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  • Barth-Cohen, Lauren
  • Churukian, Alice
  • Henderson, Rachel
  • Krishna, Sujata
  • Rosenblatt, Rebecca
  • Wilcox, Bethany
  • Zich, Raymond
  • Zimmerman, Charlotte

Contact Information

Bethany Wilcox and Rachel Henderson are the co-chairs of PERLOC for 2022.

Alice Churukian, ex officio, is Chair of the AAPT Committee on Research in Physics Education.

The Physics Education Research Topical Group (PERTG) is a Topical Group within the American Association of Physics Teachers, formed for those with a special interest in research on the teaching and learning of physics.

The Physics Education Research Leadership and Organizing Council (PERLOC) is elected by PERTG to serve as the representative body for community decision-making.

Click on links in the tabs at the top or the sidebar to the right to find more information about PERLOC, upcoming events, and more.

PERTG Membership within AAPT

For AAPT members to be part of the PERTG, they may self-identify and pay an annual fee of $40 (free for students). The fee is paid at the time of renewing AAPT membership and will be deposited in a special account to fund PERLOC activities/functions/programs. Click here to apply.

Funds will be used for:
  • costs related to the annual Physics Education Research Conference (PERC), such as funds for invited speakers from outside PER and publication costs for the PERC Proceedings,
  • financial support for PER-Central, the online clearinghouse containing links to PER-based materials, research results and publications, and discussion fora
  • general support for PER activities within AAPT.

PERLOC Members, Roles and Responsibilities

  • Bethany Wilcox (2020-2023) Co-Chair
    Bethany is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at University of Colorado Boulder.  Her research focuses on understanding the intersection between mathematics and physics as well as developing more authentic and flexible research-based assessments.
  • Rachel Henderson (2021-2024) Co-Chair
  • Rebecca Rosenblatt (2021-2024) Treasurer, PERC Liaison
  • Raymond Zich (2022-2025) PERC Liaison
  • Lauren Barth-Cohen (2022-2025) PERTG MiniGrants
    Lauren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. She also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Her research focuses on student and teacher conceptual learning in the physical sciences. She teaches elementary science methods courses for pre-service teachers and graduate courses in education. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her wife and their young child.
  • Charlotte Zimmerman (2021-2023) PERCoGS Rep, PERTG MiniGrants
  • Sujata Krishna (2022-2023) GPER Liaison  
    Sujata is an Assistant Instructional Professor at the University of Florida. She has lived and worked in India, UK and USA, and actively supports diversity and inclusion by diversifying her physics LA program.
  • Alice Churukian (2022-2023) Ex-officio/RiPE Chair
  • Alice will be starting a new position as Senior Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of South Carolina in August.  She will be coordinating the conversion of their intro courses to the Lecture/Studio format and is in line to become the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department next year.

For contact information click on the relevant link in the membership list at right.