Sharon Kirby - Homer Dodge Citation 2017Sharon Kirby to be Recognized as a 2017 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, November 7, 2016—AAPT has announced that Sharon Kirby will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kirby earned her B.A. in Chemistry at Western Carolina University, a Masters in Secondary Science Education at the University of West George, and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Piedmont College. Kirby most recently was an instructor in the Department of Physics at the University of West Georgia.

Kirby has a distinguished record of teaching and learning at the high school level and more recently at the university level with courses for education majors.A Physics Teacher Resource Agent (PTRA) since 2000, she has assisted in leading many PTRA workshops for teachers in the University of Georgia system. She has presented workshops and papers about the PTRA professional development at many state, regional, and national meetings, including national AAPT meetings.

Kirby's colleagues have said, "Sharon has been instrumental in improving the knowledge of physics and the quality of teaching physics for physics teachers in all parts of the country. She has worked with hundreds of teachers in Georgia understand the beauty and applications of physics.  She works tirelessly and never complains or gets frustrated."

Kirby has served AAPT at the local level as a member of the Southern Atlantic Coast Section.  In addition, she has been appointed a member of AAPT's Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education.

About the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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