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Avian Ecology and Undergraduate Biology Education Research Personnel

Avian Ecology and Undergraduate Biology Education Research Personnel

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Melissa Haswell 

Midland Campus, 3555 E. Patrick Rd., Midland, MI 48642


Central Michigan University

Educational Leadership, Higher Education

Ph.D., 2015

Central Michigan University

Conservation Biology

M.S., 2006

Central Michigan University

Health Promotion and Program Management

M.A., 1996

Alma College


B.S., 1994


2015 – Present

Director of Academic Services (Flint and Midland campuses), Davenport University

2011 – Present

Associate Department Chair for the Science Department, Davenport University

2012 – Present

Assistant Professor, Science Department, Davenport University

2008 - 2012

Instructor (Full-time faculty), Science Department, Davenport University

2006 – 2008

Adjunct Instructor and Professional Tutor, Biology Department, Montcalm Community College

2007 – 2008

Adjunct Instructor, Biology Department, Saginaw Valley State University


Adjunct Instructor, Biology Department, Delta College

2005 - 2007

Research Assistant/Wildlife Technician, Michigan State University

2000- 2005

Research Technician, Wysong Corporation

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology (BIOL 110)
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology (BIOL 110L)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 221)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (BIOL 221L)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 222)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (BIOL 222L)
  • Pathophysiology (BIOL 312)
  • Environmental Science (ENVS 125)

Research Interests

I have research interests in both ecology and science education.  My background in ecological research involved the study of winter bird-feeder use of the White-breasted Nuthatch and dominance hierarchy in Black-capped Chickadees, as well as nesting and reproductive behavior of Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, and Tree Swallows.  My science education research focuses on social just aspects of STEM education including women and minorities in STEM; departmental culture; development of scholarly identity of faculty; and the implementation of various learning modalities such as case-based learning, problem-based learning, and dialogue education as applied to biology education.

Selected Publications

  1. Haswell, M.M.(2014).Exploring the influence of departmental culture on perceptions of scholarship and role prioritization of biology professors (Doctoral Dissertation). Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
  2. Fredricks, T.B., Geisy, J.P., Coefield, S.J., Haswell, M.M., Tazelaar, D.L., Bradley, P.W., Moore, J.N., Roark, S.A., & Zwiernik, M.J. (2010). Dietary exposure of three passerine species to PCDD/DFs from the Chippewa, Tittabawassee, and Saginaw River floodplains, Midland, Michigan, USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-010-1319-5
  3. Roberts (Haswell), M.M., & Grimnes, K.A. (1994). Histological evidence for five cell types in the male accessory glands of Tribolium freemani (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Tribolium Inf. Bull. 34, 72–74.

Selected Presentations

  1. Haswell, M.M. (2015).  An examination of cultural aspects leading to transformational changes in teaching paradigms in a biology department.  Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  2. Haswell, M.M.(2014).  Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Graduate Student Policy Seminar.  Selected to participate in two policy debates related to public policy and higher education.  Debate topics included:  Accountability measures under consideration for higher education institutions surrounding Congress’ reauthorization of the Higher Education Act during the first debate and the assignment of responsibility for developmental and remedial education in the higher education system.  ASHE 2014 Conference, Washington, D.C.
  3. Haswell, M.M.(2014). Writing to learn: The use of informal/impromptu writing in the college classroom. Great Lakes Teaching and Learning Conference, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
  4. Haswell, M.M. (2013). Student engagement: The classroom and beyond.  Central Michigan University Study Tour in South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
  5. Haswell, M.M. (2011).Getting inside their heads: How to liven up your lecture using mapping techniques. Michigan Community College Biologists Fall 2011 Conference.