Committee Members

Gina Passante, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)

Trevor I. Smith, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)

John B. Buncher (Term ending after WM2021)

Alice D. Churukian (Term ending after WM2022)

Lin Ding (Term ending after WM2020)

Ayush Gupta (Term ending after WM2022)

Alan Richards (Term ending after WM2022)

Jeff Saul (Term ending after WM2021)

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio

Past Chairs

Cassandra Paul, PhD (2018)

James T. Laverty (2019)



  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.