Resources for College and University Physics Faculty

AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics educators who will inspire tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.
AAPT provides many resources for college and university physics faculty.

AAPT benefits for College and University Faculty

Publications and Educational Resources

  • OPTYCs - the national Organization for Physics at Two-Year Colleges
  • PICUP 2021 Capstone Conference Report - This report provides a summary of the Partnership for the Integration of Computation in Undergraduate Physics 2021 Virtual Capstone Conference and the history and status of the PICUP organization.
  • SPIN-UP Survey Report 2014 - This report describes the results of a 2014 survey of U.S. undergraduate physics programs and includes information on sizes of departments, characteristics of their courses and curricula, recruitment activities, and curricular reform.
  • American Journal of Physics - The Physics Teacher and the American Journal of PhysicsAJP publishes papers that meet the needs and intellectual interests of college and university physics teachers and students.
  • The Physics Teacher (TPT) - TPT publishes papers on the teaching of physics, and on topics such as contemporary physics, applied physics, and the history of physics—all aimed at the introductory-level teacher.
  • AAPT/ComPADRE Digital Library - ComPADRE is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.
  • Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP) seeks to expand the role of computation in the undergraduate physics curriculum.
  • Open Source Physics (OSP) provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling.
  • Physics and Astronomy Education Resources from the NASA Space Science Education Consortium provide tested materials that help introductory physics, astronomy, and science education faculty promote active learning through integrated materials. Resources include concept questions, lecture tutorials, homework, and more.
  • Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers report provides guidance for physicists considering revising the undergraduate curriculum to improve the education of a diverse student population.  The report includes recommendations on content, pedagogy, professional skills, and student engagement and documentable student outcomes.
  • The Phys21 Supplement summarizes the information used to prepare the Phys21 Report.  The sources include reports authored by professional societies, business and economic development groups, educational institutions, and professional consulting organizations.
  • PhysPort is the home of physics faculty resources based on physics education research that support your teaching
  • Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research (PRST-PER) - PRST-PER is a peer-reviewed online open-access journal sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the APS Forum on Education (APS FEd).
  • AAPT Recommendations for the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Curriculum - Developed by a subcommittee of the AAPT Committee on Laboratories and endorsed by the AAPT Executive Board November 10,2014.
  • AAPT eNNOUNCER - This e-newsletter is emailed to members monthly and contains upcoming dates and deadlines, member news and information, recent news from the worlds of physics and teaching, our current promotions and programs, and much more.
  • Links to additional resources - You will find posters, guidelines, videos, international physics organizations, reports, and article collections and individual articles to support your physics and physical science teaching.

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