Professor Caroline Crosthwaite

First Year Engineering Advisor

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

Professor Caroline Crosthwaite BE(Hons), MEngSt (UQ), MSc. (JCU). Associate Dean (Academic) Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology, University of Queensland. Caroline is a chemical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in engineering education and curriculum innovation. She has been involved in teaching, curriculum design and the development of student centred learning practices in engineering. She has published widely on project centred engineering education and has won UQ and national AAUT and AAEE awards for enhancement of student learning. Through the Associate Dean role Caroline champions teaching and learning innovation and development and active learning. Recent projects include the implementation of the Engineers without Borders National Design Challenge as part of the first year core engineering curriculum at UQ, and the development of Immersive Learning Environments in engineering using Virtual Reality . Caroline led the has recently completed Office of Learning & Teaching sponsored evaluation in 13 Australasian universities on the adoption of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge projects into first-year curricula as a model for widespread curriculum renewal in engineering education. Caroline has also led national work by the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and other engineering organisations investigating attrition and retention in Bachelor of Engineering degrees in Australia. She consults nationally and internationally on engineering education and curriculum redesign which includes work with IChemE in Malaysia, Imperial College London and Purdue University USA.

Research Interests

  • Engineering education
    Engineering curriculum design including project centered curriculum approaches, active student learning including team based approaches and peer assessment, engineering student engagement, retention, attrition, teaching and learning staff development, women in engineering

Qualifications

  • Master of Science, James Cook University
  • M Eng St, The University of Queensland
  • B Eng, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Papinczak, Tracey, Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Reidsema, Carl and Crosthwaite, Caroline (2013). Do as I say, not as I do: professional development of academics lacks contextualisation and sensitivity to discipline. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 8-11 December 2013.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Brodie, Lyn, Prpic, Juliana Kaya, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2013). Improving teaching with research: the role for theory-driven evaluation. In: Chris Rust, Improving Student Learning: Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium. Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL, Lund, Sweden, (52-66). 29-31 August 2012.

  • Crosthwaite, Caroline, Jolly, Lesley, Kavanagh, Lydia, Brodie, Lyn, Buys, Laurie and Turner, Jennifer (2012). Curriculum design and higher order skills: challenging assumptions. In: Conference Proceedings for EE2012 - Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education (EE2012), Coventry, United Kingdom, (). 18-20 September 2012.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Crosthwaite, C A and Cameron, I T (2006). Project Centered Learning in Chemical Engineering: An Australian Perspective. In Win Aung, Caroline Crosthwaite, Ramon Vasquez Espinosa, Jerzy Moscinski, Chan-Hwei Ou and Luis Manuel Sanchez Ruiz (Ed.), Innovations 2006: World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research (pp. 95-105) USA: iNEER.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Papinczak, Tracey, Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Reidsema, Carl and Crosthwaite, Caroline (2013). Do as I say, not as I do: professional development of academics lacks contextualisation and sensitivity to discipline. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 8-11 December 2013.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Brodie, Lyn, Prpic, Juliana Kaya, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2013). Improving teaching with research: the role for theory-driven evaluation. In: Chris Rust, Improving Student Learning: Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium. Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL, Lund, Sweden, (52-66). 29-31 August 2012.

  • Crosthwaite, Caroline, Jolly, Lesley, Kavanagh, Lydia, Brodie, Lyn, Buys, Laurie and Turner, Jennifer (2012). Curriculum design and higher order skills: challenging assumptions. In: Conference Proceedings for EE2012 - Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education (EE2012), Coventry, United Kingdom, (). 18-20 September 2012.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Brodie, Lyn, Prpic, Juliana Kaya, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2012). Curriculum development and educational research: the barriers to good practice and what to do about them. In: Llewellyn Mann and Scott Daniel, AAEE 2012 Conference Proceedings. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, (98-106). 3 - 5 December 2012.

  • Crosthwaite, C., Jolly, L., Brodie, L., Kavanagh, L. and Buys, L. (2012). Making principled decisions about curriculum development: outcomes of a Realist evaluation across 13 universities. In: SEFI 40th Annual Conference proceedings. SEFI 40th Annual Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, (61.1-61.7). 23 - 26 September 2012.

