2018 Department Chairs Conference

2018 Department Chairs ConferenceJune 7 - 9, 2018
American Center for Physics
College Park, Maryland

The American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers are pleased to announce the 2018 Physics Department Chairs Conference, to be held on June 7-9, 2018. Designed by chairs, for chairs, the program will feature extended discussions and networking with other chairs on topics prioritized by you, including:

  • Working with administration
  • Recruitment (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Program assessment
  • Transforming pedagogy
  • Preparing students for careers
  • Working with difficult people
  • Mentoring faculty
  • Building departmental leadership

The program also includes receptions for further discussion, breakout sessions by institution type, and a workshop for new chairs.

Optional Congressional Visit Day

In addition, there will be a Congressional Visit Day (CVD) prior to the start of the conference. 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.

Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Phys21 in Practice: Building a Supportive Ecosystem for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Physics Departments

Members of the APS PIPELINE program, a project which focuses on developing methods to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship education into physics (PIE), will be hosting a half-day workshop immediately following the 2018 Department Chair’s conference in College Park, MD. The workshop will focus on PIE as a mechanism to achieve the goals outlined in the Phys21 report, and develop examples of implementations that you can take back to your campus.


Sponsored by the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers.