- Indigenous Studies
- Social Sciences
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway
- community information services
- Indigenous engagement and libraries
- social capital and libraries
- Indigenous governance
- Indigenous engagement and retention
Mary-Rose commenced her degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in 1996—the first year of operation. As a full-time single mum and needing to work part time it took six years of half-time study to complete a BA, receiving a Dean’s Commendation and the Chancellors Medal. A first class honours degree was awarded in 2006 (again part time). Most of the research undertaken since then has been contracted out by local government and hence has been tabled with local government committees rather than academic publications.
At USC Mary-Rose has taught across both the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law and the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering as a sessional lecturer and tutor since 2002 teaching Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) level, first year compulsory courses, and advanced level courses. Most recently Mary-Rose is appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Communication involved in the delivery of a very large COR unit — Communication and Thought.
- USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded to teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to the COR109 team (including Mary-Rose Adkins)
- Chancellor's Medal, USC (2003)