Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers
The meeting was called to order by President Bill Hogan at 10:15 a.m. In attendance were the following Council members and visitors: Kenneth Mellendorf, Carl Wenning, Troy Gobble, Bill Hogan, Rob Mason, Ben Brown, Brian Davies, Diana Roth, Ann Brandon, Debby Lojkutz, Dave Renneke, Raydo Bugayong, Chris LaRoche, and Elisabeth Langford. The following items were addressed and decisions made:
Expenses: It was agreed that the Council members would absorb their own travel costs for this meeting.
Distinguished Service Award: Speaking on behalf of the DSA Committee, Carl noted that one nomination had been received to date, and that this and any other names members would care to submit would be brought before the Council electronically for a formal decision.
Secretary-Treasurer Report: The minutes of the Spring 2006 Council meeting were read and approved without correction. Carl noted a balance of $5,250.59. The Treasurer's report was likewise approved without question or amendment.
Nominations: Carl noted that Kim Shaw would appreciate assistance in finding nominations for the officer and council positions that need to be filled at the fall meeting. Several names were put forward. Both Bill and Troy will contact these individuals to see if they are interesting in assuming new duties. Bill will communicate results to Kim.
Ad Hoc Committee: The Ad Hoc Committee for High School Physics Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and Retention has produced two brochures, “Become a High School Physics Teacher” and “Recruiting the Next Generation of High School Science Teachers.” Carl solicited comments for improvement in the latter, the former having been reviewed by attendees at the recent joint meeting of the ISAAPT and the CS-AAPT. Following revisions in “Next Generation,” Carl will forward the final copy to the Council for review. Pending approval, Carl will print informal copies in large enough quantities for distribution at the Fall Section meeting using remaining money from the earlier $500 AAPT allocation. Decisions will be made later as to professional production using Section funds. Carl also briefly reported on his participation in a meeting at Cornell University to which he had been invited to talk about the ISAAPT Pipeline Project. He noted the great enthusiasm that was shown for the two draft brochures, and noted that Ted Hodapp has asked the ISAAPT to consider sending representatives to section meetings nationwide to disseminate information about the Pipeline Project. He asked that the ISAAPT Section Rep provide information to other section reps at the Syracuse meeting.
Guidebook Program: The ISAAPT Guidebook Program was approved for another three years. It was formally agreed that the Guidebook Program should extend to all Illinois teacher education programs and their physics education majors, despite the fact that some programs are located within the boundaries of CS-AAPT. CS-AAPT will be alerted about this program by Carl.
Section Representative: Carl indicated that he has been asked to join the AAPT’s Teacher Preparation Committee. He also noted that the Section Rep meeting at Syracuse is concurrently scheduled with the Teacher Prep Committee. He has asked for someone to substitute for him as Section Rep for this meeting, and indicated that a new Section Rep needs to be elected at the Fall ISAAPT meeting due to the prospects of ongoing schedule conflicts. Carl will see if Kim Shaw can substitute for him at the Section Rep meeting in Syracuse to disseminate information about the ISAAPT’s Pipeline Project.
Future Direction of ISAAPT: Bill asked everyone to comment briefly on the future direction of the Section. Following these comments, Bill stated that there appears to be four major preferences for future directions: (1) Section meetings should be more friendly to high school teachers, (2) the Section should have a greater outreach and try to get more people involved with its activities, (3) the Section must find ways to provide for activity between the semi-annual meetings, and (4) the Section needs to continue working on the Pipeline Project. Carl will continue to Chair the Ad Hoc Committee as well as continue to manage the Guidebook Program into the foreseeable future.
Meetings: A number of ideas were mentioned for improving Section meetings:
Outreach and Activity: The following activities were suggested for getting more people involved in the Section:
Bill noted that only if Council members take the lead to become actively involved in the above efforts will things change for the better. He strongly urged everyone to do what they can starting today.
Constitution & Bylaws: Due to shortness of time, these were quickly summarized. Bill asked the Council to read the Constitution and Bylaws, and submit to him recommendations for improvement. He stated that an Ad Hoc Committee for Constitution and Bylaws Review made up of the president (Bill), president-elect (Troy), and past-president (Kim Shaw) currently exists, would collect recommendations for amendments, and address them in the future. Among the suggestions for revision at the time of the meeting were for statements regarding the definition of a quorum, installation date of officers, and use of Robert’s Rules of Order. There was a question about whether or not the Ad Hoc Committee for High School Physics Teacher Candidate Recruitment, Preparation, and Retention should become a standing committee. Council members were asked to send written proposals for amendments to Bill for further consideration.
Future Meetings: The three scheduled upcoming Section meetings were reviewed. Carl noted that he has not had any luck communicating with Gary Gladding at UIUC about a Spring 2008 meeting. It was suggested that Carl contact either Mats Selens or Tim Stelzer about the possibility. Carl will check back with the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers to see if they are willing to hold a joint conference with the ISAAPT during the Fall of 2008 at Illinois State University. (Carl noted that this does not constitute an offer by ISU to host the Fall 2008 meeting otherwise as he might well be retired from ISU at that time.)
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:08 pm. The group posed for a picture (shown above).
Carl J. Wenning
Last update: July 21, 2006
Total special pre-session budget: $500.00 (AAPT grant) + $70.00 (workshop registrations) = $570.00 (fall 2004).
Total special pre-session balance: $570.00 - $275.45 = $224.55