PhD - Boston University
MA - Boston University
BA - Smith College
Mako Haruta received her A.B.(1984) from Smith College and her M.A.(1988) and Ph.D.(1992) from Boston University. She taught mathematics at Buckingham Browne and Nichols Upper School in Cambridge, MA for four years. In 1992 she came to the University of Hartford and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1998.
Dr. Haruta has experience as a high school mathematics teacher and has been a full-time member of the Department of Mathematics faculty for 16 years. Her research background is in Dynamical Systems. Her current focus is on mathematics curriculum reform, an area in which she has published numerous articles. She has also received and directed grants (including a National Science Foundation Institution-wide Curriculum Reform grant) to integrate technology and curriculum reform into college mathematics courses and has presented at regional and national conferences.
She has conducted teacher training and professional development workshops for high school and community college mathematics departments and has worked with the Director of the Secondary Mathematics Education Program at UofH, revising high school mathematics course syllabi and providing teacher training at the University Magnet School (funded by a Woodrow Wilson grant to the university). As a consultant, she regularly edits and reviews for major mathematics textbook publishers. In addition, she has developed and run gifted mathematics pull-out and after-school programs for local elementary and middle school students culminating in student publications in national journals, coaches for the MathCounts program and gives presentations for national gifted programs.