2023 National Board of Directors Election Candidate for Treasurer

Jim FreericksJames Freericks (he, him, his)

Current Position:
Professor and McDevitt Chair,
Department of Physics,
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Princeton University, 1985
Masters of Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Professional Experience:
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, McDevitt Chair, Department of Physics, Georgetown University, 1994—present
Physics Department Chair, Georgetown University, 1998-2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, 1993-1994
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991-1993

Honors and Recognitions:
Georgetown University, Provost's Innovation in Teaching Award, 2019.
edX Prize, Finalist, Quantum Mechanics for Everyone, 2018.
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (Physics), 2018.
Georgetown University Presidential Teacher-Scholar Award, 2017.
American Physical Society Outstanding Referee, 2012.
Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for the category of Natural Sciences 2009.
Georgetown University Distinguished Achievement in Research Award, 2007.
American Physics Society Fellow (Division of Condensed Matter Physics), 2006.
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, 1996.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 1995.
Department of Education Fellowship, 1/89-12/90.
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 8/85-8/88.
Kusaka Memorial Prize in Physics, Princeton University, 1985.
Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 1984.

American Association of Physics Teachers
American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi
International Research Group on Physics Teaching (GIREP)

AAPT Activities:
Task Force on AAPT Sections, 2022--
Editorial Board, American Journal of Physics, 2022--
Section Representative of the Chesapeake Section, 2021—

Other Professional Activities:
American Physical Society, Committee on Committees, 2022—
American Physical Society, Council Steering Committee, 2022—
Co-lead National Science Foundation, Workshop to determine the key concepts for quantum information science learners, 2020
Editorial Board, Symmetry, 2020—
American Physical Society, Division of Computational Physics, Divisional Councilor, 2020—
American Physical Society, Council Prize Committee, 2020—
Department of Energy, Chair, INCITE Review Panel, Materials, Microscopic Methods, 2019—
American Physical Society, Division of Computational Physics, Secretary Treasurer 2012—2018

Department of Energy, Panel Lead, Quantum Materials Report, 2016 Editorial Board, Scientific Reports, 2015—2021

Candidate Statement:
 I am passionate about the long-term health of the AAPT. We are in a challenging phase of AAPT’s history, with total membership decreasing, and significant costs from the pandemic, and the post-pandemic world creating fiscal challenges. I have been a member of AAPT for almost 30 years, but I have only recently become more active in AAPT, as my interests in education have moved from a practitioner to an influencer. In education, I am driven to find a better way to teach quantum mechanics to both our majors and those who will enter the quantum  workforce. I believe the way we teach this material has a huge influence on the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our students. I have significant administrative experience from my work at the American Physical Society. As Secretary/Treasurer of the Division of Computational Science, I successfully led campaigns to fund the Metropolis Thesis Prize ($90,000) and the Rahman Award ($300,000) and I have participated in the governance of a large professional society, learning a lot about how societies operate. I will bring a fresh new perspective to the Treasurer position based off of this expertise and I hope to have success in boosting the revenues to help reach fiscal stability. I have read the strategic plan and am committed to supporting it through my work. As a parent in a multiracial family, I have always felt that DEI is critically important for the association, as well as for our society as a whole.