I obtained my PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in the area of Convex Sets with Lattice Point Constraints. Following my PhD, I was a mathematics lecturer at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2012, I joined UQ as a teaching focused academic in the School of Mathematics and Physics.
I have extensive teaching and administrative experience at the secondary-tertiary interface. Prior to my PhD, I taught senior high school mathematics in Singapore, where, as head of the mathematics department, I oversaw the delivery of the senior high school mathematics curriculum for over 2000 students. In my current role as Director of First Year Mathematics, I have led and implemented course improvements. These include the development of a comprehensive range of graded learning resources for key first year mathematics courses and specific initiatives to address the secondary-tertiary mathematics transition. One such initiative that has been especially rewarding is the Support Learning Tutorial (SLT), an intervention program that I designed and implemented to support at-risk first year students. SLT students have consistently outperformed the general cohort in pass rates and quality of results. Another significant initiative which I led is the MATH1051 (Calculus and Linear Algebra I) UQ2U Blended Learning Project. This project introduced changes to the delivery of MATH1051 in 2019, through the integration of online and high-value on-campus activities. A key innovation is the creation of a complete set of videos for MATH1051 and the implementation of collaborative workshops. The success of the MATH1051 project has led to the subsequent redesign of several large first year mathematics courses.
The impact of my teaching and research has been recognised through eight teaching awards (five UQ and three national awards). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Fellowship (SFHEA) and 2022 Australian University Teacher of the Year.
Awards and Fellowships
Conference Publication: Transforming first year maths –opening doors to success
Hillock, Poh (2023). Transforming first year maths –opening doors to success. CETL-MSOR, Cardiff, Wales, 7 - 8 September 2023.
Conference Publication: Reimagining first year mathematics
Hillock, Poh Wah (2023). Reimagining first year mathematics. South East Asia Conference on Education, Singapore, 10-13 February 2023.
Conference Publication: Course transformation in first year mathematics – a phased approach
Hillock, Poh Wah (2022). Course transformation in first year mathematics – a phased approach. 66th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 6-9 December 2022.
Assessment in first year mathematics
Design of assessment tasks which provide students with frequent and meaningful feedback, facilitating reflection, self-assessment and independent learning; Peer-assessment in first year mathematics.
Special topics in first year mathematics
Teaching and learning of special topics in first year mathematics, e.g. series, power series, vector spaces.
First year mathematics support
Effective programs to support students in first year mathematics.
Hillock, Poh Wah (2020). Amazzzing bees!. Australian Mathematics Education Journal, 2 (3), 41-44.
Hillock, Poh Wah (2019). Mathematics support matters. Teaching Mathematics, 44 (1), 14-16.
A support learning programme for first-year mathematics*
Hillock, Poh Wah and Khan, R. Nazim (2019). A support learning programme for first-year mathematics*. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 50 (7), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/0020739X.2019.1656830
Hillock, Poh Wah (2018). Well begun is half done!. Teaching Mathematics, 43 (1), 11-12.
A mathematics support programme for first-year engineering students
Hillock, Poh Wah, Jennings, Michael, Roberts, Anthony and Scharaschkin, Victor (2013). A mathematics support programme for first-year engineering students. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44 (7), 1030-1044. doi: 10.1080/0020739X.2013.823251
Inequalities for lattice constrained planar convex sets.
Hillock, Poh Wah and Scott, Paul R. (2002). Inequalities for lattice constrained planar convex sets.. Journal of Inequalities in Pure and Applied Mathematics, 3 (2), 23.1-23.20.
Scott, Paul R. and Awyong, Poh Wah (2000). Inequalities for convex sets. Journal of Inequalities in Pure and Applied Mathematics, 1 (1) 6.
Circumradius-diameter and width-irradius relations for lattice constrained convex sets
Awyong, Poh Wah and Scott, Paul R. (1999). Circumradius-diameter and width-irradius relations for lattice constrained convex sets. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 59 (1), 147-152. doi: 10.1017/S0004972700032706
Awyong, Poh Wah (1999). An inequality relating the circumradius and diameter of two-dimensional lattice-point-free convex bodies. American Mathematical Monthly, 106 (3), 252-255. doi: 10.2307/2589680
Inradius and circumradius for planar convex bodies containing no lattice points
Scott, P. R. and Awyong, P. W. (1999). Inradius and circumradius for planar convex bodies containing no lattice points. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 59 (1), 163-168.
The use of maple in first year undergraduate mathematics
Cheng, Ang Keng and Wah, Awyong Poh (1999). The use of maple in first year undergraduate mathematics. The Mathematics Educator, 4 (1), 87-96.
