American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the Fall Council
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois
October 13, 2007
President Troy Gobble called the
meeting to order at 7:50 am. Council members present: Past President
Bill Hogan, President-Elect Debby Lojkutz, Webmaster Dave Renneke,
Secretary/Treasurer Dave Sykes, Newsletter Editor Brian Davies, Doug
Brandt, Chris LaRoche, Tom Foster, Rob Mason, Zak Knott, Ann Brandon,
Ray Bugayong, Tom Snyder, Ken Mellendorf, and Elizabeth Langford, as
well as Rebecca Vieyra, Tom Carter, and Carl Wenning (visitors).
E-Action Items: Four items
were acted upon by the ISAAPT Council between the Spring and Fall
meetings via the Council List-Serve.
1. A motion to approve the Council
Minutes of the Spring Meeting at Western Illinois University was made on
4/13/07. After discussion, corrections, and vote, Troy Gobble e-mailed
the council on 4/24/07 that the motion had been approved.
2. The following motion was made
by Carl Wenning on 4/13/07: To have the ISAAPT allocate $750 for the
production - in possible cooperation with the Illinois Association of
Chemistry Teachers (IACT) and the Illinois Association of Science
Teachers (ISTA) - of two publications "A Career in Science Teaching" and
"Guidelines for Recruiting the Next Generation of Science Teachers."
After the vote Troy Gobble e-mailed the council on 4/27/07 that the
motion had been approved.
3. The following motion was made
by Dave Sykes on 8/16/07: To have the secretary/treasurer of the ISAAPT
set up a fund with the National AAPT for the purpose of managing and
dispersing money from, or generated by, the donation of $30,000 made to
the ISAAPT from Dr. Thomas Rossing. After the vote Troy Gobble e-mailed
the council on 8/30/07 that the motion had been approved.
4. Nominations were forwarded to
the council by the Distinguished Service Citation Committee (Diana Roth
and Dave Sykes) on 10/01/07: Troy Gobble e-mailed the committee on
10/03/07 that a vote of the council had approved of Dr. Bill Hogan as
this years recipient.
Dave Sykes presented the treasurer's report (see attached). A motion to
approve the treasurer's report was made by Deb Lojkutz and seconded by
Zak Knott. Motion was approved.
Section Representative Report:
No section representative report was submitted as section rep Kim
Shaw is no longer with the ISAAPT.
High School Representative
Report: Ann Brandon reported the following items: 1) The New Teacher
Handbook should be published early next year. 2) The AAPT needs a Tech
Editor. 3) Work is being done to develop and/or revise a document
outlining the AAPT's position on the place for labs in a physics course.
4) The AAPT requires at least 7 sessions and 6 workshops for high
schools at national meetings.
Publicity Chair, Section Editor, and Webmaster
Report: Dave Renneke reported that all is going well with the Web
Brian Davies reported that 130 copies of the Illinois Physics Teacher
were printed and distributed at a cost of about $1.00 each.
Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award:
Troy Gobble reported that the nomination forms have been sent out.
Committee for the Distinguished
Service Citation Report: Dave Sykes reported that Dr. Bill Hogan was
this years recipient and the committee is now comprised of Diana Roth
(chair), Bill Hogan, and Dave Sykes.
By-Laws Revision: Bill
Hogan reported that work on revising the by-laws has yet to commence.
Update: Dave Sykes reported that 50 people had registered for the
meeting. Dave also reported income at the meeting was about $1900 and
expenses were projected at about $1800. Overall, Dave estimated at least
a $100 net gain for the meeting.
4-5, 2008 - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Fall, Oct. 10-11, 2008 - Illinois State University, Normal.
Spring, 2009 - Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington
Fall, 2009 - Illinois Central College, East Peoria
Carl Wenning reported that the
Fall, 2008 meeting at ISU will be a joint meeting with the Illinois
Chemistry Teachers Association. No report was made for the upcoming
meeting at UIUC.
Nominations Committee Report:
Bill Hogan reported that the slate of nominees for the upcoming
elections (to be held at the General Membership Business Meeting this
afternoon) were as follows:
President-Elect: Tom Foster
Four Year Representative: Doug Brandt
Two Year Representative: Tom Carter
High School Representative: Don Reid
Discussion ensued concerning the
need for a section representative who could consistently attend national
meetings. During the last three or four years several members have
taken turns to fulfill the duties of the section rep. No solution to the
problem was arrived at. Dave Sykes stated that provisions in the
constitution require the election of a single person. As a result the
council sought a member who could (at least for the next national
meeting) take on the position of section representative. Elisabeth
Langford volunteered and consequently became the nominee.
Old Business - Rossing Fund:
Dave Sykes reported that both Dr. Thomas Rossing and the national AAPT
found it acceptable to manage the money donated by Dr. Rossing. Dave
hopes that by the end of the semester a process for management and
dispersal of monies from the fund will be in place. Since the fund is to
be used only for joint meetings involving the ISAAPT, discussion ensued
as to how to facilitate such meetings. It was agreed that institutions
near state lines would be encouraged to be hosts along with planning on
more joint meetings with the Chicago Section.
1. Carl Wenning reported that other states have inquired about using the
format and text of the Teacher Recruitment Brochures and Booklets. Carl
outlined a method by which the ISAAPT (and other associations who
contributed financially to the making of the brochures and booklets)
could make some money. He then made the following motion: To allow other
entities to use the Science Teacher Recruitment Brochure and Booklet
"templates" in exchange for a $300 "licensing fee". Bill Hogan seconded
and the motion was approved. The $300 would be split between the state
associations that contributed to the creation of the brochures and
booklets. The ISAAPT has a 20% financial stake in the brochures and
booklets and thus would earn $60 on every licensing-fee transacted.
2. Carl reported that it is now
appropriate to initiate a mailing of the brochures and booklets (one
booklet and four brochures) to schools throughout the state. Ann Brandon
volunteered to facilitate the mailing. It was agreed that the ISAAPT
will be responsible for the costs incurred by the mailing.
3. Dave Renneke reported that he
had established the domain name illinois-science-teaching.info.
Bill Hogan made the following motion: To reimburse Dave Renneke $45 for
this Web domain name for three years. Zak Knott seconded and the motion
4. Troy Gobble initiated a
discussion on the importance of the ISAAPT becoming more politically
active, especially in its relationship with the Illinois Board of Higher
Education (IBHE). After some discussion, Carl made the following motion:
To create an ad-hoc committee to investigate the possibility of
establishing a relationship with the IHBE, in cooperation with other
science teacher organizations, for the purpose of providing a mechanism
for effective communication between said organizations. The motion was
seconded and approved.
5. Dave Sykes reported that with
recent initiatives instigated by the ISAAPT, spending has increased
significantly without new revenue. After discussion, Dave made the
following motion: To present to the ISAAPT membership at the Business
Meeting for their approval, annual ISAAPT dues of $20 for college
faculty and $10 for high school faculty. The motion was seconded and
6. Carl Wenning reported the
guidebook given to graduates of ISU's Physics Teacher Education Program
would cost approximately $250 this year and that it is the custom and
commitment that these be paid for by the ISAAPT.
The Council meeting was adjourned at 9:20 am.
The annual business meeting of the ISAAPT was held during lunch,
Saturday, October 13. Two items were acted upon:
Upon the recommendation of the Council, the following motion was made:
To increase the annual ISAAPT dues to $20 for college faculty and $10
for high school faculty. After a second and discussion the motion was
Upon the recommendation of the Council, the following motion was made:
To elect the slate of nominees as approved by the Council. The motion
was seconded and unanimously approved.
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, IL 62794-9256