Steve Iona is new AAPT PresidentSteven Iona Takes the Role of AAPT President


College Park, Maryland, United States, January 7, 2014—The American Association of Physics Teachers announced today that Steven Iona has assumed the role of AAPT President. Dr. Iona, Lecturer at the University of Denver, Department of Physics and Astronomy, will serve as President in 2014, and Past President in 2015.

Iona’s extensive service to the association includes Chair of a Meetings Committee, Membership and Benefits Committee, and service on the High School Committee, Pre-High School Committee, Awards Committee and Nominating Committee. He has also served as a member of The Physics Teacher Advisory Board and as one of the first Physics Teacher Resource Agents (PTRA). His service on the AAPT Executive Board includes Chair of Section Representatives, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Over a thirty-year career as a K-12 teacher, Iona taught Physics, AP Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, mathematics, a G/T Research Class, and he served as the department chair. His professional experience after “retirement” includes Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver and Instructor for the Learning Assistant Seminar on Mathematics and Science Teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His previous higher education experience included adjunct work at Front Range Community College (Physics), Metropolitan State College of Denver (Science Methods), and service as a Teacher in Residence at Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado (PhysTEC).

His is the recipient of the Radio Shack National Award for Teaching (1999); Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science (2001); and AAPT Distinguished Service Citation (2006)

Iona says of his service, “AAPT has inspired and helped develop teacher-leaders for over 70 years. I have been one of those who owe much to the work of others in the Association for my professional development as a physics educator.  My hope is that I can help make AAPT even more effective in inspiring others to become better teachers.”

About AAPT
The AAPT is the premier national organization and authority on physics and physical science education — with members in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics education. We provide our members with many opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is head- quartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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