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Vashti A. Sawtelle, Chair (2017)
Michigan State University
567 Wilson Road
1312 BPS Building Physics Dept
East Lansing, MI United States 48824-2320
Phone: (305) 968-9311

Cassandra Paul, Vice Chair (2017)
San Jose State Univ
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA United States 95192-0001
Phone: (408) 924-5228

Andrew Boudreaux (2017)
Western Washington Univ
CF 385, MS 9164
516 High St
Bellingham, WA United States 98225-9164

Marcos D. Caballero (2018)
Michigan State University
567 Wilson Road
1310 BPS Building Physics Dept
East Lansing, MI United States 48824-2320
Phone: (517) 884-5657

James T. Laverty (2019)
Kansas State University
Physics Dept
Manhattan, KS United States 66506
Phone: (785) 532-1526

Beth A. Lindsey (2017)
Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny
4000 Univ Dr
Mc Keesport, PA United States 15131-7644
Phone: (412) 675-9148

Craig C. Wiegert (2019)
University of Georgia
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Athens, GA United States 30602-2451
Phone: (706) 542-4023; Fax: (706) 542-2492

Genaro Zavala (2018)
Tecnologico De Monterrey
Departamento De Fisica Campus Monterrey
Garza Sada 2501 Sur
Monterrey NL, NLE Mexico 64849
Phone: 81-8358-2000

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Hunter G. Close (2015)

Mila Kryjevskaia (2016)



  1. Encourage and follow research on the teaching and learning of physics and related topics.
  2. Help keep the AAPT membership and the broader science teaching community aware of new and current understanding of how and why students learn, and ways of improving instruction, including the appropriate use of new tools and technologies.
  3. Encourage both the use of the outcomes of research and the doing of formal and informal research in the physics classroom and laboratory.
  4. Encourage recognition of research in physics education as a valid area of inquiry within physics departments.