American Physical Society

50,000 members
Education staff lead: Theodore Hodapp,

  • 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

Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The mission of PhysTEC is to improve and promote the education of future physics teachers.

Department Chairs Meetings

The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers jointly organize the Physics Department Chairs Conference. This conference is part of a series of conferences that have been organized biennially for the past three decades. Conferences are now organized annually. Topics are assembled by chairs and a steering committee including leadership from both APS and AAPT.

Education Conferences

APS sponsors a number of conferences and workshops on a variety of educational topics. These were stand-alone meetings, typically held at our headquarters building in College Park, MD. Past conference topics include:

Premier Contribution to Faculty Development

New Faculty Workshop

Additional Undergraduate Education Activities of APS

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