Chandralekha Singh Becomes President of AAPT

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 15 May 2020

During the 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the presidential gavel was presented to Dr. Chandralekha Singh. She will serve as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the coming year. Singh, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Founding Director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, has previously served on the AAPT Board of Directors as President-elect and Vice President.

Regarding her service to AAPT, Singh said, "This position comes with the opportunity to lead an organization that I revere and work with dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues who share my passion for enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching."

One of Singh’s goals will be to bring pre-college and college physics educators closer together. “We will continue to build strong partnerships between pre-college and college physics educators and take advantage of the great opportunity that AAPT provides to interact with and learn from each other to improve the learning of our students.”

Singh will also focus on expanding professional development activities for physics educators that focus on making physics classrooms inclusive and equitable. “These activities can help physics instructors improve students’ sense of belonging and create a low anxiety learning environment in which all students can contribute to physics related discussions without fear of being wrong.” 

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