Robert MacDonald

Sessional Lecturer, Physics P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8210


Rob is a sessional instructor of Physics, Statistics, Computing Science and Mathematics. He completed his PhD in Subatomic Physics at the University of Alberta in 2008, worked as a Postdoc in particle physics and dark matter research, and has been teaching as a sessional instructor at The King’s University since 2011. Currently Rob is also serving as technical support and designer at The King's Centre for Visualization in Science, and coordinator of The King’s Math Help Centre. A common thread in his teaching and research is how we decide what to include in the models we make, and what we leave out.

Research interests

  • Interactive visualizations in science education
  • Rich context learning tools for undergraduate physics
  • Statistical modelling in education research
  • Particle physics and dark matter


Selected publications

As lead author:

          • R.P. MacDonald et al. (TWIST collaboration), A Precision Measurement of the Muon Decay Parameters rho and delta. Physical Review D 78, 032010 (2008)

As collaboration member:

          • Archambault et al. (PICASSO Collaboration), Constraints on low-mass WIMP interactions on 19F from PICASSO. Physics Letters B711:153-161 (2012)
          • Hillairet et al. (TWIST Collaboration), Precision muon decay measurements and improved constraints on the weak interaction. Physical Review D 85, 092013 (2012)

PhD, Physics, University of Alberta, 2008
M.Sc., Physics, University of Alberta, 2001
B.Sc., Physics Honours (with distinction), University of Victoria, 1999