Kristine Callan
Teaching Professor, Department of Physics

Kristine CallanI 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.


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  • PhD, Physics, Duke University, 2013
  • MS, Physics, Duke University, 2008
  • BS, Physics & Mathematics, Pacific University, 2005

Research Areas

  • Studio Physics
  • Assessment of Student Understanding
  • The STEM Gender Gap
  • Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems

Honors and Awards

  • 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