APS News

June 2017 (Volume 26, Number 6)

Education and Diversity Update

Free Faculty Mentoring Webinar June 19

The APS National Mentoring Community will host a webinar on June 19 at 1:00 pm EDT, featuring mentoring expert Christine Pfund from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She contributes to several initiatives there, including the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research and the National Research Mentoring Network. Pfund will address current mentoring research and recommend resources to further promote faculty development in mentoring. This free webinar is open to faculty members at all levels of experience who are interested in mentoring. Learn more and register for the webinar.

Request a Professional Skills Seminar for Women in Physics

View a list of phycisists who will come to your college or university and lead a two-hour interactive workshop for undergraduate and graduate women in physics.

Participants will learn to:

  • Articulate goals

  • Enhance personal presence

  • Negotiate for jobs and

  • Develop alliances as women in academia and the workplace.

These seminars are free, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

2018 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference

Save the date! The 2018 Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to educating physics teachers. It will take place February 9-10 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland. The Conference features workshops, poster sessions, panel discussions on best practices, and presentations by national leaders in physics teacher education, as well as excellent networking opportunities.

  • The Conference will feature a one-day Physics and Everyday Thinking workshop on February 8. Funding for travel to the workshop will be available.

  • Faculty from minority-serving institutions are eligible to apply for Conference travel grants.

Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program Workshop

Following the PhysTEC Conference on February 10-11 there will be a Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program Workshop. More Information

The goal of the workshop is to assist departments in developing strategies for increasing enrollment of physics majors. Institutions are invited to send teams of two to four faculty members to analyze their current departmental situation and decide how to take actions that will help them achieve their goals and sustain progress.

Experienced faculty from departments that have had large increases in their numbers of physics majors will facilitate workshop activities in small groups and describe their own experiences through plenaries and case-study talks.

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Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Rachel Gaal
Contributing Correspondent: Alaina G. Levine
Publication Designer and Production: Nancy Bennett-Karasik