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 and welcoming educational experience for all of our physics students.

While my previous research has focused mainly on small networks of nonlinear dynamical systems, I now enjoy reading about physics education research (PER) and striving to put these results into practice. In particular, I am interested in learning how to make physics classrooms and departments more equitable spaces.

My academic background is also a bit nonlinear (pun intended). After earning my bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at Pacific University, I enrolled as a PhD student at Duke University. I decided to leave after finishing my MS degree, and then 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

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award – Physics, 2022, 2021, 2020
  • DI&A President’s Choice: Academic Program Award, 2021
  • Mines W.M. Keck Mentorship Award, 2019
  • Mines Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award, 2018
  • Mines Teaching Faculty Teaching Award, 2017