictional Science Villain. Journal of Emergent Science,  9(summer): 10-22.