Professor Natalie Brown
Professor Natalie Brown joined the Peter Underwood Centre as Director in July 2017. Prior to this, she had held the position of Director, Academic Quality and the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching in the Academic Division at the University of Tasmania.
Natalie brings a wealth of experience in education and research into this position. In her early career as a teacher of Science and Mathematics, Natalie taught in both the North-West and Hobart regions, across years 7-12.
Natalie’s academic career began with a PhD in Plant Science, and research work in Agricultural Science. She was appointed to the Faculty of Education as a Lecturer in Science Education in 2001 and later became Program Director of the postgraduate Bachelor of Teaching course prior to moving to the central Academic Development Unit in 2008. Throughout this time, Natalie continued to teach in both the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as supervise research higher degree students. Natalie has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards, culminating in a National Teaching Excellence award in 2013.
Natalie’s research interests encompass student engagement, teacher professional learning, STEM education and Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching.