Marcia Knutt - on leave

Dr. Marcia Knutt


Director, Freshman Program
Department of Bioresource Engineering
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9

Tel.: 514-398-7976
marcia.knutt [at] (Dr. Knutt)


  • 1994, Ph.D. in High-Energy Theoretical Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
  • 1985, M.A. in Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
  • 1984, H.B.Sc. in Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Professional and Teaching Experience

  • 2006-present, Faculty Lecturer, Department of Bioresource Engineering, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, QC, Canada
  • 2003-2006 Course Lecturer, Physics Dept., McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1998-2006, Physics Faculty, Science Dept., Marianopolis College, Montreal, QC Canada
  • 1997-1999, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics Dept., McGill University, QC, Canada
  • 1996-1997, John Charles Polanyi Fellow, Physics Dept., University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

Professional Activities and Contributions

Currently, Dr. Knutt’s primary interest as Director of the Freshman Program is in research on higher education teaching - specifically, mathematics and physics teaching and learning methods at the college and university level.

Dr. Knutt has worked in conjunction with members of the Tomlinson University Science Teaching Project, on the design for webpages that organize the most suitable Physics and Chemistry resources (publications, websites, etc.) for introducing faculty to science education research and assisting them in the teaching of their courses.

She has also participated in the 2003 project Successful Strategies for Learning in Engineering, the results of which can be found here.


  • AEPH 112 Introductory Physics 1
  • AEPH 113 Physics 1
  • AEPH 114 Introductory Physics 2
  • AEPH 115 Physics 2
  • AEMA 202 Intermediate Calculus
  • AEMA 305 Differential Equations
  • BREE 103 Linear Algebra
  • BREE 319 Engineering Mathematics

Past Research

Dr. Knutt has done research in the area of theoretical high energy physics which attempts to uncover the unifying framework for the particles making up matter and the fundamental forces of nature (electromagnetism, the strong and weak forces, and gravity). A list of her publications is available here: Publications

Other Interests and Activities

Jazz dance; Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis; beading; hiking and trekking around the world; collecting pig and hippo figurines.