Falconer photoKathleen Falconer to be Recognized as a 2016 Recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT


College Park, MD, April 25, 2016—AAPT has announced that Kathleen Falconer will receive the association's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT, during the 2016 Summer Meeting in Sacramento, California.

Falconer is recognized for her work at the national level. She has been active in several Area Committees. She has been a member and Chair of the Committee on Minorities in Physics, a member, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education and the Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education, a member of the Committee on Women in Physics, and a member of the Programs Committee.  She has also been a friend of the Committee on Laboratories as well as the Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges and has been active in the SEES Program which provides low-socioeconomic students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on science activities.

She earned bachelor's degrees from Mount Allison University (B.Sc. in physics, mathematics, and chemistry; B.Ed. in secondary science and mathematics teaching), and master's degrees (M.S.Ed. in science education; M.S. in physics) from Purdue University.

Kathleen Falconer has worked tirelessly to develop and provide professional development for the RTOP instrument. The RTOP has enabled our community to compare instruction in physics classrooms across the country in a systematic way. It has been used in many programs, including PhysTEC, our premier pre-service teacher preparation program. The RTOP assessment program served as a model for the UTOP, developing by the UTeach program and used nationally.  

About the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
Established in 1953 and renamed in recognition of AAPT founder Homer L. Dodge in 2012, the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT is presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the association at the national, sectional, or local level.

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

For more information: Contact David Wolfe, Director of Communications, dwolfe@aapt.org, (301) 209-3322, (301) 209-0845 (Fax), www.aapt.org.