KRISTINE E. CALLAN
TEACHING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Teaching and Research Interests
- Studio Physics
- Assessment of Student Understanding
- The STEM Gender Gap
- Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems
Awards and Honors
- 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Duke
- Mary Creason Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Duke
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and Teaching Fellowship, Duke
I love teaching physics. I had my first formal teaching experience as a senior in high school and my first exposure to physics as a sophomore in college; ever since, I have been seeking out ways to combine these two passions. Whether as a lead instructor, teaching assistant, individual tutor or outreach volunteer, I thoroughly enjoy facilitating the discovery and understanding of interesting physical phenomena. As a teaching faculty member at Mines, I strive to provide a high-quality educational experience for all of our physics students.
While my previous research has focused mainly on small networks of nonlinear dynamical systems, I am now pursuing research topics in the field of physics education research. I am thus very happy to be working at an institution that is one of the nation's leaders in improving undergraduate physics education.
After earning my MS degree, I moved to the Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts, where I taught both algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics for two years before returning to Duke to complete my PhD.