Krista E. Wood2020 National Board of Directors Election Candidate for At Large Two Year College Representative

Krista E. Wood

Department of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Cincinnati, OH 45236


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Kettering University, MI, 1988
  • Master of Education, Xavier University, OH, 1996
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies (Physics Education Research), University of Cincinnati, OH, 2015
  • State of Ohio Teaching License, Physics and Mathematics, 1996-2024

Professional Experience

  • Electrical Engineer & Process Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Cincinnati, OH, 1988-1995
  • Process Engineer, Precision Lens – Corning, Cincinnati, OH, 1995
  • Certified Teacher in Physics, Mariemont High School, Cincinnati, OH, 1996-1997
  • Independent Tutor in Physics and Mathematics, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2002
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, 2002-2007
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, 2007-2009
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, 2009-2015
  • Associate Professor of Physics, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, 2015-present


  • Member of Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning, University of Cincinnati (2017-present)
  • eLearning Champion (2016)
  • UC Blue Ash Scholar Award (2014)
  • Recognized by Student Government for: Contributions in Helping Students Reach their Educational Goals (2006)


  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Physics Education Research Topical Group
  • Southern Ohio Section of AAPT

AAPT Activities

  • Two-Year College New Faculty Experience, 2010-2012
  • Southern Ohio Section of AAPT, Secretary, 2012-2016
  • The Physics Teacher Reviewer, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • Two-Year College New Faculty Experience Alumna Mentor, 2016-2017
  • Local Host for Two-Year College New Faculty Commencement Conference, 7/2017
  • eAlliance Peer Mentoring, 2018-present
  • Southern Ohio Section of AAPT, President-Elect, 2019-2020
  • Southern Ohio Section of AAPT, President, 2020-2021


When I consider the impact AAPT has had on my life, I am honored to be nominated to serve on the board. The strengths of AAPT lie in its people who have made a profound difference to me – from the group of grad students who invited me to dinner at my first AAPT meeting in Portland, to workshop leaders who introduced me to active learning, to my mentors and colleagues in the Two-Year College (TYC) community who encouraged me to move beyond lecturing, to the Executive Director who exemplifies the mission of AAPT.

As a new physics faculty member, I participated in the 18-month AAPT TYC New Faculty Experience (TYC NFE) 2011-2012 where I met a number of TYC faculty who mentored me and became friends. I was invited to give back as an alumna mentor to the 2016 TYC NFE cohort and was privileged to host the TYC NFE Commencement Conference in July 2017. I have participated in various AAPT workshops from modeling instruction, to computational physics, to lab curriculum development. The various TYC NFE cohorts and workshops have created a ripple effect reaching many physics students who find their start in physics at TYCs.

I have also served on the Southern Ohio Section AAPT board, currently as President and previously as Secretary. I joined the eAlliance Peer Mentoring program that encourages the inclusion of more diverse faculty by providing support through various challenges in academia. AAPT faces many challenges currently, but the commitment of its members and leaders will make all the difference in reaching its mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. This is why we are all here and I would be privileged to serve on the AAPT Board to give back to the organization that has transformed me.