Associate Professor Attendant Rank, Director of PhET Interactive Simulations • PhET simulations, Course reform, Institutional change
Department of Physics

Office: DUANE F1027

Dr. Kathy Perkins is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project (, a faculty member in Physics, and a fellow of the Center for STEM Learning. Her current work focuses on the design and classroom use of interactive simulations to increase engagement and learning in STEM, and on scaling impact with free, open educational resources. She has worked in the field of STEM education since 2003, reforming undergraduate courses, studying students' beliefs about science, training faculty in new forms of pedagogy, and engaging in institutional change efforts. She directed CU's Science Education Initiative from 2010-16 - a $5 million investment to advance undergraduate STEM education.