Note on lattice-point-free convex bodies
Awyong, Poh Wah, Henk, Marti and Scott, Paul R. (1998). Note on lattice-point-free convex bodies. Monatshefte Fur Mathematik, 126 (1), 7-12. doi: 10.1007/BF01312452
Convex sets with lattice point constraints
Awyong, Poh Wah (1997). Convex sets with lattice point constraints. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 56 (1), 161-163. doi: 10.1017/S0004972700030835
New inequalities for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints
Awyong, Poh Wah and Scott, Paul R. (1996). New inequalities for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 54 (3), 391-396. doi: 10.1017/S0004972700021808
Width-diameter relations for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints
Awyong, Poh Wah and Scott, Paul R. (1996). Width-diameter relations for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 53 (3), 469-478. doi: 10.1017/S0004972700017238
On the Maximal Circumradius of a Planar Convex Set Containing One Lattice Point
Awyong, Poh W. and Scott, Paul R. (1995). On the Maximal Circumradius of a Planar Convex Set Containing One Lattice Point. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, 52 (1), 137-151.
Transforming first year maths –opening doors to success
Hillock, Poh (2023). Transforming first year maths –opening doors to success. CETL-MSOR, Cardiff, Wales, 7 - 8 September 2023.
Reimagining first year mathematics
Hillock, Poh Wah (2023). Reimagining first year mathematics. South East Asia Conference on Education, Singapore, 10-13 February 2023.
Course transformation in first year mathematics – a phased approach
Hillock, Poh Wah (2022). Course transformation in first year mathematics – a phased approach. 66th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 6-9 December 2022.
Redesigning lectures for flexible learning in first year mathematics
Hillock, Poh Wah (2022). Redesigning lectures for flexible learning in first year mathematics. Students Transtions Achievement Retention & Success (STARS), Online, 4-6 July 2022.
Collaborative workshops in a large first year mathematics course
Hillock, Poh Wah (2021). Collaborative workshops in a large first year mathematics course. 2021 Student Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS) Conference , Online, 5-9 July 2021. Online: Jason Thomas Events .
Course redesign for flexible delivery and increased engagement
Hillock, Poh Wah and Ponce Campuzano, Juan Carlos (2021). Course redesign for flexible delivery and increased engagement. Herenga Delta Conference 2021 , Online, 22-25 November 2021.
Online delivery of first year maths: challenges and opportunities
Hillock, Poh (2020). Online delivery of first year maths: challenges and opportunities. 64th Australian Mathematical Society Meeting, University of New England, NSW, Australia, 8-11 December 2020.
Blended learning in a large first year mathematics course
Hillock, Poh Wah (2019). Blended learning in a large first year mathematics course. 63rd Australian Mathematical Society Meeting, Clayton, VIC Australia, 3-6 December 2019.
A support learning program for first year mathematics
Hillock, Poh Wah (2018). A support learning program for first year mathematics. STARS, Auckland, New Zealand, 8 - 11 July 2018. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Queensland University of Technology.
Geometric inequalities for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints
Awyong, Poh Wah (1998). Geometric inequalities for planar convex sets with lattice point constraints. Convex and Discrete Geometry, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 27 August - 2 September 1998.
A mathematics support program for first year engineering students
Hillock, Poh Wah, Roberts, Anthony, Grotowski, Joseph, Jennings, Michael, Kavanagh, Lydia and Scharschkin, Victor (2013). A mathematics support program for first year engineering students. Brisbane, QLD Australia: School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland.
Developing a profile of student performance in large classes
Hillock, Poh Wah, Roberts, Anthony, Grotowski, Joseph, Jennings, Michael and Scharaschkin, Victor (2012). Developing a profile of student performance in large classes. Brisbane, QLD Australia: School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland.
Convex sets with lattice point constraints
Awyong, Poh Wah (1996). Convex sets with lattice point constraints. PhD Thesis, Department of Pure Mathematics, The University of Adelaide.
Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.
Assessment in first year mathematics
Design of assessment tasks which provide students with frequent and meaningful feedback, facilitating reflection, self-assessment and independent learning; Peer-assessment in first year mathematics.
Special topics in first year mathematics
Teaching and learning of special topics in first year mathematics, e.g. series, power series, vector spaces.
First year mathematics support
Effective programs to support students in first year mathematics.
Blended learning in first year mathematics
Effectiveness of hybrid models in the delivery of first year mathematics.
Building community in first year mathematics
There is a large body of research which tells us that belonging enhances achievement & motivation. First year at university is challenging for many students: there are new ways of learning, new physical and social environments, high expectations and the list goes on. How can we promote community/sense of belonging in first year mathematics?
Evaluating Mathematics Support Centres
A Mathematics Support Centre (MSC) is a facility which provides mathematics support outside of a student’s regular program. The growth of MSCs in tertiary institutions worldwide can be attributed to several factors: increased quantitative demands in many tertiary courses, widening pathways to university resulting in diverse mathematical backgrounds of incoming tertiary students, high attrition rates in quantitative disciplines, removal of mathematics prerequisites and/or assumed knowledge from many courses.
Evaluation of MSCs is critical in order to ensure best practice, to make sure that services are meeting the needs of students and to make the case for continued funding.