Head of School

Kim Beswick HoS

Professor Kim Beswick is the Head of the School of Education at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to joining UNSW Kim was Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) where she also held a range of leadership roles including as Associate Dean (Research) over her 19 years there. Her research interests centre on the beliefs and knowledge that underpin the practice of mathematics teachers and how professional learning can provide a catalyst for change. She is particularly interested in how teachers’ beliefs and knowledge relate to their expectations of and aspirations for their students.

She has attracted more than $10M in competitive research funding including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Professor Beswick is currently co-directing a $2.6M Australian Department of Education funded national project that will deliver research based and rigorously tested professional learning for school principals aimed at supporting them to enhance the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their schools.

Kim has published more than 110 peer reviewed publications, is Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics Education, and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education and the Australian Mathematics Teacher. She has served on a range of national and international committees in relation to mathematics education and teacher education, including as a member of the International Assessments Joint National Advisory Committee (the key advisory body to support Australia's participation in international assessments of school students, including PISA and TIMSS) (2012-2013), and the Australian Government's Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in 2014. She was Chair of the Subcommittee for Mathematics and Statistics Education in Schools of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Mathematical Sciences' work to develop a Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences (2012-2015), elected to the International Committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education in 2014, and was appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts in the same year.

Kim maintains close links with the mathematics teaching profession through her research. She was President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers from 2012-14 and awarded Life Membership of that organisation in 2017. Her tertiary teaching expertise was recognised by a UTAS Teaching Excellence Award in 2006 and, in 2008, an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. She received the Research Award of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia in 2014.