American Physical Society50,000 members
Education staff lead: Theodore Hodapp, firstname.lastname@example.org
APS MISSION STATEMENT
- Be the leading voice for physics and an authoritative source of physics information for the advancement of physics and the benefit of humanity
- Provide effective programs in support of the physics community and the conduct of physics
- Collaborate with national scientific societies for the advancement of science, science education and the science community
- Cooperate with international physical societies to promote physics, to support physicists worldwide and to foster international collaboration
- Promote an active, engaged, and diverse membership, and support the activities of its units and members
Education and Diversity
- Be a leading voice in physics education and diversity programs, creating and partnering in models that can be replicated by other scientific societies.
- Serve physics departments by providing access to knowledge regarding best practices for teaching and learning physics, and for ensuring strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- Provide innovative programs that enhance student physics education for the 21st century.
- - Raise the levels of physics competency among students by leading programs focused on increasing the quality of physics instruction.
- - Provide leadership on policy issues involving STEM education.
Physics Teacher Education Coalition
- PhysTEC Goals
- Transform physics departments to engage in preparing physics teachers
- Demonstrate successful models for increasing the number of highly qualified teacher of physics prepared at colleges and universities
- Spread best-practice ideas throughout the physics teacher preparation community
Department Chairs Meetings
- Distance Education / Online Learning Workshop
- Graduate Education Conference
- Learning Assistants Workshop
- Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program
- SPIN-UP Workshops
- REU Site Leaders Workshop
Premier Contribution to Faculty Development
New Faculty Workshop
- A focus on the introductory course along with lessons that apply to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses
- Presentations surrounding effective teaching ideas that can be reproduced with minimum time and effort
- Exploration of new developments in physics and astronomy curriculum and pedagogy
- Materials provided for immediate application in the classroom
- Facilitated discussions between new faculty, guided by a resource person. Popular topics include: promotion and tenure issues, dual-career couples, time management, and balancing professional and personal activities
- Opportunities to meet with program officers from the National Science Foundation's research and education directorates
Additional Undergraduate Education Activities of APS
- Increase the number of underrepresented minorities that receive PhDs in physics
- Compilation of statistics relevant to physics programs in determining education and diversity metrics.
- Online tool to compare statistics of all US physics programs.
- Mentor training resources
- Strategic Programs of Innovation in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP)
- Public Policy statement supporting physics education research