AAPT.org - American Association of Physics Teachers

Jennifer L. Docktor, Committee Chair (2016)
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Dept. of Physics, 2001 Cowley Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI United States 54601
Phone: (608) 785-8485

Alexandru Maries, Vice Chair (2016)
University Of Pittsburgh
3941 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA United States 15260
Phone: (201) 312-5091

Zhongzhou Chen (2018)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA United States 02139-4307
Phone: (617) 324-2731

Seth T. DeVore (2018)
West Virginia University
1500 Univ Ave
Morgantown, WV United States 26506-0002

Patrick Kohl (2016)
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO United States 80401-1843
Phone: (303) 384-2303

Lindsay Owens (2017)
University of Cincinnati
511 Teachers College
PO Box 210022
Cincinnati, OH United States 45221

Idaykis Rodriguez (2016)
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
Physics Department CP204
Miami, FL United States 33199
Phone: (305) 206-6154

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Aaron P. Titus, Ex Officio
High Point University
833 Montileu Ave
Department of Physics
High Point, NC United States 27268

Richard Ballentine, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Committee on Graduate Education in Physics

Renee Michelle M. Goertzen, PhD (2013)

Sytil K. Murphy (2014)

Andrew J. Mason, PhD (2015)




  1. Provide a forum for consideration of topics relevant to graduate instruction in physics.
  2. Through communication with the Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education and with the AAPT membership, seek ways in which students may be better prepared for the transition from undergraduate school to graduate school, and ways in which students may emerge from graduate school better prepared for undergraduate teaching as well as academic and industrial research.
  3. Aid in keeping the AAPT membership and other academic and research physicists aware of effective means of conducting graduate instruction in physics, in classrooms and in research.
  4. Provide effective communication, through accepted channels, between AAPT and research oriented scientific and engineering societies with overlapping interests.