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Richard Gelderman, Chair (2017)
Western Kentucky University
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY United States 42101-1077
Phone: (270) 745-6203; Fax: (270) 745-2014

Matthew Bobrowsky (2018)
Office of the Dean, CMNST, Library 6 Flr
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE United States 19901-2277
Phone: (302) 857-7729

Michael R. Gallis (2018)
Penn State University - Schuykill
Penn State Schuylkill
200 University Dr
Schuylkill Haven, PA United States 17972
Phone: 570-385-6053; Fax: 570-385-6105

Michael P. Orleski (2016)
Misericordia University
Dept of Physics
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA United States 18612
Phone: (570) 674-6251

Rebecca Thompson (2016)
522 Martingale Ln
Arnold, MD United States 21012

Shawn A. Weatherford (2017)
MC 2188
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL United States 33574
Phone: (352) 588-8373

John M. Welch (2017)
Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA United States 95003
Phone: (831) 479-6518

Chuck Winrich (2018)
Babson College
231 Forest Street
Kriebel 203
Babson Park, MA United States 02457-0310
Phone: 781-239-5583

Beth A. Cunningham, Ex Officio
American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3310; Fax: (301) 209-0845

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 Science Education for the Public

William E. Reitz (2013)

Stephen A. Lindaas, PhD (2014)

Amber L. Stuver, PhD (2015)

Philip W. Hammer (2015)



  1. Seek ways in which physics concepts, the importance of science literacy and research, and the interaction between science and society, can be effectively conveyed to the public, of all ages and persuasions in both formal and informal educational settings.
  2. Aid     in keeping the AAPT membership informed of the importance of communicating     science and an enthusiasm for science to the public, and of effective     means for doing so.