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Joining or Renewing your Membership with AAPT

Join us at AAPT in our mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

How to Join or Renew

Apply for membership using this convenient application form. You will need an AAPT web account and a major credit card. If you don't have an account, create one from the link below.


Benefits of Membership

Being an AAPT member brings with it many benefits in addition to supporting the association's projects and programs. Explore the benefits below (by clicking on the headers/arrows).

Journals and Publications

Journals - Nov 2009Your membership includes online access to The American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Physics Today as well as the email newsletter, eNNOUNCER.

AAPT membership also provides online access to everything ever published in the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher, a total of more than 15,000 papers.

You have the option of receiving print copies of all three journals for an additional fee.  Online access is through Scitation and requires registration and a separate login from your AAPT membership.  New members receive an email from Scitation with registration information.  If you need assistance with your online journal access contact the Scitation help desk at help@scitation.org.  AAPT members are also eligible to subscribe to Computing in Science and Engineering (CiSE).

If you have included print copies of the journals, they will arrive in your mailbox 4-6 weeks after you join.   Additional postage is required to mail journals to addresses outside of North America.

Table of Contents Alerts

Sign up to receive Table of Contents Alerts (TOC) for The Physics Teacher (TPT) and American Journal of Physics (AJP). This benefit allows subscribers to be notified by email when a new issue of either TPT or AJP is posted online. The email includes a text version of the table of contents of the journals. To take advantage of this benefit, go to the AJP TOC Email alerts sign up and enter your email address. Be the first to know about new journal articles of interest to you!

Leadership / Networking

All members are encouraged to participate in Committees and Advisory Boards. Further networking opportunities include email discussion lists, Department Chair Conference, PTRA, New Faculty Workshop, the online membership directory, local section activities, and AAPT's online publication The Physics Educator.

Physics Education Research professionals can join the PER Topical Group for $40 per year (Student dues $15) when they join AAPT or renew their membership.

Discounts on our Educational Products

AAPT Physics Store Catalog CoverEnjoy a member discount on books, videos, t-shirts, toys, and many other physics related products in our Physics Store Catalog. In addition, members are eligible for discounts on publications from other American Institute of Physics member societies. You may also download the electronic version of the paper catalog.

National Meetings

Members receive special pricing on registration and workshop fees at all AAPT national meetings. This is a unique opportunity to take part in a variety of events that are based on physics education and the principles that AAPT represents. Enjoy a variety of sessions and activities including internationally known physics speakers, committee meetings, awards, workshops on various facets of physics teaching, presentations, poster sessions, and most of all, over 1,000 physics teachers. AAPT also hosts a broad range of physics equipment suppliers, resources, and booksellers in our large exhibit hall.

Career Advancement

Advance your career with AAPT's Career Center, you can post job openings, and sign up for face-to-face interviews at our Annual Winter Meeting.

Insurance

Members receive competitive rates on life, disability, and long term care insurance.

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Levels & Dues

AAPT offers you membership opportunities at a level that best serves your professional or academic needs. Regular, Retired and Emeritus members have a choice of print subscriptions to either one or both of our acclaimed publications, the American Journal of Physics (AJP) and The Physics Teacher (TPT). All members* automatically receive electronic editions of the journals with full text access. Print and online subscriptions to Physics Today are included with your membership.  Student members receive electronic subscriptions only. International members have the option of membership with electronic subscriptions only.  Note: memberships are non-transferable and all journals are strictly for individual use only. Commercial distribution is prohibited and can result in forfeiture of member benefits and privileges. 

*Life Membership includes the benefits available at the time of purchase. Online access was not available prior to 2008 but can be added at any time upon payment of the additional fees.

Regular Membership

Available to faculty & employees of the following settings:

College, University, Lab or Industrial

United States1
TPT Print & Online and AJP Online $189
AJP Print & Online and TPT Online $206
TPT and AJP- Print & Online $243
TPTand AJP- Electronic Journals Only $152

High School

United States1
TPT Print & Online and AJP Online $151
AJP Print & Online and TPT Online $168
TPT and AJP- Print & Online $205
TPTand AJP- Electronic Journals Only $114

1Members in countries other than the USA will be charged postage for print copies.
2List of Least Developed Nations (as determined by the Fuller Fund Committee).

Once you're ready to join, please proceed to the registration page.

Student Membership

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students enrolled full-time in an educational institution qualify for membership at a reduced rate. Please submit certification of full time status that contains your advisor's signature with your application.  Students rates are for online subscriptions only.

TPT & AJP Online $47
Once you're ready to join, please proceed to the registration page.

Sustaining Membership

Corporations and institutions that wish to promote physics and receive discounts on meeting exhibits and advertising are welcomed as sustaining members. Learn more about Sustaining Member Benefits!

TPT and AJP- Print & Online $800
Once you're ready to join, please call the Member Services team at 301-209-3333 or email us at membership@aapt.org to schedule a convenient time for us to call you.

Lifetime Membership

All individuals, who want lifelong member benefits at today’s membership rates, are eligible. For further information, including the different options available, please contact member services at membership@aapt.org or by phone at 301-209-3333.

Once you're ready to join, please proceed to the registration page.

Retired Membership

Dues are based on your teaching level prior to retirement and journal selection. Please contact us at membership@aapt.org for your dues rate. To qualify for Retired Membership you must meet the following requirements:

  • AAPT Regular membership for 10 consecutive years
  • Age 55 or older
  • Officially retired
Once you're ready to join, please proceed to the registration page.

Emeritus Membership

Dues are based on your teaching level prior to retirement and journal selection. Please contact us at membership@aapt.org for your dues rate. To qualify for Emeritus Membership you must meet the following requirements:

  • AAPT Regular or Retired membership for 20 consecutive years
  • Age 60 or older
  • Officially retired
Once you're ready to join, please proceed to the registration page.

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