Resources for College and University Physics Faculty
AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics educators who will inspire tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.
AAPT provides many resources for college and university physics faculty.
Publications and Educational Resources
- American Journal of Physics (AJP) - AJP publishes papers that meet the needs and intellectual interests of college and university physics teachers and students.
- The Physics Teacher (TPT) - TPT publishes papers on the teaching of physics, and on topics such as contemporary physics, applied physics, and the history of physics—all aimed at the introductory-level teacher.
- AAPT/ComPADRE Digital Library - ComPADRE is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.
- Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) seeks to expand the role of computation in the undergraduate physics curriculum.
- Open Source Physics (OSP) provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling.
- Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers report provides guidance for physicists considering revising the undergraduate curriculum to improve the education of a diverse student population. The report includes recommendations on content, pedagogy, professional skills, and student engagement and documentable student outcomes.
- The Phys21 Supplement summarizes the information used to prepare the Phys21 Report. The sources include reports authored by professional societies, business and economic development groups, educational institutions, and professional consulting organizations.
- PhysPort is the home of physics faculty resources based on physics education research that support your teaching
- Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research (PRST-PER) - PRST-PER is a peer-reviewed online open-access journal sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the APS Forum on Education (APS FEd).
- AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum - Developed by a subcommittee of the AAPT Committee on Laboratories and endorsed by the AAPT Executive Board November 10,2014.
- AAPT eNNOUNCER - This e-newsletter is emailed to members monthly and contains upcoming dates and deadlines, member news and information, recent news from the worlds of physics and teaching, our current promotions and programs, and much more.
- Links to additional resources
- You will find posters, guidelines, videos, international physics
organizations, reports, and article collections and individual articles
to support your physics and physical science teaching.
Networking and Academic Development
- Summer and Winter National Meetings - AAPT organizes national meetings annually each winter and summer.
- eAlliance - Create your own eAlliance, a peer mentoring group of other women physicists or astronomers, with whom you share important characteristics.
- Workshop for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty - This workshop is designed to help new faculty at research and four-year institutions understand how to become more effective educators and support their quest to gain tenure.
- Two-Year College New Faculty Experience - This 18-month experience is designed specifically for Two-Year College Physics Faculty in their first five years of teaching.
- Physics Department Chairs Conference - These conferences, co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society, have proven to be valuable to department chairs in bringing them up-to-date on trends in physics research and education while providing an opportunity to meet and learn from other department chairs.
- Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences - The conference focused on introductory physics courses taken by the full spectrum of life science students, including pre-medical and other pre-health students, biology students aiming for careers in biological research or biotechnology, and students interested in ecology and related areas. 2014 Theme Issue: The Intersection of Biology and Physics, American Journal of Physics.
- Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics at Two-Year Colleges (SPIN-UP/TYC) - SPIN-UP/TYC is a project to find exemplary physics programs at two-year colleges from which a large number of minorities and women enter science, technology, engineering or math programs at a four-year college or university.
- Physics Program Review - AAPT recognizes that undergraduate physics programs benefit from
receiving feedback on the quality of the program. In order to assist
physics programs that are planning a review, we maintain a list of
reviewers whose names will be supplied to institutions submitting
Awards and Recognition
Grants and Scholarships