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Dr Sarah Barns
Math, Science and IT Educator (Specialist in Mathematics)
Learning & Teaching Unit,
Student Success Group
Associate Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Discipline *
Applied Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma of Science (Mathematics) (University of Southern Qld)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Sarah is a Maths Educator within the Student Success Group, providing student support in the form of one-to-one consultations, drop-in sessions, face-to-face workshops and the development of online resources for embedding into units. As part of this role, Sarah is performing research into student success focusing on blended learning design, learning analytics for automated tailored feedback, and predictive modelling of student retention.

Sarah is also an Associate Lecturer within the School of Mathematical Sciences, unit coordinating and lecturing MXB100 Introductory Calculus and Algebra. She has recently completed her PhD in engineering/applied maths which investigated red blood cell shape and deformability from a mechanical perspective using numerical modelling techniques.

Prior to taking on her current roles, Sarah was a  Sessional Academic in Mechanical Engineering with extensive tutoring, demonstrating and lecturing experience. Her commitment to learning and teaching has been recognised by a number of awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2017, Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2015 and 2016, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and winning the Most Inspiring Practice Award for her presentation entitled “Bridging the Understanding Gap: Engineering Dynamics through Video Solutions” at the 2016 Sessional Teaching and Reflection Showcase (STARS).

(Updated August 2018)

This information has been contributed by Dr Sarah Barns.


History of Units Taught:
EGB113 | Energy in Engineering Systems | (Tutor) 2015
EGB121 | Engineering Mechanics | (Tutor) 2015, (Lead Tutor) 2016, 2017
ENB130 | Mechanical and Thermal Energy | (Tutor) 2011, 2012
ENB150 | Engineering Design | (Tutor) 2010, 2012, 2014
ENB211/EGB211 | Dynamics | (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2011, 2012, (Lead Tutor and/or Guest Lecturer) 2015, 2016, 2017
ENB221/EGB323 | Fluid Mechanics | (Demonstrator) 2012, (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2017
ENB313 | Automatic Control Systems | (Tutor & Demonstrator) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
EGH421 | Vibration & Control | (Blended Learning Resource Development) 2017
BSB123 | Data Analysis | (Blended Learning Resource Development) 2018
MXB100 | Introductory Calculus & Algebra | (Unit Coordinator/Lecturer) 2018

Major Teaching Awards:
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2017
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence 
| 2017 | Sessional Academic Category
Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (Team) 
| 2016
Winner of Most Inspiring Practice Award | 2016 | Sessional Teaching & Reflection Showcase (STARS)
Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award (Individual) | 2015
Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2015

This information has been contributed by Dr Sarah Barns.


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