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2017 National Board of Directors Election Candidate for Two-Year College Representative

Arlisa RichardsonArlisa Labrie Richardson

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler, AZ


Grambling State University Physics BS 1987
University of Texas at Dallas Physics MS 1991
Arizona State University Science of Materials & Engineering MS 2002
Arizona State University Science Education PhD 2008

Professional Experience

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, 10/89–3/92 Semiconductor Fabrication Process Engineer
Richland College, Dallas, TX, 9/91–3/92 Adjunct Physics Instructor
National Semiconductor, Arlington, TX, 3/92–3/94 Senior Product Engineer
KLA-Tencor, Richardson, TX, 3/94–1/00 Senior Applications Engineer
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 1/00–10/04 Graduate Teaching Associate
Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ 10/04–8/11 Student Instructional Support Coordinator, Adjunct Physics Faculty
Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, AZ 8/11–present Physics Faculty


Arizona State University: Intel Education Scholarship, Fall 2003–2005, Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Spring 2000–2005, ASU/NSF "Down-to-earth Science" Fellowship, June 2001–May 2002
State University of New York at Albany: Graduate Fellowship, Fall 1987–Spring 1989
Grambling State University, Environmental Protection Agency Undergraduate Scholarship, Fall 1986–Spring 1987, Undergraduate Academic Scholarship, Grambling State University, Fall 1983–Spring 1987


American Association of Physics Teachers
National Society of Black Engineers
Arizona Section AAPT
Society of Women Engineers

AAPT Activities

Two-Year College New Faculty Experience 2012-2014
Two-Year College Leadership 2015
Member of Two-Year College Committee 2016–present
Member of the 2017 US delegation team to the International Conference of Women in Physics


In 2008, I completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Science Education at Arizona State University. My research examined the impact of gender on team interactions. Before returning to graduate school in 2000 to pursue a Doctorate degree, I worked as an engineer in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. In 2011, I accepted a Physics faculty position at Chandler Gilbert Community College, where I have had the opportunity to apply my research and engineering experience in the classroom. I've also had to refresh my physics knowledge and classroom management skills. AAPT has provided the extra support, resources, and networking needed specifically for two-year college faculty. The AAPT Two-Year College group promotes successful pedagogical practices that are also beneficial to four-year colleges and universities. The exchange of knowledge and experiences is invaluable. I welcome the opportunity to be a voice for two-year college faculty within AAPT.