Committee Members

Deepa N. Chari, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 Street
Miami, FL United States 33199

Abigail R. Mechtenberg, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2022)
University of Notre Dame
Physics Dept
225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN United States 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6285

Daniel Doucette (Term ending after WM2022)
International School Of Latvia
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Physics, 100 Allen Hall
Pittsburgh, PA United States 15260

William R. Evans (Term ending after WM2021)
University Of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
601 E John St
Champaign, IL United States 61820
Phone: (801) 318-7768

Alexandru Maries (Term ending after WM2020)
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
2624 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH United States 45221
Phone: (201) 312-5091

Geoff Potvin (Term ending after WM2022)
Florida International University
Department of Physics, CP 206
11200 SW 8 St, FIU
Miami, FL United States 33199
Phone: (305) 348-7614

Idaykis Rodriguez (Term ending after WM2020)
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
Physics Department CP204
Miami, FL United States 33199
Phone: (305) 206-6154

Benjamin T. Spike (Term ending after WM2020)
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Physics Department, UW-Madison
1150 University Avenue
Madison, WI United States 53706-1390

Gabriel C. Spalding, Ex Officio
Illinois Wesleyan Univ
PO Box 2900
1312 N Pk St
Bloomington, IL United States 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3004; Fax: (309) 556-3864

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

Alexandru Maries (2017)

Zhongzhou Chen (2018)

Christopher Porter (2019)




  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.