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Kimberly Shaw - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Kimberly Shaw, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

Honors College


Earth and Space Sciences, Department of

Education, Natural Sciences, Physics, Teaching

Education and Certifications

B.S., Physics, Vanderbilt University, 1991
B.S., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 1991
M.S., Physics, Florida State University, 1993
Ph.D., Physics, Florida State University, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, 1997
STEM Leadership Institute member, Project Kaleidoscope/AAC&U, July 2014
An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, Coursera, 2014
Data Scientist‘s Toolbox, Coursera 2015
LeadCSU, 2018
EdX "Inclusive STEM Teaching Project", 2021

Academic Areas

Physics Education Research - how students effectively learn physics

Research Interests

Physical Education Research
  • Gender and other equity issues, assessment of student learning, and problem solving.
  • Assessment of student learning in introductory courses.
  • Evaluation of research-based curricular materials
  • Site visits to undergraduate institutions to evaluate female friendly environments as part of NSF funded research grant
  • Development of Self-Efficacy in Physics Problem Solving instrument
  • Measurement of scientific reasoning abilities and other factors that may impact student success in science classrooms
  • Retention of Faculty Development and SoTL research

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 University System of Georgia Regents Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award
  • CASE Georgia Professor of the Year, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, November 2015
  • Rod Nave Award for Science Educator of the Year, Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education, October 2015
  • STEM Leadership Institute Member, Project Kaleidoscope/AAC&U July 2014
  • Distinguished Service Citation, Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, 2006

Professional Accomplishments

  • Affordable Learning Georgia Grant, creating free online materials to support introductory physics classes
  • Wrote grants to establish UTeach Columbus program
  • Co-Pi on NSF Robert Noyce grants to fund scholarships for math and science education majors
  • Research mentioned in Minding Bodies, by Susan Hrach
  • Teaching mentioned as exemplary in How Humans Learn, by Josh Eyler

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