Organization & Governance
Role of Area Committees
They are considered the Association's intellectual resource and knowledge base in these areas. They are looked upon to identify related issues and practices of significance and to carry out projects and initiatives that will advance education in physics in general and the mission of AAPT. They are encouraged to take leadership roles in their areas of interest and respond and support the Association's strategic priorities and interests. In short, they serve the Association as both think tanks and work groups in their areas of interest.
Area Committees normally have nine members, including six appointed by the Nominating Committee and three appointed by the President-Elect.
The Handbook for Area Chairs includes information on planning for National Meetings and other committee responsibilities. For more information about the organizational structure, consult the AAPT Constitution and Bylaws or access the AAPT document archive to view/download the Executive Board Handbook.
The Association recently completed and approved a new 2010-2013 Strategic Plan. Both the version with strategies and the version without strategies are available for members, sections, and committees to review as they align their programs and activities with the goals of AAPT. A working draft of revised strategic goals for the future can be found here.
To learn more about participating in committees, please see the Nominations & Elections page.
The following is a directory of all AAPT governing bodies, committees and groups as defined by the AAPT Constitution, as well as links to the directory of members and AAPT staff.
Other AAPT Groups
AAPT Representatives to Cooperating Organizations