Mark Collins

Lecturer and Environmental Studies Coordinator


Mark Collins
110 OEH
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



An award-winning writer and instructor, Collins is the author of two books and coeditor of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and a chapbook of poetry, Thank You For Your Submission, (Puddinghouse Press). He has served on a variety of University-wide committees, including the excellence in teaching seminars. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Pitt, and is a miserable hockey player.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Advising students in Environmental Studies BA
  • Advise and coordinate student internships
  • Manage Environmental Studies curriculum
  • Teach W-course for Environmental Studies majors
  • Automobile repair
  • Research
  • Publications
  • Teaching

Collins' research focuses on scientific communication and literacy. His outside interests include essays, poetry, spirituality, and developing a better sense of direction (both actual and metaphorical).

Grants, Co-PI: 

National Science Foundation, 2012 – 2014 (Award ID# 1240000 “Developing Highly Qualified Middle Grades Teachers with Expertise in STEM Disciplines” (J. Cartier, PI; with M. Bilec, D. Mosse, M. Smith)

Grants, Non-PI: 

Heinz Endowments, University of Pittsburgh, 1999-2013 (plus ongoing)

            (administrative /reporting / budgeting duties)

Heinz Endowments, University of Pittsburgh, 2007 – 2009

“One Step at a Time” multi-campus sustainability projects (with R. Capo)



Thank You for Your Submission (Puddinghouse, 2007)



Wonder of It All: Fred Rogers and the Story of an Icon (with MM Kimmel; Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent's College, 2008)


Married White Man in Search Of… (Liquori Publications, 1998)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers, editor with Margaret M. Kimmel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996; soft cover 1997)

On the Road to Emmaus (Liguori Publications, 1994)

Sample Articles / Editorials / Poetry / Playwriting

"Dear Graduates…" (2014), "The Pope's Mechanic" (2013), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Go West" (with CJ Hayden), Pitt Magazine, Fall 2006

Donora Wife (with G. Morton), one-act play, April 2005

"In the Express Lane," Wisconsin Review, 2005

GEOL 1313: Communication for Environmental Professionals.

Average load: 24 students.

Topics include business letters and memos, audience analysis, editing, oral presentations, case studies, crisis communications.

This course serves as a W-course for environmental studies.  We will sample various tools and methods (typical "professional" tasks such as; memos and letters, building into comprehensive assignments such as case studies), all while concentrating on how audience and purpose affect communication.

GEOL 1904: Sustainability Flash Lab 

Inaugural class 2014

Cross-disciplinary course combines science and policy using household utility bills and appliances as prompts (initially funded by NSF)