Neil Haave, PhD, BSc (honours)

Professor, Augustana - Sciences


Professor, Augustana - Sciences
(780) 679-1506
C155 Classroom Building
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3



Neil Haave (PhD, University of British Columbia) has been teaching molecular cell biology and biochemistry at the Augustana Campus since 1990 where he served as Chair of Science and Associate Dean. Neil is a recipient of ACUBE's Excellence in Teaching Award, the UofA's Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and McCalla Professorship, and Augustana's Teaching Leadership Award and Teaching Faculty Award for the Support of Information Literacy. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) with publications on biology curricula, e-portfolios, and undergraduate research. He is currently conducting research on students’ learning philosophies. His involvement with SoTL has included editing Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, co-chairing the Festival of Teaching steering committee, and chairing the Teaching Professor Conference Advisory Board. For the last decade, he has been developing his lecture courses to include a greater degree of active learning resulting in most of his courses using some version of team-based learning. Neil is interested in developing scholarly approaches to teaching which includes researching our own educational practices in light of the published literature on teaching and learning in higher education.


AUBIO 230 - Molecular Cell Biology

The composition, structure and function of cell membranes including membrane transport, cell signaling and cell-cell interactions. Protein sorting and cytoskeletal function is integrated with their membrane interactions. The social context of cells is also considered. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111 and AUBIO 260.

AUBIO 380 - Biochemistry: Proteins, Enzymes and Energy

The structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates. The structure and function of lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids are introduced. The course focuses on how enzymes catalyze the oxidation of carbohydrates and how the cell conserves this energy in a useful chemical form. Prerequisites: AUBIO 111 and AUCHE 250. Note: Formerly part of AUBIO 280 (2021).

AUBIO 381 - Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism

Structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids at the level of the cell and organs. Prerequisites: AUBIO 380.

AUBIO 411 - History and Theory of Biology

This is the capstone course for the Augustana Biology degree program and as such is designed to foster students' reflection on their biology degree program. An overview of historical progression in the biological sciences and their associated development in relation to prevailing philosophical, social, and cultural contexts act as the prompt for student reflection. Prerequisites: AUBIO 338, one of AUBIO 323, 374, 394, 395; fourth-year standing.

AUCSL 360 - Community Service-Learning Practicum

Content varies from year to year but will include a significant service component. Topics and credit value announced prior to registration period. Pre/corequisite: consent of the instructor. Note: AUCSL 360 is classified as an arts course. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

AUCSL 480 - Directed Study in Community Service-Learning

Individual study opportunity on topics for which no specific course is currently offered. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor based on completion of a CSL placement (a record of courses and students can be found in the Learning and Beyond office).

AUIDS 101 - First Year Seminar

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is the first course in Augustana's Core. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

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Mitigating student resistance to active learning by constructing resilient classrooms

Author(s): Cosette Lemelin, Cole D. Gross, Renette Bertholet, Sheryl Gares, Mark Hall, Hani Henein, Valentina Kozlova, Michelle Spila, Valentin Villatoro and Neil Haave
Publication Date: 12/31/2021
Publication: Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
Volume: 47
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 3-9
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Using a learning philosophy assignment to capture students’ metacognition and achievement goals

Author(s): Kelly Keus & Neil Haave
Publication Date: 6/30/2020
Publication: Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: article 7
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A method to the midterms: The impact of a second midterm on students’ learning outcomes

Author(s): Kelly Keus, Jamie Grunwald, Neil Haave
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Publication: Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
Volume: 45
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 3-8
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A learning philosophy assignment positively impacts student learning outcomes

Author(s): Neil Haave, Kelly Keus, Tonya Simpson
Publication Date: 6/15/2018
Publication: Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 42-64
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Using history and philosophy as the capstone to a biology major

Author(s): Neil C Haave
Publication Date: 5/31/2017
Publication: Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 3-11
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E-portfolios rescue biology students from a poorer final exam result: Promoting student metacognition.

Author(s): Neil Haave
Publication Date: 5/30/2016
Publication: Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 8-15
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Survey of biology capstone courses in American and Canadian higher education: Requirement, content, and skills

Author(s): Haave, Neil
Publication Date: 12/31/2015
Publication: Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 19-26
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