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PER Committee Lists

RiPE Committee Chairs

In 1981 (?), the AAPT formed a new committee on Research in Physics Education. Lillian McDermott was the first chair. Subsequent chairs are listed below (the dates need to be amended!):

  • Lillian McDermott (1981 - 1984)
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  • Dewey Dykstra (xxxx-1996)
  • Bob Beichner (1996-1998)
  • Richard Steinberg (1997-1998)
  • Rand Harrington (1998-2000)
  • Stamatis Vokos (2000-2003)
  • Scott Franklin (2003-2006)
  • Rachel Scherr (2006-2007)
  • Charles Henderson (2007-2009)
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  • Warren Christensen (x-2012-x)

PERLOC Members

In 2003, under the guidance of Stamatis Vokos and others, an organizing committee was formed to help create a topical group on physics education research within the AAPT. This topical group, the first in the AAPT, is led by the Physics Education Research Leadership and Organizing Committee whose members are elected from within the membership of the topical group. Membership in the topical group is open to all AAPT members, and elections are held on a democratic basis. The chair of PERLOC is chosen from within the board. Names are listed in alphabetical order.

  • 2007, Noah Finkelstein, Steve Kanim, Lillian McDermott, Valerie Otero, Joe Redish, Rachel Scherr (RiPE committee chair) Michael Wittmann (PERLOC chair)
  • 2008, Melissa Dancy, Noah Finkelstein, Charles Henderson (RiPE committee chair), Lillian McDermott, Valerie Otero, Rachel Scherr, Michael Wittmann (PERLOC chair)
  • 2009, Melissa Dancy, Noah Finkelstein, Charles Henderson (RiPE committee chair), Lillian McDermott, Valerie Otero, Rachel Scherr, Michael Wittmann (PERLOC chair)
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  • 2012, Andrew Elby, Danielle Harlow, Dewey Dykstra, Eugenia Etkina, Laura McCullough, MacKenzie Stetzer, Warren Christensen (RiPE committee chair)