2017 National Executive Board Election Candidate for Treasurer
R. Steven Turley
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984)
National AAPT Activities
Through careful management of the Executive Office and prudent decisions of the Board, the AAPT has moved out of a difficult financial situation to a point where we now have a healthy endowment. It will take continued careful oversight by the Executive Board and careful management by the National Office to avoid similar difficulties in the future. At the same time, we need to think strategically about how to carefully utilize these endowment funds to meet the objectives of AAPT and position ourselves for the future. I have been an active member at the national and local level of AAPT since beginning my teaching career. With my strong personal interest in the organization, I will help AAPT continue to be a viable leader in promoting, sustaining, and advancing physics education. I believe I can continue to make a significant contribution as AAPT Treasurer.
My experience as chair of a Physics Department with 32 full-time faculty, associated staff and 360 physics majors gave me organizational and budget experience which has been helpful in this position. I refined that experience as president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters;as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU;and as PI on educational, mentoring, and research grants. Through these experiences and my current experience as AAPT Treasurer, I've learned the importance of careful financial oversight to accomplish the goals of technical organizations.
One of the strengths and challenges of AAPT is its diverse membership. We welcome K-12 teachers, teachers from two year colleges, teachers from primarily undergraduate institutions, teachers from graduate institutions, and retirees. We have both a thriving and active Physics Education Research community and a group who are interested in keeping abreast of teaching innovations, but not formally involved in education research. As an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, I learned to bring together groups from across our campus with diverse interests. As an Executive Board member I will continue to help AAPT remain an organization where all of us with an involvement in physics teaching can find a place where our interests are represented and promoted.
There are a number of upcoming issues central to the operation of AAPT which involve financial issues:
As Treasurer, I will continue to help the Executive Board find ways to approach each of these issues which will ensure that AAPT continues its role as an influential leader in physics education.