Committee Members

Benjamin G. Jenkins, Chair (2019)
University Of West Georgia
1601 Maple St
Department of Physics
Carrollton, GA United States 30118-0001
Phone: (678) 839-4096

Gregory Puskar, Vice Chair (2019)
West Virginia University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
PO Box 6315
Morgantown, WV United States 26506
Phone: (304) 293-4909; Fax: (304) 293-5732

Ken Brandt (2021)
Robeson Planetarium
420 Caton Road
Lumberton, NC United States 28360
Phone: (910) 671-6000; Fax: (910) 671-6017

Spencer L. Buckner (2021)
Austin Peay State University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
PO Box 4608
Clarksville, TN United States 37044
Phone: (931) 221-6241; Fax: (931) 221-6129

William A. Dittrich (2019)
Portland Community College
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR United States 97280-0990
Phone: (971) 722-4417; Fax: (971) 722-8020

Richard Gelderman (2021)
Western Kentucky University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY United States 42101-1077
Phone: (270) 745-6203; Fax: (270) 745-2014

Jordan K. Steckloff (2020)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA United States 02139-4307

Kristen Thompson (2020)
Davidson College
Physics Department
Box 7133
Davidson, NC United States 28035
Phone: 704-894-3131

Shannon D. Willoughby (2019)
Montana State Univ
Physics Dept
PO Box 173840
Bozeman, MT United States 59717
Phone: (406) 994-1673; Fax: (406) 994-4452

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
One Physics Ellipse
5th Floor
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3325; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3304; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

Donald Andrew Smith, PhD (2016)

Kristi D. Concannon (2017)

Amber L. Stuver, PhD (2018)



  1. To strengthen and maintain contacts with national organizations concerned with space science and astronomy and the teaching thereof.
  2. To provide AAPT members with a perspective on current space science and astronomy research through "Frontiers in Space Science and Astronomy" sessions.
  3. To promote excellence in teaching astronomy by:
    1. Sponsoring hands-on workshops that introduce the latest in computer software and observational techniques taught in labs.
    2. Holding sessions that provide information on resources for teaching materials; on successful and unsuccessful curricula developments; on research in teaching; and on the interrelationships between astronomy and other disciplines.
    3. Working with sister committees to promote areas of joint interest.