Nancy Donaldson

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Professor of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences
Science Center 120C

Additional Positions 

Discipline Coordinator, Physics


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary: Physics and Education, University of Missouri - Kansas City
M.Ed. Science Education, University of Louisiana
B.A. Psychology, University of Virigina

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

Missouri K-12 Certification in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Science, University of Louisiana - 1993


Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., has extensive experience receiving funding from national granting agencies to support her curriculum reform projects in the physics department. 

Donaldson is an expert in writing hands-on, active learning pedagogy in all of her courses, and she is a leader in the science division in pursuing interdisciplinary teaching opportunities. 

In 2009, Donaldson developed the physics of medicine program at Rockhurst University. This program is designed to deepen students' understanding of physics principles and the applicability of those principles to the other sciences, healthcare and medicine. Her dedication to curriculum development led to grant-funded, innovative course development in the physics of medicine program, including the addition of courses such as Optics in Medicine, Physics of the Body, and the Physics of Medical Imaging.