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2011 Election Candidate

David Weaver

David WeaverChandler-Gilbert Community College (one of the Maricopa Colleges)
Chandler, AZ 85225
david.weaver@cgcmail.maricopa.edu

Education
B.S (Physics-English) East Texas State University, Commerce, TX (1979);
MS (Physics) East Texas State University, Commerce, TX (1983)

Professional Experience
30 years of community college teaching:
  • Physics (conceptual, trig-based and calc-based)
  • Microprocessor Technology
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Student Success
  • General Studies Capstone
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Art

Current Teaching/Learning Interests:
  • Project-Based Physics
  • Hybrid/Blended Courses
  • On-Line Courses

College/District Leadership:
  • Electronics/Microprocessor Technology program designer and director
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology program designer and director
  • Division Chair Math/Science (4 years)
  • Division Chair Science (current)
  • Acting Dean of Occupational Education (1 year)
  • Chair of District Physics Instructional Council (10 years)
  • District Chair of Instructional Computing group (6 years)
  • Campus Chair of Instructional Computing group (2 years)

AAPT Activities
  • 1st National Meeting in 1992
  • Two PEPTYC programs (Particle Physics and Quantum Optics)
  • 6+ Two-Year College national Workshops
  • Conducted 3+ Two-Year College national Workshops
  • Local, regional and national TYC-21 meetings
  • SPINUP/TYC writing and site visitation team participant
  • Arizona AAPT participant, presenter (often), President, Section Rep, TYC Rep
  • Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges member, Vice-Chair, and Chair
  • National Section Representatives Secretary
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Alternative Access Co-Chair

Commentary
Two-year colleges serve a very important role in the continuum of physics education.  A large number of bachelor degree seeking students take their physics at the community college. Like most high school faculty, TYC faculty are focused on teaching. So, we are able to gain a great deal from the AAPT as well as contribute a great deal to the organization.  My first experience with AAPT happened in the early 90’s and it resulted in me changing my entire approach to the teaching and learning of physics.  Furthermore, I have been able to spread great teaching ideas far beyond physics by working with colleagues in different disciplines as well as K-12 in-service teachers. The educational riches I’ve accrued during my two decade interaction with AAPT at the local, regional, and national level makes me eager to continue to give back to the organization.  I believe I can make a significant contribution to the Board and make sure that the voice of the TYC community is represented.