Mary C. Haven Interview and Transcript

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Mary Clare Haven, M.S., was born in 1939 in Stuart, Nebraska, and grew up on a farm near Atkinson, Nebraska. She taught in the Department of Pathology & Microbiology from 1968-1996. Haven taught courses in health care management, research methodologies in allied health, and the healthcare environment. She conducted chemistry research on a number of different topics and was involved in many grant-funded research projects. In 1995, she was appointed Associate Dean, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Nebraska Medical Center, a position she held until her retirement in 2006. During her tenure as associate dean, she helped establish the distance learning programs for medical technology, radiation therapy, physician assistant, cytotechnology, clinical perfusion and radiography. A new degree completion option in the physician assistant program through distance education was established.

Haven begins the interview talking about the start of her career at UNMC as a chemist. She discusses how the need for her position was a result of new national standardization of research methods and early projects she was involved in such as atomic absorption and radioimmunoassays. She covers being promoted to assistant professor without having a terminal degree and how the liver transplant program and resultant clinical trials helped her career. Haven discusses her time as associate dean of the School of Allied Health where she developed the first internet courses and distant learning program for rural areas and degree completion. She talks about her work with diabetes education on Native American reservations. She also covers the structure of the School of Allied Health under the College of Medicine, gives brief overviews of previous associate deans of the School and mentions specific mentors throughout her career. Haven ends her interview detailing her committee work with minority student recruitment and the Friend of the Library at UNMC and how grant funding grew the physician assistant program after the Vietnam War.

Subject(s): Pathology
Haven, Mary C