Emeritus 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. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 8-11 December 2013. Nathan, QLD, Australia: Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University.

  • 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. Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL, Lund, Sweden, 29-31 August 2012. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford Brookes University.

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

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  • 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. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 8-11 December 2013. Nathan, QLD, Australia: Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University.

  • 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. Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL, Lund, Sweden, 29-31 August 2012. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford Brookes University.

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

  • 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. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, 3 - 5 December 2012. Melbourne, Australia: Swinburne University of Technology.

  • 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. SEFI 40th Annual Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 23 - 26 September 2012. Brussels, Belgium: SEFI.

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

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

  • 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. 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Fremantle, WA, Australia, 5-7 December 2011. Barton, ACT, Australia: Engineers Australia.

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

  • 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. 40th Annual Australasian Chemical and Process Engineering Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 26-29 September 2010. Barton, ACT, Australia: Engineers Australia.

  • Godfrey, Elizabeth, Crosthwaite, Caroline and King, Robin (2010). Optimizing retention in engineering education: What are realistic targets for diverse institutions?. 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. FIE 2010: 40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA, U.S.A., 27-30 October 2010. San Diego, CA, U.S.A.: IEEE Education Society. doi: 10.1109/FIE.2010.5673625

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

  • Jolly, Lesley, Crosthwaite, Caroline and Brown, Lizzie (2009). Building on strength, understanding weakness: Realistic evaluation and program review. AAEE09: 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 6-9 December 2009. Adelaide, SA, Australia: School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide.

  • 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. 18th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE 18), Lyon, France, 1-4 June 2008. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 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. 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. 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand, 10-13 December 2006. Auckland, New Zealand: Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

  • 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. 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. 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. 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the g, Glasgow, Scotland, 10-14 July 2005. Scotland: IChemE.

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. and Cameron, I. T. (2005). Project centred-learning in Chemical Engineering - an Australian perspective. International Conference on Engineering Education - Global Education Interlink, Gliwice, Poland, 25-29 July 2005. Gliwice, Poland: Silesian University of Technology.

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

  • Crosthwaite, C. A. and Simmons, J. M. (2003). Curriculum Diversity in a Common First Year. 14th Annual AAEE Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, 29 September - 1 October 2003. Australia: Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

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

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

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

  • Jolly, L., Radcliffe, D., Crosthwaite, Caroline Anne and Humphries, J. (2002). Implementing Graduate Attributes. 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. 13th Annual Conference for Australasian Association for Enginm, Canberra, 30 September - 2 October. Canberra: I. E. Australia.

  • Rounsefell, B., Crosthwaite, C. A. and Petelin, R. M. (2002). Written Communication Skills - A Graduate Outcome of Process Engineering Education?. Leadership in Learning: Learning in Leadership, Rydges Canberra, ACT, 30/09/02 - 02/20/02. Canberra, ACT: Australasian Association for Engineering.

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

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