Mary Haskins

Mary Haskins, Professor of Biology
Professor of Biology
Rues Distinguished Teacher Scholar
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Center 220H

Additional Positions 

Principal Investigator and Director TEAM Science (grant)
Former Fellow, Mission and Ministry Office, Rockhurst University

Degrees 

Ph.D. Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.S. Biology, Truman State University
B.S.E. Biology, Truman State University

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

Teaching Certificate 7-12 (General Science 7-9; Biology 9-12), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - 1979

Biography 

Mary Haskins, Ph.D., is member of the biology department in the College of Arts and Sciences. She teaches primarily biology courses for majors, including lecture and laboratory courses in ecology, parasitology, invertebrate zoology and general biology. She also teaches a non-science majors course in environmental science and sustainability.  

During the last 20 years, she has secured approximately $6 million in external funding to provide Summer STEM Academies for K-6 teachers. Haskins has reviewed numerous grants for federal agencies including NASA, the EPA, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Her research interests center around invertebrate ecology and environmental sustainability issues. She has served as a faculty companion on three international RU service trips. 

On a personal level, she has two German Shorthaired Pointers adopted from rescue organizations and finds spiders especially fascinating. She loves to travel, and, since 2005, has been to the African continent five times to visit former Rockhurst students. She has also been an honored guest in three African weddings. 

Haskins shares many of her national and international experiences with students during discussions of environmental and sustainability issues.