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  • Potvin, Geoff
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  • Sabo, Hannah
  • Sawtelle, Vashti
  • Scanlon, Erin
  • Turpen, Chandra
  • Vokos, Stamatis

Contact Information

Vashti Sawtelle and Chandra Turpen are co-chairs of the PERLOC group.

Gina Passante, ex officio, as 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 ($15 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 Roles and Responsibilities

Vashti Sawtelle (2017-2020), co-Chair
Chandra Turpen (2017-2020), co-Chair
Geoff Potvin (2018-2021), Vice-chair/Treasurer
Stamatis Vokos (2018-2021), PERTG MiniGrants
Hannah Sabo (2019 - 2021), PERTG MiniGrants, PERCoGS rep
Erin Scanlin (2019 - 2022), PERC Liason
Ed Price (2019 - 2022)
Gina Passante (2019 - 2020), Ex-officio/RiPE chair
For contact information click on the relevant link in the membership list at right.