Dr Dale Adams

Started at UWA: 2013

Award-winning teacher exploring the philosophy and history of the German language

It is an incredible privilege for me to not only have been able to turn my passion into my career, but that I get to engage with students, communicate my passion to them and help them develop their own interests and abilities.

Dr Dale Adams


Dr Dale Adams is a lecturer in German language, literature and culture and Deputy Head of Education (Enterprise) for the School of Humanities at UWA. He sees teaching and research as not only one of the most important things a person can do, but one of the most rewarding.

Dr Adams is passionate about German language, culture, history and literature and is deeply convinced of their value, both across the humanities and in mathematics and science.

In addition to teaching German language, literature and culture at all levels, Dr Adams’ research focuses on the interactions between literature, mathematics and science. He serves as the Deputy Head of Education (Enterprise) within the School of Humanities.


  • Master of Arts at Ruprecht-Karls-University in 2003
  • Master of Arts from Dalhousie University in Canada
  • PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2009

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UWA Vice-Chancellor's Award for consistent excellence in teaching, 2017

UWA School of Humanities Teaching Award, 2014

Research projects

Dr Adams’ research focuses on the philosophy and history of the mathematical theory of probability. He is conducting a major interdisciplinary research project that aims to analyse the reception of mathematical probability in German language literature from the 1800s onwards.

His research seeks to demonstrate that German literature has recorded, critiqued and assimilated the ways in which probabilistic models have radically transformed our notions of evidence, certainty and causality, and even our very definitions of ‘rational’ and ‘normal’. In so doing, it has both chronicled and participated in the (often controversial) debates as to the nature of probability itself and the question of what it actually measures.


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