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Committee Members

Christopher Porter, Chair (2019)
The Ohio State University
Dept of Physics
191 W Woofruff Ave
Columbus, OH United States 43210
Phone: (614) 247-8223

Deepa N. Chari, Vice Chair (2019)
Florida International University - Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 St
Miami, FL United States 33199

Bruce A. Mason (2019)
University of Oklahoma
Homer L. Dodge Dept of Physics and Astro
440 W Brooks St
Norman, OK United States 73019
Phone: (405) 325-3961; Fax: (405) 325-7557

Idaykis Rodriguez (2020)
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
Physics Department CP204
Miami, FL United States 33199
Phone: (305) 206-6154

Benjamin T. Spike (2020)
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Physics Department, UW-Madison
1150 University Avenue
Madison, WI United States 53706-1390

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
Associate Executive Officer
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3311; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Karen Jo Matsler, Ex Officio
University of Texas - Arlington
502 Yates St Box 19043
Arlington, TX United States 76001
Phone: (817) 723-1132; Fax: (817) 483-7251

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

Committee on Graduate Education in Physics

Jennifer L. Docktor (2016)

Alexandru Maries (2017)

Zhongzhou Chen (2018)




  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.