Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

The Committee on Space Science and Astronomy serves AAPT by keeping Space Science and Astronomy relevant within the larger realm of Physics Teaching.

(Prior to March 2004, this committee was known as the Astronomy Education Committee.)

Mission Statement




Committee Members

Darsa Donelan, Chair (Term ending after WM2024)

William A. Dittrich (Term ending after WM2024)

Tracy Hodge (Term ending after WM2025)

Barbara Kuckhoff (Term ending after WM2026)

David C. McCallister (Term ending after WM2026)

Ann M. Schmiedekamp (Term ending after WM2024)

Donald Andrew Smith (Term ending after WM2026)

Beth A. Cunningham, Ex Officio

Julie M. McIntyre, Staff Liaison

Past Chairs

Richard Gelderman (2022)

Janelle M. Bailey, Ph.D. (2023)



  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.