2015 Chairs Conference
June 5 - 7, 2015
The American Center for Physics
College Park, Maryland
The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers are pleased to jointly organize the 2015 Physics Department Chairs Conference. This conference is part of a series of conferences that are now organized annually.
This conference is held in conjunction with a Congressional Visit Day (CVD). The APS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) facilitates communication between physicists and Congress through CVDs. The APS OPA will assist CVD participants with setting up a meeting with their representative or senator and will provide supporting material on scientific issues of concern.
The chairs conference is designed by chairs for chairs. The program will address topics of significant concern to chairs, including strategies for increasing physics majors, managing faculty effectively, tying the curriculum to physics careers, and promoting diversity and inclusion, among others. In addition there will be a number of opportunities for networking and discussion, including receptions and breakout sessions by type of institution.
Registration for this event is closed. Participants must register online and pay the $350 registration fee. This fee includes all meals, events, and transportation during the conference.
Kay Kinoshita, Cincinnati
Pablo Laguna, Georgia Tech
Steve McCauley, Cal Poly Pomona
Brad Orr, Michigan
Beth Parks, Colgate
Quinton Williams, Howard
Bob Hilborn, AAPT
Monica Plisch, APS
The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is offering a special group rate of $119 per night.
|Friday, June 5, 2015 (College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center)|
|8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Congressional Visit Day
|3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
||Workshop for New Chairs
|5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
||Town hall meeting with NSF program officers
|6:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Welcome Reception|
|7:00 - 8:30 p.m.||Dinner and Keynote:
Reimagining Physics Departments as Trends in Higher Education Break the Mold for Past Designs
|Saturday, June 6 (American Center for Physics)|
|8:00 a.m.||Bus departs hotel for ACP (board bus alongside hotel near parking garage entrance)|
|8:30 - 10:00 a.m.||Panel on Building Thriving Undergraduate Programs|
|10:00 - 10:30 a.m.||Break|
|10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Workshop on Managing Faculty/Difficult Conversations
|12:00 - 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:00 p.m.||Breakout/Workshop I
|2:15 - 3:15 p.m.||Breakout/Workshop II
|3:15 - 3:45 p.m.||Break|
|3:45 - 5:15 p.m.||Fostering Diversity in Physics Programs
|5:15 - 6:00 p.m.||Reception|
|6:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:00 p.m.||Bus departs ACP for hotel|
|Sunday, June 7 (College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center)|
|8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
||Preparing Students for Careers
|9:30 - 10:00 a.m.||Break|
|10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
||Reforming Introductory Physics