Kathryn Williamson has served as Teaching Assistant Professor in the West Virginia University Department of Physics & Astronomy since January 2016, after working as the Public Education Specialist at the Green Bank Observatory from 2013-2016. Her doctorate in Physics Education Research is from Montana State University, and her Bachelors Degree in Physics & Astronomy is from the University of Georgia, where she grew up. In 2013, she founded the WV Science Public Outreach Team (SPOT), which trains college ambassadors to deliver interactive STEM presentations to K-12 audiences around the state, reaching approximately 4,000 students each year.
Prof. Williamson’s current work focuses on building persistence of rural, first-generation college STEM majors through “The First 2 Network” (F2N), an NSF INCLUDES Alliance. She serves as co-chair on the Faculty-Student Engagement working group within the larger F2N Networked Improvement Community. During Spring 2020, she led a 3-credit special topics Honors course at WVU called “Ambassadors for Change,” which empowers students as leaders to enact change ideas within and beyond the university.