Sarah “Sam” McKagan Named as Recipient of the 2013 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
College Park, MD, September 26, 2012—Sarah “Sam” McKagan will receive the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT during the 2013 Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
McKagan is the creator and author of the PER User’s Guide, a web resource to help physics educators learn about the results of PER and apply them in the classroom. This resource has been invaluable in building a bridge between the communities of research and practice in physics education. Not only has she done the work of developing and maintaining the Per User’s Guide since 2008, she has also taken the lead in seeking funding support for these efforts, serving as the PI on a grant through the NSF NSDL program to develop a pilot site. Most recently she is the PI on a proposal to the NSF WIDER program to develop PER resources for Physics Department Chairs.
McKagan has also been a key participant in the University of Colorado PhET Project (Physics Education Technology), possibly the most widespread resource for physics education simulations. She has consulted with Seattle Pacific University to conduct research on embodied cognition, create and analyze videotapes of teacher development workshops, and worked with Augsburg College to assist with development and assessment of modern physics laboratories.
She plays a significant role in the Energy Project, a complex PER effort on the learning and teaching of energy at Seattle Pacific University. Additionally, she co-created and co-organizes an annual regional PER meeting in the Pacific Northwest.
McKagan has synthesized the work of the PER community and made it relevant to the AAPT community at large. A member of the Committee on Research in Physics Education and of the Physics Education Research (PER) Topical Group, she is passionate about translating the multiple research-based approaches into tools that practitioners can actually use. Her commitment and her contributions to the organization promote the very mission of AAPT.
About the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT