Dr Kate Wilson, Academic Mentor, UNSW Canberra

Kate Wilson

Dr Kate Wilson is a senior lecturer and Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Canberra in the School of Engineering and IT, and the Learning and Teaching Group (LTG). Kate has also recently obtained her SFHEA. Kate is a passionate educator, and does research to support her teaching.

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 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, and recently won an Australian Educational Publishers Award. 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.

Kate is a Scientia Academy Fellow and an Education Focused academic providing leadership and vision in learning and teaching across UNSW and in the higher education sector.

Email [email protected] to enquire if Kate is available to mentor you.

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Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • learning and teaching curriculum design 
  • assessment and feedback 
  • peer review of curriculum 
  • formative peer observation of teaching 
  • evaluation 
  • general teaching methods

Career and Professional

  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • group mentoring
  • 1-2 mentees at any stage

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Lecturer A 
  • Lecturer B 
  • Lecturer C


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.