Clare Hasenkampf completed a B.Sc. degree from Loyola University of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana 1976, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. At Loyola she served as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology courses in her 3rd and 4th years of study. At Florida State University (FSU) she received a M.Sc. (1979) and Ph.D. (1984) in Genetics. At FSU she served as Teaching Assistant for undergraduate courses in Genetics and for a graduate course in Electron Microscopy.
Dr. Hasenkampf immigrated to Canada in 1989 and won an NSERC Women’s Faculty Award in 1991. She has held a faculty position in the professoriate stream at the University of Toronto at Scarborough since that time and pursues research with her students in the study of the process of meiosis. She regularly teaches courses in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Microscopy.
Dr. Hasenkampf teaches large undergraduate courses with 800+ students in Introductory Biology and 150+ in Genetics. She works to have interesting classroom demonstrations, to keep the ‘human side’ to her courses and to provide students an opportunity for personal and professional growth. She challenges students to pursue their science degree as ‘scientists in training’ and strives to provide the tools and resources they will need for their academic development. In recognition of her teaching efforts she has won the University of Toronto Scarborough Faculty Teaching Award and most recently the Ontario government’s Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award.
She has worked inside and outside of the context of courses to improve undergraduate education. She has been the long-term program supervisor for the undergraduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology, and was instrumental in developing a cooperative education option for it. Through cooperative education students have the opportunity to apply and enrich their classroom education with related work experience. With colleagues she developed three successful Academic Initiative Proposals that have resulted in modernization of the equipment within Life Science undergraduate teaching laboratories and the creation of the Science Engagement Centre.
Through Science Engagement she is exploring ways for students to enrich their science education via service-learning, outreach and in-reach activities. The Science engagement program was launched in the summer of 2007 and already 52 science undergraduates have worked to enhance the UTSC experience of other students or have reached out to community partners such as Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Visions in Science, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Toronto Zoo.
Clare Hasenkampf developed her passion for genetics research while doing her undergraduate honor’s project. It was a transformation experience for her and she is committed to providing opportunities for undergraduates to experience this excitement and challenge. In the last ten years 34 undergraduates have undertaken tradition apprentice-style research projects in her lab; she is working to find new ways to engage students as scientists, piloting the Science Engagement initiative of Team Research. To date nine students are working in three teams, each team tackling a real problem in experimental science.
Committed to a scholarly approach to teaching, Dr. Hasenkampf has been a regular attendee and frequent presenter at teaching seminars, workshops and conferences. She has served on the Arts and Science Coop Advisory Group as well as the Advisory group for the University of Toronto Scarborough Teaching and Learning Services. Most recently she agreed to serve as the Interim Director of Teaching and Learning services for the 2007/2008 academic year. Dr. Hasenkampf is pleased to be part of the learning community at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she is combining her teaching experience with the pedagogical expertise of her colleagues in TLS to provide scaffolding and resources for instructors and students. She is committed to a tri-campus effort to enhance the University of Toronto learning experience.