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2010 Election Candidates

Steven Iona

Steve Iona

University of Denver, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2112 E. Wesley Ave., Denver, CO 80208

siona@du.edu

Education

S.B., (Mathematics) University of Chicago (1974), M.A.T. (Mathematics Education), University of Chicago (1974), Ph.D. (Science Education) University of Denver (1994)

Professional Experience

Meritt Hutton Junior High School (1974– 76, Science and Mathematics); Thornton High School (1976–1988, Instructor - Physics, AP Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, G/T Research Class, and Department Chair); Horizon High School (1989-2003, Instructor - Physics, Physics II, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physical Science); University of Denver, Department of Physics and Astronomy (2003–present, Lecturer - Physics and Astronomy); University of Colorado-Boulder (2003-present, Instructor - Learning Assistant Seminar on Mathematics and Science Teaching); adjunct work at Front Range Community College (Physics), Metropolitan State College of Denver (Science Methods),  Teacher in Residence, Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Memberships

AAPT, AAPT Colorado-Wyoming Section, NSTA, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Colorado Association of Science Teachers, Astronomy Society of the Pacific

Honors

Radio Shack National Awards for Teaching (1999); Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science (2001); AAPT Distinguished Service Citation (2006)

AAPT Activities

Secretary (2007-present), Chair of Section Representative (1999-2005); Executive Board member; Chair, Publications Committee; Chair, Membership and Benefits Committee; Chair, Audit Committee; Member-High School Committee, Pre-High School Committee, Committee on Governance Structure, Governance Review Committee, Awards Committee, TPT Advisory Board, Nominating Committee; PTRA

Other Activities

Director, Denver Area Physics Teachers Group (1990-present); Educational Consultant - STEM Colorado (2002-present); Director, Denver Metropolitan Science Fair (1982-1993); SRC member, Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (1980-presnt); AIP Education Advisory Committee (2000-2006); AIP Physics Resources Policy Committee (2009-present); Colorado Science Convention Steering Committee (2000-present), PhysTEC–Teacher in Residence, University of Colorado-Boulder (2003)

Commentary

AAPT is a thriving professional organization because of the good ideas that come from individuals and the dedication of its membership to see them implemented. The most successful programs have been those that have helped strengthen relationships among the physics teaching communities (e.g., PTRA, SPIN-UP, TYC efforts, PhysTEC, and ComPADRE). AAPT needs to continue to be responsive to the needs in these communities, but also to look outside the association to establish connections with other groups who have interests in physics education. I can offer to the Executive Board a historical memory based on my strong participation in past activities within the Association, and an enthusiasm to explore future opportunities so that AAPT can continue to “enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.”