Committee Members

Gina Passante, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
California State University - Fullerton
PO Box 34080
800 N State Col Blvd
Fullerton, CA United States 92831-3547
Phone: (657) 278-7403

Trevor I. Smith, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)
Rowan University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
201 Mullica Hill Rd
Glassboro, NJ United States 08028-1701
Phone: (856) 256-4848

John B. Buncher (Term ending after WM2021)
North Dakota State University
Department of Physics - PO BOX 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND United States 58102
Phone: (701) 231-5780

Alice D. Churukian (Term ending after WM2022)
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Department of Physics and Astronomy
CB# 3255 Phillips Hall
Chapel Hill, NC United States 27599
Phone: (919) 962-5001

Lin Ding (Term ending after WM2020)
The Ohio State University
School of Teaching & Learning
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH United States 43210-1358

Ayush Gupta (Term ending after WM2022)
Univ of Maryland - College Park
Physics Bldg
Rm 1320
College Park, MD United States 20742
Phone: (301) 405-6184

Alan Richards (Term ending after WM2022)
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd
Department of Physics
Ewing, NJ United States 08628

Jeff Saul (Term ending after WM2021)
12200 Academy Road NE, Apt. 312
Albuquerque, NM United States 87111
Phone: (954) 665-5373

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

Past Chairs

Vashti A. Sawtelle (2017)

Cassandra Paul, PhD (2018)

James T. Laverty (2019)



  1. Encourage and follow research on the teaching and learning of physics and related topics.
  2. Help keep the AAPT membership and the broader science teaching community aware of new and current understanding of how and why students learn, and ways of improving instruction, including the appropriate use of new tools and technologies.
  3. Encourage both the use of the outcomes of research and the doing of formal and informal research in the physics classroom and laboratory.
  4. Encourage recognition of research in physics education as a valid area of inquiry within physics departments.