Kevin Hewitt Bio

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science

Dr. Hewitt is an Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Acting Chair of Senate (2015-16) at Dalhousie University. In February 2016 he was first elected Chair of Senate for a full term (2016-2019) and subsequently re-elected for a further three year term in 2019. In the classroom, Dr. Hewitt strives to link Physics to the everyday lives of the learner.
Following a one year post-doc, he became a faculty member in 2001. Dr. Hewitt has also held visiting professor positions at Laurentian University, Universidade do Valedo Paraíba, Stanford University, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Simon Fraser University, and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Dr. Hewitt completed his B. Sc., Physics Specialist & Biology Major, University of Toronto (UofT) (1992) and was active in student politics and received the UofT Physics prize. In graduate school at Simon Fraser University, he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. He married his deep and abiding interest in science and community engagement at Dalhousie by co-founding the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university; a program he grew from a small room in the Physics building to a provincial program with an annual budget approaching $0.5M. These contributions have been recognized by a Youth Community Service Award (1999), Science Champion Finalist (2008, 2011, 2012) and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014).
Dr. Hewitt has attracted more than $3M in research funding, published over 30 papers, delivered over 60 invited presentations in Canada, US and Brazil; universities in China, Ethiopia, the US and Canada; and supervised numerous students.  He is co-inventor of an instrument to diagnose liver steatosis.
Dr. Hewitt was elected to positions on the Canadian Association of Physicists and the American Physical Society and has a history of establishing innovative programs and organizations serving the African Canadian community.