Undergraduate Faculty

Resources for Undergraduate Physics Faculty

SCALE-UP Project

classroom featured in SCALE-UP video

Students at University of Minnesota in SCALE-UP classroom.
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Physics Visuals

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Physics Quantum information poster

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Get Recognized

A new award from the APS Committee on Education seeks to recognize physics departments that support best practices in education at the undergraduate level. If you have an exemplary program, consider nominating it.
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Improve Your Mentoring

APS and the University of Wisconsin have developed a training seminar for physics faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are in mentorship roles.
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Ethics Training Guide

APS has developed an activity and discussion guide for training in physics research ethics.
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Give Your Program a Boost

The SPIN-UP Report is a widely recognized resource for revitalizing undergraduate physics programs.
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APS supports physics and astronomy faculty members in improving their undergraduate programs, reforming courses, and preparing students for careers in physics and other fields.

Distance Education
APS will host "Go the Distance" in June 2013.  The workshop will discuss MOOCs, online and flipped classrooms, assessment and research, and laboratories as they relate to distance education.
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Teaching Undergraduates
APS resources include links to studies on undergraduate education, programs for course transformation, and research-based curricula.
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Recruiting the Next Generation of Physics Majors
APS resources can help you recruit more students to your program, and retain them.
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New Faculty Workshops
The semiannual New Faculty Workshops introduce new faculty members to research-based teaching, grant opportunities in research and education, and other professional development opportunities.
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Support for Faculty Offering Research Experiences
APS provides a variety of resources to support faculty who offer research experiences for undergraduates.
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Preparing the Next Generation of Physics Teachers

APS can help you recruit and prepare students to become K-12 physics and physical science teachers.
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Making the Case for Your Program
APS provides resources for departments seeking to demonstrate value to their institutions and the greater community.
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Undergraduate Physics Statistics
APS and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistical Research Center provide a variety of statistics on undergraduate physics in the US.
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Physics Education Research (PER) Speakers
The APS Speakers Lists contain names, contact information, and talk titles of physicists who are willing to give talks on a variety of subjects.
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Support for Physics Faculty - Webinars
APS Webinars offer interactive discussion, career guidance, and advice from fellow physicists. Some webinars are specifically created for physics faculty and students.
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Joint Statement on the Education of Future Teachers
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and most of its member societies, including APS and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), endorse this statement regarding science teacher preparation.
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