Mel SabellaMel Sabella Becomes President of AAPT


College Park, Maryland, January 15, 2019—During the 2019 Winter Meeting in Houston, Texas, the presidential gavel was presented to Mel Sabella. He will serve as president of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Sabella, Professor of Physics at Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, has previously served on the AAPT Board of Directors as President-elect and Vice President.

Regarding his service to AAPT, Sabella said, "While I have a diverse set of interests in the area of physics education, I am especially excited about supporting AAPT's important role in bringing together diverse voices in the hard work of creating inclusive learning environments at all levels."

A past member and chair of the AAPT Research in Physics Education Committee, Sabella holds a B.S. in Physics from Binghamton University, State University of New York and a Physics from the University of Maryland. His teaching experience includes a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Washington State University, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Physics at Chicago State University where he also served of Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Sudies.

Sabella, an active member of APS and AAPT, has served on committees in both organizations and has been recognized with the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.

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