Dyan JonesDyan Jones

Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA 16546


B.A. Edinboro University, 2003, theoretical physics
M.S. Miami University, 2005, physics (advisor: Perry Rice)
Ph.D. Kansas State University, 2009, physics (advisor: Dean Zollman)

Professional Experience

Mercyhurst University: Assistant Professor 2009-2015, Chair of Physics Department (2014-present)

Homer L. Dodge Distinguished Service Citation - from the American Association of Physics Teachers - awarded July 2014 at the National Summer Meeting
Named a Research Fellow of Mercyhurst University –January 2013
Apparatus Competition Winner –AAPT Summer 2010 meeting, Portland OR
"Making a Difference Award" –recognition of teaching and dedication to students –December 2008, Kansas State University
Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Fellowship –August 2005, Kansas State University
AAPT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award –May 2005, Miami University
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award –April 2005, Miami University

American Association of Physics Teachers
Western Pennsylvania Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
American Physical Society Society of Physics Students

AAPT Activities
Member, Committee on Undergraduate Education (2014-2015)
Member, Membership and Benefits Committee (2013-2015)
Section Representative, Western PA section of AAPT (2009-present)
Member, Chair, and co-Chair, Committee on Professional Concerns (2011-2013)

I was first introduced to AAPT as a physics education graduate student - in a cohort of other first-timers, my advisor sent me to the 2007 Summer Meeting in Greensboro to present our research and learn more about the field and the physics community. What I found in AAPT was far more than a platform to speak about research. As I've continued on my path through academia, I've found that AAPT - both the members as individuals and the organization itself - is a wonderful resource for helping physicists become scholar-teachers at all levels of the curriculum. Though my experience is in the four year college setting, the membership of AAPT is much more diverse;we encompass all levels from pre-high school to two-year colleges to graduate education. As Chair of the Section Representatives, I will strive to adequately represent this diverse population of members from across all geographic regions. It is my goal to advocate for the equal importance of all of our constituents, while always keeping the good of the national organization as the primary focus.