GPER 2020 Election Results
By: Paula Heron (GPER Past Chair)
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 election to the GPER Executive Committee.
The new Vice-Chair is Jennifer Blue. Jennifer is a Professor of Physics at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. She has been working on issues of inclusion in physics since starting a Women in Math and Science group in college more than 30 years ago. She earned an MS in physics and a PhD in science education at the University of Minnesota, with Ken and Pat Heller. Since then, she has been teaching: first at Saint Mary’s School, a girls’ boarding school in Raleigh, then at the University of Maine at Farmington, and since 2002, at Miami. Her goal this whole time has been to help more students get into physics. She teaches physics and astronomy courses to non-majors, making the content as accessible as possible, and also teaches pedagogy classes, both to teaching assistants in physics and also to students working towards our graduate certificate in college teaching. She spearheaded the conversion to SCALE-UP in her department. Jennifer’ external funding has been for working with in-service teachers, working with preservice teachers through the Noyce program, helping traditionally excluded students prepare for graduate school through the REU program, and trying to help students succeed in our introductory class. She has given invited talks and published on gender in physics since the mid-90s.
The new Member-at-Large is Alexis V. Knaub. Alexis earned a bachelor’s in physics (Smith College), master’s in physics (DePaul University, and a doctorate in science education, specializing in physics education (Boston University). She was a postdoc at Western Michigan University and currently works as a consultant, external evaluator, and project manager. As a researcher and external evaluator, she has worked on a variety of projects in postsecondary STEM education. Much of this work focuses on sustainability and propagation of projects, sustained change, and equity, diversity, & inclusion. She is the vice chair of the AAPT Committee on Diversity in Physics and a member of the APS Committee on Membership. Alexis has also co-guest-edited a Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) Focused Collection on Quantitative Methods.
Of the 563 current GPER members, 154 (27%) voted in the election. Congratulations to these well-deserving candidates and a thank you to all who participated!
With the addition of Jennifer and Alexis, the elected members of the 2021 Executive Committee will be:
Past-Chair: Andrew Heckler, Ohio State Univ - Columbus
Chair: Leslie Atkins Elliott, Boise State University
Chair-Elect: Lioudmila Kryjevskaia, North Dakota State University
Vice-Chair: Jennifer Blue, Miami University of Ohio
Secretary/Treasurer: Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado, Boulder
Member-at-Large: Rachel Henderson, Michigan State University
Member-at-Large: Alexis Knaub, American Association of Physics Teachers