Mark Collins, MFA
Adjunct Professor of Research
Master of Fine Arts in Writing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor of Arts in Writing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Lecturer, Environmental Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2000-2017)
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.
GEOL 1904: Sustainability Flash Lab (with S. Tomaszewski) Inaugural class 2014. Cross-disciplinary course combines science and policy using utility bills and appliances as prompts (initially funded by NSF; see below)
Coordinator and Advisor, Environmental Studies (NTS, 1999 – 2017), Department of Geology and Environmental Science, U. of Pittsburgh
Primary contact and manager for Environmental Studies, a multidisciplinary B. A. major. Responsible for budget; hire/oversee five part-time instructors, advise and register 100 full-time undergraduates; coordinate internships, field and community placements; responsible for recruiting majors; alumni relations; liaison among students, department, university, and community. 2015 winner, Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Pitt Magazine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Associate Editor. General-interest features, scientific articles, and news for 125,000-run, quarterly magazine.
Mark Collins Writing & Editing, Pittsburgh, PA
Freelance reporting, writing, and editing. Clients include Presbyterian-University Hospital, Young Presidents’ Organization, Leybold Vacuum Products, National Frame, and Blue Cross. Articles for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jewish Chronicle, and Medical Record.
Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Writer/Editor of Grand Rounds and Presby, 5,000-run development magazines for medical staff and friends of the hospital. Managed all aspects of publication, including overseeing design, distribution and budget.
Gateway Publications, Monroeville, PA
Copy Editor. Prepared all inside copy for eight weekly newspapers: Penn Hills Progress; Wilkinsburg Gazette; Squirrel Hill Times; Monroeville Times-Express; Westmoreland County Star; Plum Advance Leader; and Oakmont Advance Leader. Wrote news articles, editorials, features; edited press releases, obituaries; coordinated layout of inside pages.
Wayward Tracks (In Extenso Press, 2016)
MWM ISO…(Liguori 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)
Thank You For Your Submission (Puddinghouse, 2007)
Daily Guideposts, 1998-present
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)
Three essays in Writing: The Translation of Memory (Eve Shelnutt, Ed.; Macmillan 1990)
“Go West,” Pitt Magazine (with CJ Hayden) Fall 2006, https://www.pittmag.pitt.edu/fall2006/feature1.html
Donora Wife, one-act play (with G. Morton), April 2005
“In the Express Lane,” Wisconsin Review 2005
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