Mary Kay Hemenway

Mary Kay Hemenway
Contact Information
Organization:Department of Astronomy (retired)
Phone Number: 512-467-87703
Social Media:
Twitter: marykay877

Mary Kay Hemenway is an internationally recognized expert on creating and implementing innovative science teacher-training programs, and on using science as a catalyst to improve teaching and curricula from K-16. She formally retired in August 2012, and assumed the title of Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin through August 2016. She served as President of Division C (Education, Outreach and Heritage) of the International Astronomical Union from 2012-2015, and currently serves as an advisor to the Division. In 2003, she was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame for Science, Mathematics and Technology. Awarded the 2009 Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society, she also received the Klumpke-Roberts Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2013. Hemenway came to The University of Texas at Austin in 1974. She received her B.S. in Physics from Notre Dame of Ohio and her Ph. D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia. She was the Department of Astronomy’s Director of Educational Services from 1980 to 2012; and was appointed Associate Director of the Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (ISME) from 1993-1996 by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. She carried out federally supported programs with national, state, and local K-12 school science teachers, and taught a variety of astronomy classes at the university. She worked with the education team of McDonald Observatory to prepare and present teacher professional development workshops and to design materials for the student field experience program.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Astrophysics
My Professional Societies:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
American Astronomical Society
International Astronomical Union
Science Teachers Association of Texas

My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

A list of selected publications is available at