AAPT.org - American Association of Physics Teachers

Resources for Colleges and Universities

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.

AAPT benefits for College and University Faculty

Publications and Educational Resources

  • American Journal of Physics (AJP) - The Physics Teacher and the American Journal of PhysicsAJP 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.
  • ComPADRE Digital Library - ComPADRE is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.
  • PER User's Guide - Evidence-based resources for teaching physics. Physics Education Research (PER) is a field of research focused on understanding how students think about physics and how to teach physics more effectively.
  • 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.
  • workshop for new physics and astronomy facultyWorkshop 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
  • 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 requests. 

Awards and Recognition

Grants and Scholarships