Dr Kate Wilson
Fellow, UNSW Scientia Education Academy
Dr Kate Wilson is a senior lecturer and Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Canberra (@ADFA) in the School of Engineering and IT, and the Learning and Teaching Group (LTG).
Kate teaches Engineering Mechanics, The Graduate Teaching Training Program (Beginning To Teach) and Foundations of University Learning and Teaching. Kate has a PhD in physics from Monash University and a Grad.Dip.Ed. (Secondary Teaching) from the University of Canberra. She has been first year coordinator in physics at the ANU and Director of the Australian Science Olympiads Physics Program. She is a past member of the Sydney University Physics Education Research Group and has held an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship at UNSW (Kensington).
Kate does research on student learning in physics, on first year transition, and on gender and assessment in science. She has published many journal and conference papers, and been an invited keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Physics conference, and symposia at ANU and Swinburne. Kate is an author of five textbooks for high school and university physics. The high school texts are used across Australia and support the new Australian Curriculum. The first year university text, in its second edition, is used internationally. These books are informed by current education research, including Kate’s own research into learning in physics.
Kate also runs a popular primary school science enrichment program, which uses hands-on activities including building marshmallow canons and dissecting rats to teach fundamental ideas in science.