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Abstract Title: Diverse Career Paths in Physics Education: A Panel Discussion
Abstract: Experience and training in physics education research and physics teaching prepare individuals for a variety of careers. However, despite the versatility of physics education training,, "traditional" career paths including research-focused post-doctoral positions leading to tenure track positions at universities are often implicitly or explicitly emphasized. To provide the physics education research community, particularly   members of the community who are early in their careers, with a more complete picture of the landscape of potential careers, this session will provide a space to discuss experiences in a variety of physics education careers. The panelists in this session will include physicists from industry, community colleges, data science, consulting both in and outside of academia, and positions within the American Physical Society. The panel discussion will begin with each panelist describing their backgrounds and current positions, followed by an open question and answer format between the panel and the audience.
Abstract Type: Custom Format
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel Henderson
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 4128481913
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alanna Pawlak -- Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder
Tom Finzell -- Department of Physics & Astronomy, Macalester College