Patricia Halpin

Office: Natural & Social Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, RM 555, Manchester, NH 03101
Patricia Halpin, associate professor of biological sciences and biotechnology

The two focuses of my research are the scholarship of teaching and learning and K-12 outreach. I am an award winning innovative instructor that uses hybrid, accelerated, flipped and online teaching methods. My students use Twitter to hold robust discussions on course content. Students also learn the professional skills of interviewing, writing thank you notes and using an elevator pitch to make great first impressions. I have performed science outreach in public and private schools in rural NH, Australia and with ELL students at UNH Manchester in the EXCELL in STEM program. Through these activities, I get young people excited about science while assisting them in performing experiments and collecting their own data. My collaborators in scholarship are throughout the United States, Brazil, Pakistan, Cuba, New Zealand and Australia. I have presented my research at national and international meetings. I am the Chair of the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society.


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • M.S., University of Connecticut
  • B.S., Old Dominion University

Research Interests

  • Community/Outreach Programs
  • E-Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Media

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 413: Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 414: Principles of Biology II
  • BIOT 501: Ethical Issues in Biology
  • BMS 702: Endocrinology
  • BSCI 421: Diseases of the 21st Century
  • BSCI 422: Biotechnology and Society
  • BSCI 432: Medical Terminology
  • BSCI 501: Ethical Issues in Biology
  • BSCI 620: Global Science Exploration
  • BSCI 670: Clinical Pathophysiology
  • BSCI 695: Exploring Biology Teaching
  • BSCI 701: Senior Seminar I
  • BSCI 735: Cell Biology
  • BSCI 793: Internship
  • INCO 403: Healthcare Professions Seminar
  • UMST 500: Internship
  • ZOOL 625: Principles Animal Physiology
  • ZOOL 626: Animal Physiology Laboratory

Selected Publications

Halpin, P. A., Donahue, A. E., & Johnson, K. M. S. (2020). Undergraduate biological sciences and biotechnology students’ reflective essays focus on descriptive details of experiential learning experiences. Advances in Physiology Education, 44(1), 99-103. doi:10.1152/advan.00144.2019