Committee on Teacher Preparation

Mission Statement
The role of the AAPT Committee on Teacher Preparation is to influence policy and activities within the AAPT that foster improvement of physics teacher preparation based on the research in physics learning and the physics teaching experience of the AAPT membership. The Committee will:
  1. Provide a forum and support the continued development of a strong and diverse coalition of institutions committed to using inquiry-based, problem-solving, and active-learning strategies in science courses they provide for secondary and elementary teachers of physics.
  2. Sponsor and co-sponsor sessions, workshops, and other activities to make AAPT members and the broader educational community aware of programs that produce teachers who better understand physics and how to teach it so that ALL students can experience physics as an important, engaging, and exciting activity.
  3. Offer assistance in the development of program standards and selection of curriculum for teacher preparation programs. Support AAPT sections in regional or state efforts related to certification/licensure, program requirements, and physics content tests for teachers of physics.
  4. Increase communication, collaboration, cooperation, and joint sponsorship of interactions with other national organizations that have improving teacher preparation as part of their organization's stated mission to share findings and experiences and to exchange constructive critical examination of the physics teacher preparation process.
  5. Develop a strong, working committee with wide representation from other area AAPT committees and liaisons from other organizations to expand and share the work of the committee in AAPT and beyond.


2016 Annual Committee Report
2015 Annual Committee Report
2014 Annual Committee Report
2013 Annual Committee Report
2012 Annual Committee Report
2011 Annual Committee Report
2010 Annual Committee Report
2009 Annual Committee Report
2008 Annual Committee Report
2007 Annual Committee Report
2006 Annual Committee Report
2005 Annual Committee Report


Committee Members

Dan MacIsaac, Chair (2019)
SUNY College At Buffalo
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY United States 14222-1095
Phone: (716) 878-3802; Fax: (716) 878-4524

Duane B. Merrell, Vice Chair (2019)
Brigham Young University
Eyring Science Center N143
Provo, UT United States 84602
Phone: (801) 422-2255; Fax: (801) 422-0553

Kristine E. Callan (2021)
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois St Physics Department
Golden, CO United States 80401-1843
Phone: (303) 273-3029

Oguz Celik (2021)
Harmony School of Advancement
3171 North Sam Houston Pkwy W
Houston, TX United States 77038
Phone: (512) 579-6375

Debbie A. French (2019)
Wilkes University
84 W. South St.
Wilkes Barre, PA United States 18766-0001

Steven L. Henning (2019)
52 Dick Drive
Worcester, MA United States 01609
Phone: (914) 572-7858

Monica Plisch (2021)
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740
Phone: (301) 209-3273; Fax: (301) 209-0867

Erin Combs Sutherland (2019)
1253 Sterling Rd
Herndon, VA United States 20170
Phone: (256) 714-8495

Michael C. Wittmann (2020)
Univ of Maine
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
5709 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME United States 04469-5709
Phone: (207) 581-1237

Rebecca Vieyra, Ex Officio
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; 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 Teacher Preparation

Wendy K. Adams, PhD (2016)

David Rosengrant, Ed.D (2017)

John C. Stewart (2018)