Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science and Engineering
Office: SCI 387
Phone: (415) 338-1654
Kim Coble (aka “AstroKim”) is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, after living in Chicago for more than two decades and growing up on the east coast, in Columbia, MD. She is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at SFSU, with expertise in physics and astronomy education researchand extensive experience teaching reformed introductory physics and astronomy classes. Her research centers on understanding students’ ideas about modern topics in science(such as cosmology, her former path in life), recognizing the strengths that diverse learners bring to the classroom and to STEM professions, and creating innovative, active learning environments that engage students in realistic scientific practices. She is currently the chair ofthe Education Committee of the American Astronomical Society(AAS) and serves on the Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy. She was a member of the AAS Task Force on Diversityand Inclusion in Graduate Astronomy Education, served on the Committee on Diversityof the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)and was an organizer of the Inclusive Astronomy 2015 conference. At SFSU she is the director for the Learning Assistant program,a member of the Faculty Agents of Change, as well asa faculty collaborator for the Center for Science and Math Education.She was formerly a Professor at Chicago State University, anNSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellow, and obtained her PhDfrom the University of Chicago and Bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania.