2013 National Executive Board Election Candidate for Treasurer
R. Steven Turley
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984)
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AAPT is heading out of a difficult financial time. It will take continued careful oversight by the Executive Board and careful management by the National Office to avoid similar difficulties in 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 could 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 has given me organizational and budget experience which will be 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, 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 believe I could likewise 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 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.