Mary Phillips

Associate Professor Biology - School of Science & Mathematics

Contact Information

(918) 595-7689
Southeast Campus Room 8183

I have had the privilege to teach biology at Tulsa Community College (TCC) for over three decades. I believe curiosity drives all learning. This underlying theme has not changed in the 30 years I have taught biology. I try to stimulate curiosity and interest in all my courses.

I enjoy helping students discover learning. I am very curious and take opportunities to learn everyday. I love my students, family and friends. Hobbies:learning, music lover, watching Netflix, and Starbucks.

Courses Taught

  • Anatomy
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Biology for majors, Biology for non-majors
  • STEM Research Challenge (research based course)

Education

  • Hollywood High School class of 1970
  • Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA - B.A. (cum laude) Biology, 1974
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, CA - M.A. (Honors) Biology- emphasis parasitology, 1981             

Research Interests

Grants:

  • 2105-2016 NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium ($203,000)
  • 2014-2015 NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR Grant ($72,000)
  • 2006-2010 National Science Foundation/Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) Co-Principal Investigator. Stimulating Enthusiasm, Exploration, and Discover Through Biotechnology Education (SEEDBEd) project ($384,581)
  • 2015 Midwest and Great Plains PULSE Mini Grant
  • 2009-2016 The Faculty Innovation Grant (FIG) Program encourages faculty to provide innovative instruction that supports student learning.
    •  2015-2016 Vision and Change Speaker Series and Workshops
    • 2015-2016 Aquaponics: Engaging Students in Research and Outreach
    • 2014-2015 Implementing Vision and Change at TCC.
    • 2013-2014 Student Retention and Persistence: Intervention Strategies in the Biological Sciences
    • 2011-2012 Majors Biology: One College Moving Forward Embracing Technology
    • 2009-2010 Tropical Field Biology and Biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Rainforest: A Global Course Component

I teach the STEM Research Challenge course. The course is a one-semester, multi-disciplinary STEM course that engages students in authentic research opportunities. Students work independently or collaboratively to identify, design, and conduct an experiment (proof of concept). The blended course format is taught by a team of TCC STEM faculty from: biology, microbiology, chemistry, engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and mathematics disciplines. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), OSU- Tulsa, and other academic institutions will serve as mentors to guide students and faculty with the research challenge.              

Publications & Presentations

Phillips, Mary (2016). Biology and Peace. The Power of Peace in Action: Building Peace from the Classroom to the Community at Tulsa Community College.

Phillips, Mary (2016). Rising to the Challenge. Celebrate Learning.

Phillips, Mary. (2014). Curiosity, Spirit, and Opportunity: STEM Research Challenge Model. Great Ideas For Teaching (G.I.F.T.) Anthology, Oklahoma Association for Community Colleges.

Phillips, M., Masse, M., Kneafsey, J. (2014). Implementing Vision and Change at Tulsa Community College. Poster presented at the Midwest and Great Plains Partnership for Life Science Education symposium.

Phillips, M., Masse, M., Brooks, P., et al. (2013). General Biology Lab Manual for Non-Majors (7th ed) Iowa: McGraw-Hill

Phillips, M., Masse, M., Brooks, P., et al. (2013). Introduction to General Biology for majors Lab Manual (8th ed). Iowa: McGraw-Hill.

Spencer, D., Phillips, M., Sloan, D., et al. (2011). Stimulating Enthusiasm, Exploration, and Discovery through Biotechnology Education (SEEDBEd) Project. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation/Advanced Technological Education, Washington, D.C.

Phillips, Mary. (2007). Tulsa Epidemiology and Technology. Epidemiology Education Movement News. 5.

Phillips, Mary. (1997). Teaching Biology Through Community Service Projects. Journal of College Science Teaching, 253-257.
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Phillips, Mary 2013. Bringing Vision and Change to Tulsa Community College. Presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Phillips, Mary 2013-2014. Keynote speaker at PIPESTEMS (Preparing for Innovation Producing Educated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars). Tulsa Community College.

Phillips, Mary. 2012. Keynote speaker at Upward Bound Awards Dinner. Tulsa Community College. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Phillips, Mary. Nov. 2010. Connecting People with Nature at Two Costa Rican Rainforests. Presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Phillips, Mary. Oct. 2009. Stimulating Enthusiasm, Exploration, and Discovery through Biotechnology Education (SEEDBEd) project. NSF/ATE Conference. Washington, D.C.

Phillips, Mary. Nov. 2009. Infusing Biotechnology in Middle School Curricula. Presented at Oklahoma Science Teachers Association conference. Edmund, Oklahoma.

Phillips, Mary. Nov. 2009. Infusing Biotechnology in Middle School Curricula. Presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference. Denver, Colorado.

Phillips, Mary. Nov. 2008. Lessons from Nature. Keynote speaker at Upward Bound Awards Dinner. Tulsa Community College. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Phillips, Mary. Nov. 2008. Women in Science and Education. Keynote speaker at the Latina Women’s Conference. Over 300 Latina high school girls attended conference. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • National Association of Biology Teachers- Chair - Two Year Section (Community College) 2015-2016
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Oklahoma Academy of Sciences
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Association of Biology Laboratory Education

Awards

  • Recipient of Tulsa Community College Teaching Excellence Award, 2015.
  • National Biology Teachers Association (NABT): Chair of the Two Year (Community College) Section
  • Recipient of the U.S. Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2013.
  • Recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Two-Year Teaching Excellence Award, 2012.
  • Reviewer for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NGGRI) at NIH. Talking Glossary Project: Spanish 2010 -2011
  • Recipient of NSF/ATE Award Highlight. Highlights NSF Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for grant Stimulating Enthusiasm, Exploration, and Discovery through Biotechnology Education (SEEDBEd. Awarded 2008.
  • Recipient of Tulsa Community College Teaching Excellence Award, 2001.
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award, Tulsa Community College Student Selection, 1999

Community Involvement

  • Mentoring Students -National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge student team mentor- - finalist (2015)
  • Volunteer - Day Center for the Homeless- First United Methodist Church
  • United Way - Day of Caring
  • STEM outreach -
    • Chair of Two Year Section – National Association of Biology Teachers 2015-2016
    • NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium Member 2014- present
    • Advisory Board Hispanic Women Business Association – Youth Conference - Hispanic outreach conference- Latinas Enhancing Academics and Development (LEAD)
    • Advisory Board Committee Member, Rice University, Dr. Leslie Miller, Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, 2008-2014
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