  • Crosthwaite, Caroline and Kavanagh, Lydia (2012). Supporting transition, engagement and retention in first year engineering. In: Conference Proceedings for EE2012 - Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education (EE2012), Coventry, United Kingdom, (). 18-20 September 2012.

  • Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Papinczak, Tracey, Reidsema, Carl and Crosthwaite, Caroline (2012). The Teaching and Learning Development Program: an opportunity to excel?. In: Llewellyn Mann and Scott Daniel, AAEE 2012 Conference Proceedings. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, (591-599). 3 - 5 December 2012.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Brodie, Lyn, Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2011). The impact of curriculum content in fostering inclusive engineering: Data from a national evaluation of the use of EWB projects in first year engineering. In: Yasir M. Al-Abdeli and Euan Lindsay, Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference. 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Fremantle, WA, Australia, (203-209). 5-7 December 2011.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Kavanagh, Lydia and Crosthwaite, Caroline A. (2010). An evaluation of the EWB challenge-implications for future curriculum change.. In: Anne Gardner and Lesley Jolly, Proceedings of the 21 Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. 21 Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education & 2010 Fall CD10 Collaborators' Meeting, University of Technology, Sydney, (16-17). 5-8 December 2010.

  • Shallcross, David, Lukey, Grant, Cameron, Ian, Crosthwaite, Carolyn, Maynard, Nicoleta, Tade, Moses and Kavanagh, John (2010). An immersive and interactive virtual reality learning environment based on the Coogee energy methanol plant. In: Chemeca2010. 40th Annual Australasian Chemical and Process Engineering Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (1-9). 26-29 September 2010.

  • Godfrey, Elizabeth, Crosthwaite, Caroline and King, Robin (2010). Optimizing retention in engineering education: What are realistic targets for diverse institutions?. In: 9th Annual ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Singapore, Singapore, (). 18-21 October 2010.

  • Godfrey, Elizabeth, Aubrey, Tim, Crosthwaite, Caroline and King, Robin (2010). Who leaves and when do they go? Retention and attrition in engineering education. In: Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2010 IEEE Proceedings. FIE 2010: 40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA, U.S.A., (F3E-1-F3E-6). 27-30 October 2010. doi:10.1109/FIE.2010.5673625

  • Crosthwaite, Caroline, Jolly, Lesley and Brown, Lizzie (2009). A program logic approach to evaluating educational innovations. In: Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2009. REES 2009: The 2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Palm Cove, QLD, Australia, (). 20-23 July 2009.

  • Jolly, Lesley, Crosthwaite, Caroline and Brown, Lizzie (2009). Building on strength, understanding weakness: Realistic evaluation and program review. In: Colin Kestell, Steven Grainger and John Cheung, Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Engineering the Curriculum. AAEE09: 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (911-917). 6-9 December 2009.

  • Norton, Christine, Cameron, Ian, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Balliu, Nicoleta, Tade, Moses, Shallcross, David, Hoadley, Andrew, Bartone, Geoff and Kavanagh, John (2008). Enhancing the Understanding and Insights of Students and Industry Operators in Process Engineering Principles via Immersive 3D Environments. In: Bertrand Braunschweig and Xavier Joulia, 18th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering. 18th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE 18), Lyon, France, (1175-1180). 1-4 June 2008. doi:10.1016/S1570-7946(08)80202-7

  • Cameron, Ian, Norton, Christine, Crosthwaite, Caroline, Balliu, Nicoleta, Tade, Moses, Shallcross, David, Hoadley, Andrew and Barton, Geoff (2007). Development and Deployment of an Immersive Learning Environment for Enhancing Process Systems Engineering Concepts. In: Chemeca 2007: Academia and Industry Strengthening the Profession, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, (). 23-26 September 2007.

  • Crosthwaite, Caroline and Cameron, Ian (2006). Changing a culture: Project centred curriculum. In: G. Rowe and G. Reid, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Creativity, Challenge, Change; Partnerships in Engineering Education. 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand, (150-159). 10-13 December 2006.

