Professor Roy Tasker

Professor Roy Tasker

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit School Of Science

Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health


After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1978 he obtained his PhD in synthetic inorganic chemistry at the University of Otago in 1982. Following teaching positions at Brisbane Grammar School, the University of Tasmania, and the University of Adelaide, he was appointed as a Foundation Lecturer at the then Nepean CAE in 1985, that later evolved into the University of Western Sydney. After promotion to Professor of Chemistry Education in 2011, he served as Provost for the Hawkesbury Campus from 2012 - 2015. Roy retired in August 2015 and is presently a tenured Professor of Chemistry with an active research program ( at Purdue University. He maintains his contact with Western Sydney University as an Adjunct Professor.

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  • PhD University of Otago
  • DipEd University of Queensland
  • BSc University of Queensland


  • Use of visualization in science education, particularly visualizing the molecular world in chemistry.

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School Of Science
  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health



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Chapters in Books

  • Lawrie, G., Wright, A., Schultz, M., Dargaville, T., Tasker, R., Williams, M., Bedford, S., O'Brien, G. and Thompson, C. (2015), 'Closing the loop : a model for inter-institutional collaboration through delivering formative assessment in large, first-year STEM classes', Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, Purdue University Press 9781557537249.
  • Tasker, R. (2005), 'Using Multimedia to Visualise the Molecular World: Educational Theory into Practice', Chemists' Guide to Effective Teaching, Prentice Hall 0131493922.

Journal Articles

  • Williamson, V., Lane, S., Gilbreath, T., Tasker, R., Ashkenazi, G., Williamson, K. and MacFarlane, R. (2012), 'The effect of viewing order of macroscopic and particulate visualizations on students particulate explanations', Journal of Chemical Education, vol 89, no 8 , pp 979 - 987.
  • Tasker, R. and Dalton, R. (2006), 'Research into practice: Visualisation of the molecular world using animations', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, vol 7, no 2 , pp 141 - 159.
  • Velazquez-Marcano, A., Williamson, V., Ashkenazi, G., Tasker, R. and Williamson, K. (2004), 'The use of video demonstrations and particulate animation in general chemistry', Journal of Science Education and Technology, vol 13, no 3 , pp 315 - 323.

Conference Papers

  • Tasker, R., Yeung, A., Schmid, S. and Miller, J. (2005), 'The Influence of Student Engagement with Online Pre-laboratory Work Modules on Academic Performance in First Year Chemistry', UniServe Science Blended Learning in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Sydney.
  • Tasker, R., Miller, J., Kemmett, C. and Bedgood, D. (2003), 'Analysis of Student Engagement with Online Chemistry Modules Using Tracking Data', 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computersin Learning in Tertiary Education, University of Adelaide.
  • Dalton, R., Tasker, R. and Ssleet, R. (2001), 'Representations as a Learning Strategy in Chemistry', Proceedings of the Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Workshop, .
  • Dalton, R., Tasker, R. and Sleet, R. (2001), 'Research into Practice: Using Molecular Representations as a Learning Strategy in Chemistry', Proceedings of the Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Workshop, University of Sydney.

Current Projects

Title: Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Enhance Students Science Visualisation [via Curtin]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Years: 2019-06-28 - 2022-06-27
ID: P00025635

Previous Projects

Title: Design principles for effective molecular visualisations in chemistry
  • National Science Foundation, USA
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Years: 2005-01-01 - 2007-12-31
ID: P0014174
Title: Tasker VisChem R & D
  • Linkwest
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Years: 2000-06-18 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0013294
Title: MediaChem - action research, development and commercialization of an e-learning program in undergraduate chemistry
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Years: 2002-05-10 - 2004-11-25
ID: P0011422
Title: Crossing thresholds in secondary school biology
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross, Roy Tasker and Betty Gill
Years: 2009-08-13 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00017132


Professor Tasker is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Previous Supervision

Field of Research: Education
Thesis Title: Evaluation of the Molecular Level Visualisation Approach for Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Thailand
Field of Research: Chemical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified; Education; Other Natural And Physical Sciences

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