American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the Spring Council
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
April 5, 2008
President Deb Lojkutz called the
meeting to order at 7:10 am. Council Members present: President Elect
Tom Foster, Secretary/Treasurer Dave Sykes, Webmaster Dave Renneke,
Newsletter Editor Brian Davies, Doug Brandt, Chris LaRoche, Rob Mason,
Zak Knott, Ann Brandon, Ray Bugayong, Tom Snyder, Ken Mellendorf, Tom
Carter, Don Reid, Dominic Sarsah, Ex-officio Member Cliff Parker
(Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Committee Chair), and visitors
Carl Wenning and Rebecca Wenning-Vieyra.
E-Action Items: Two items
were acted upon by the ISAAPT Council between the Fall and Spring
meetings via the Council List-Serve.
1. A motion to approve the
Council Minutes of the Fall Meeting at Lincoln Land Community College
was made on 12/7/07 by Dave Renneke and seconded by Doug Brandt. With no
discussion the question was called and Deb Lojkutz emailed the council
on 12/10/07 that the motion had passed.
2. On February 8th Cliff Parker
forwarded the nomination information for the High School Physics Teacher
of the Year Award to council members and asked them to cast their vote
within two weeks. After about three weeks Cliff emailed that John Baier
Dave presented the treasurer’s report. A motion to approve the
treasurer’s report was made by Doug Brandt and seconded by Ann
Brandon. Dave stated that the treasury was low but that we will start to
realize the dues increase beginning with this meeting. The motion was
Section Representative Report:
Elizabeth Langford was unable to attend the council meeting and
consequently no section representative report was made.
High School Representative
Report: Ann Brandon reported that work was nearly done on the New
Teacher Handbook and should be published this year.
Publicity Chair, Section Editor, and Webmaster
Report: Dave Renneke reported the ISAAPT Web site was founded in
1995 and has had a domain name since 1998. The domain name is up for
renewal this year at a cost of $75.00. A motion to renew the ISAAPT
website domain name for five (5) years at a cost of $75.00 was made
by Dave and seconded by Ken Mellendorf. The motion passed without
Brian Davies reported that 105 newsletters were made and 100 were mailed
at a total cost of $94.05.
Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award:
Cliff Parker reported that John Baier had won this year's Outstanding
High School Physics Teacher Award.
Committee for the Distinguished
Service Citation Report: Committee Chair Diana Roth was unable to
attend and consequently no report was made. Council members were
reminded to send nominations to Diana.
Nominating Committee Report:
Past-President Troy Gobble was unable to attend and consequently no
report was made.
Update: No representative of the University of Illinois was present
and consequently no report was made.
Meeting Update: Carl Wenning reported that planning is going well
for the October 10-11 joint meeting of the ISAAPT and the Illinois
Association of Chemistry Teachers to be held at Illinois State
University in Normal.
Fall, Oct. 10-11, 2008 - Illinois State University, Normal.
Spring, 2009 - Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington.
Fall, 2009 - Illinois Central College, East Peoria.
Spring, 2010 - Blackburn College, Carlinville (tentative).
1. Constitutional Revision.
After discussion concerning constitutional items up for revision
including, but not limited to,
• Creation of
a standing committee to replace the ad-hoc committee on
Physics Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and
• Adoption of the Rossing Fund Committee
• Make the ISAAPT webmaster an ex-officio member of the
• Delete snail mail method for disseminating meeting
it was moved by Ken to
conduct a special meeting of the ISAAPT Council for the purpose of
revising the ISAAPT constitution. The motion was seconded by Rob
Mason and passed. Carl suggested that the meeting be held at Illinois
State University in July.
2. Rossing Fund. Dave
Sykes presented a contract between the ISAAPT and AAPT detailing the
management of the $30,000 donation made by Dr. Thomas Rossing. Council
members raised questions concerning:
• If the
interest generated could be used for consecutive meetings
• If the year referred to in the contract was calendar or
Dave stated he would investigate
the intent of the AAPT concerning the questions raised by the council.
3. Brochure and Booklet
Mailing. Ann Brandon reported that she had mailed the brochures and
booklets to schools outside the Chicago area and used the Chicago school
delivery system for the rest. The total cost of delivery was $246.05.
4. Guidebook Program.
Carl Wenning reported that the guidebooks given to graduates of physics
teacher education programs are “5 Easy Lessons” by Knight and “Physics
with Real Life Applications” by Cunningham and Herr.
1. Winter, 2009 AAPT Meeting. Dave reported that he had been in
contact with Charlie Holbrow, executive officer of the AAPT, concerning
the involvement of the ISAAPT/Chicago Section with the AAPT winter
meeting in Chicago. To date two activities are planned; the Chicago
Section is planning a Demo Show and the Ad-hoc Committee for Teacher
Recruitment, Preparation, and Retention is planning a cracker barrel
session for coordinators of physics teacher education programs.
Student Symposium. Carl reported that it may be more appropriate to
have the newly organized APS section conduct the student symposium as
most student presentations are not education oriented. Brian Davies
added that he has contacted the coordinator of the local APS to inquire
about joint meetings with the ISAAPT. Brian also stated that Ohio and
Texas have AAPT and APS sections with great working relationships.
Ad-Hoc Committee on Physics Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and
Retention. Carl reported that the Ad-Hoc Committee had met on Friday
at 10:00 am. He summarized the actions to be implemented:
• Prepare a survey and disseminate it to all Illinois physics
teacher education programs.
• Host a meeting for the Ad-Hoc Committee and Illinois
physics teacher education program
coordinators in early August.
• Apply for funding from the AAPT to support the development
of the Illinois physics teacher
• Conduct a cracker barrel session at the AAPT winter meeting
in Chicago to initiate the development
of a national physics teacher educator
• To help Carl develop a proposal to fund a National
Institute for Physics Teacher Educators (NIPTE).
The Council meeting was adjourned at 8:40 am.
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, IL 62794-9256