  • O'Brien, M., Byers, H. K., Huber, T. L., Jacobsen, I., Bulmer, M., Burgh, G., Crosthwaite, C. A., Harrison, J. and Hughes, C. P. (2005). Actualising research-led teaching and learning within university curriculum. In: Challenging issues for teaching and learning in 21st century. Effective Teaching and Learning Conference, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, (). 3-4 November, 2005.

  • Cameron, I.T., Crosthwaite, C. A., Donaldson, A., Samsudi, H. and Fry, M. (2005). An Immersive Learning Environment for Process Engineering using Real Time VR. In: 33rd Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference : CHEMECA 2005 : smart solutions, doing more with less. 33rd Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference : CHEMECA 2005 : smart solutions, doing more with less, Brisbane, Australia, (). 25-28 September 2005.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. and Cameron, I. T. (2005). Process and content - in pursuit of graduate attributes. In: 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering. 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the g, Glasgow, Scotland, (1-10). 10-14 July 2005.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. and Cameron, I. T. (2005). Project centred-learning in Chemical Engineering - an Australian perspective. In: Jerzy Moscinski and Marcin Maciazek, International Conference on Engineering Education - Global Education Interlink. International Conference on Engineering Education - Global Education Interlink, Gliwice, Poland, (361-387). 25-29 July 2005.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. (2003). An early introduction to simulation in a process systems analysis course. In: AIChE, AIChE '03 Annual Meeting. AIChE '03 Annual Meeting, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, USA, (1-1). 16-21 November 2003.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. and Simmons, J. M. (2003). Curriculum Diversity in a Common First Year. In: A Brown, 14th Annual AAEE Conference. 14th Annual AAEE Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, (369-374). 29 September - 1 October 2003.

  • Litster, J. D., Lant, P. A., Crosthwaite, C. A. and Cameron, I. T. (2003). Embedding graduate attributes development using project centred curriculum. In: AIChE, AIChE '03 Annual Meeting. AIChE '03 Annual Meeting, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, USA, (1-1). 16-21 November 2003.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A., Humphries, J., Jolly, L. and Radcliffe, D. F. (2003). Starting to Belong: an O-Week Introduction to Engineering & Sustainability. In: A Brown, 14th Annual AAEE Conference. 14th Annual AAEE Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, (103-108). 29 September - 1 October 2003.

  • Radcliffe, D. F., Crosthwaite, C. A. and Jolly, L. (2002). Catalyzing cultural change in a research intensive University. In: Jakubowski and Gerald S., Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, (1-7). Jun1 16-19, 2002.

  • Jolly, L., Radcliffe, D., Crosthwaite, Caroline Anne and Humphries, J. (2002). Implementing Graduate Attributes. In: 13th Annual Conference and Convention Australian Association of Engineering Education, Canberra, Australia, (). 30 September - 2 October 2002.

  • Jolly, L., Crosthwaite, C. A. and Radcliffe, D. F. (2002). Undergraduate student perceptions of engineering. In: G. Burrowes, P. Roberts, M. Pettigrove, K. Shankar and A. Whichello, 13th Annual Conference for Australasian Association for Engineering Education and 8th Australasian Women in Engineering Forum. 13th Annual Conference for Australasian Association for Enginm, Canberra, (165-170). 30 September - 2 October.

  • Rounsefell, B., Crosthwaite, C. A. and Petelin, R. M. (2002). Written Communication Skills - A Graduate Outcome of Process Engineering Education?. In: K. Shanker and G. Burrowes, 13th Annual Conference for Australasian Association for Engineering Education and 8th Australasian Women in Engineering Forum. Leadership in Learning: Learning in Leadership, Rydges Canberra, ACT, (101-105). 30/09/02 - 02/20/02.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A., Cameron, I. T. and Lant, P. A. (2001). Curriculum Design for Chemical Engineering Graduate Attributes. In: D. G. Wood, World Congress of Chemical Engineering. World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne, (). 23rd - 27th September.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A., Cameron, I. T. and Lant, P. A. (2000). Curriculum Design for Chemical Engineering Graduate Attributes. In: Effective Teaching and Learning at University: Effective Teaching Conference. Effective Teaching and Learning Conference 2000, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, (). 9 - 10 November 2000.