Meet your Instructors

Programs offered through the public education department are developed and taught by museum education professionals with science backgrounds and years of experience teaching in informal learning environments.

Teresa MacDonald

Teresa MacDonald

Teresa MacDonald is the Associate Director of Public Programs at the museum. She holds a BA, honors, in physical anthropology, an MSc in vertebrate paleontology, and a PhD in science education. She has more than twenty years of science teaching experience in museums, science centers, universities and schools from kindergarten to college level on three continents. Teresa has been involved with several grant-funded projects such as Principal Investigator for Understanding the Tree of Life, Co-PI and outreach lead for the Euteleost Tree of Life project, Co-PI for Adventures at Nanoscale: Superconductivity, outreach director for Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, and is a partner on the IMLS-funded project The Tree Room: Teaching and learning about evolutionary relationships.

Selected Papers

Novick, L.R., Pickering, J., MacDonald, T., Diamond, J. et al. (2014). Depicting the Tree of Life: Guiding Principles from Psychological Research. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 7(1):1-13.

MacDonald, T., and Wiley, E.O. (2012). Communicating phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Evolution Education and Outreach, 5:14-28. DOI 10.1007/s12052-012-0387-0. (KU ScholarWorks

MacDonald, T., and Bean, A. (2011). Adventures in the Subatomic Universe: An exploratory study of a scientist-museum physics education project. Public Understanding of Science, 20(6):846-862.

MacDonald, T. (2010). Communicating Phylogeny: Evolutionary tree diagrams in museums. Paper presented at NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.