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2011 Election Candidate

Paul W. Zitzewitz

Paul ZitzewitzDepartment of Natural Sciences, Retired.
University of Michigan-Dearborn,
Dearborn, MI 48128.
pwz@umich.edu

Education

A.B. Carleton College, 1964; Physics magna cum laude.
A.M. Harvard University, 1965.
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1970, Norman Ramsey, advisor.

Professional Experience
University of Western Ontario, Post-doctoral fellow, 1970-1972.
Corning Glass Works, Senior Research Scientist, 1972-1973.
University of Michigan-Dearborn,
Assistant Professor of Physics (1973-1978),
Associate Professor of Physics (1978-1984),
Professor of Physics (1984-2009),
Professor of Science Education (2005-2009),
Professor of Physics and Science Education Emeritus (2009 --)

Honors
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow, 1964-1965.
Danforth Foundation Fellow, 1964-1970.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, 1989-1990.
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Distinguished Faculty Research Award, 1985.
Distinguished Service Award, 2005.
Distinguished Teaching Award, 2007.
Michigan Section, AAPT, Distinguished Service Award, 2001.
American Physical Society Fellow, 2002

Memberships
American Association of Physics Teachers,
American Physical Society,
Sigma Xi,
Phi Beta Kappa,
Michigan Section AAPT,
Detroit Metropolitan Area Physics Teachers.

AAPT/APS Activities

AAPT

Michigan Section, AAPT, Executive chain 1994-2000; President 1996-97.

Physics in Pre-High School Area Committee, member 2003-2007, chair 2005-2007.
PTRA, co-author “Teaching about Lightwave Communications” and presenter 1993.
AAPT Treasurer and member of Executive Board, 2008--.
American Physical Society
Forum on Education member, Executive Chain 1996-2000, Chair 1998-1999.
Committee on Education, 1998-1999.
Committee on Informing the Public (AAPT representative) 2007-2008.

Commentary
The past three years have been financially challenging for the AAPT. We continue to end the year with a deficit in our operating budget. When the stock market rises gains in our long-term reserves (managed for us by TIAA-CREF) can offset these loses, but, in doing so, can mask the financial problems of the organization. The Board and the Executive Office are working together very well to control and reduce expenditures and to try to enhance revenue. One role of the treasurer is to communicate the status of the long-term reserves to the Executive Board and to communicate closely with our TIAA-CREF financial advisor. A second role is to work closely with the Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer on the operating budget and to keep the Board closely involved with these discussions. If re-elected I look forward to a final two years of working to maintain and improve the cooperation among the Board, the Office, and TIAA-CREF in achieving the financial goals of AAPT.