Committee Members

Benjamin G. Jenkins, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
University Of West Georgia
1601 Maple St
Department of Physics
Carrollton, GA United States 30118-0001
Phone: (678) 839-4096

Ken Brandt, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Robeson Planetarium
4320 Kahn Dr
Lumberton, NC United States 28358-2310
Phone: (910) 671-6000; Fax: (910) 671-6017

Spencer L. Buckner (Term ending after WM2021)
Austin Peay State University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
PO Box 4608
Clarksville, TN United States 37044
Phone: (931) 221-6241; Fax: (931) 221-6129

Richard Gelderman (Term ending after WM2021)
Western Kentucky University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY United States 42101-1077
Phone: (270) 745-6203; Fax: (270) 745-2014

David R. Klassen (Term ending after WM2022)
Rowan University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
201 Mullica Hill Rd
Glassboro, NJ United States 08028
Phone: (856) 256-4391; Fax: (856) 256-4478

Gregory Mulder (Term ending after WM2022)
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW MH 109
Albany, OR United States 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4744; Fax: (541) 917-4755

Adriana Predoi-Cross (Term ending after WM2022)
University of Lethbridge
Department of Physics & Astronomy
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, AB Canada T1K3M4

Jordan K. Steckloff (Term ending after WM2020)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA United States 02139-4307

Kristen Thompson (Term ending after WM2020)
Davidson College
Physics Department
Box 7133
Davidson, NC United States 28035
Phone: 704-894-3131

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
One Physics Ellipse
5th Floor
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3325; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3304; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Kristi D. Concannon (2017)

Amber L. Stuver, PhD (2018)



  1. To strengthen and maintain contacts with national organizations concerned with space science and astronomy and the teaching thereof.
  2. To provide AAPT members with a perspective on current space science and astronomy research through "Frontiers in Space Science and Astronomy" sessions.
  3. To promote excellence in teaching astronomy by:
    1. Sponsoring hands-on workshops that introduce the latest in computer software and observational techniques taught in labs.
    2. Holding sessions that provide information on resources for teaching materials; on successful and unsuccessful curricula developments; on research in teaching; and on the interrelationships between astronomy and other disciplines.
    3. Working with sister committees to promote areas of joint interest.