WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS
RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING AWARDS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS
The Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT), in conjunction with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), establishes the following rules and regulations for granting awards and special recognition to individuals who have advanced the field and study of physics within the Wisconsin Section of AAPT.
PAST AWARD WINNERS
|Year||Lifetime Achievement||Service to and/or Excellence in the Teaching of Physics at the:||Innovation in the Teaching of Physics|
|Elementary and/or Secondary School Level||College or University Level|
|Merlin Passow||Mary Williams-Norton|
|1998||Larry Scheckel||Ken Mendelson||Ron Lokken|
|1999||Milo Oppegard||Clint Sprott||Earl Blodgett
John P.G. Shepherd
|2001||Fred Domann||Marian Schraufnagel
|2006||Judy Schmidt||Mark Lattery||Gubbi Sudhakaran||Mike Jackson|
|2009||James Mallmann||Gary Baier|
CATEGORIES OF AWARDS
Persons within the geographic area served by the Wisconsin section of AAPT may be nominated for awards in any or all of the following designated award categories:
I. Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awardees shall have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of physics through long-term, organized activities designated to promote physics and physics education.
II. Service to and/or excellence in the teaching of physics at the elementary and/or secondary school level.
The awardee shall have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of physics and physical science through a continuous teaching program of activities designated to promote physics and physics education.
III. Service to and/or excellence in the teaching of physics at the college or university level.
The awardee shall have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of physics through a continuous teaching program of activities designated to promote physics and physics education.
IV. Innovation in the teaching of physics.
The awardee shall have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of physics and/or physics education through the creation or implementation of a single, significant activity, event, discovery, or other contribution that strongly affects the physics community or the Wisconsin community-at-large.
THE WAPT AWARDS COMMITTEE
I. The WAPT Awards Committee shall consist of three members, two of whom are elected; the third Committee member will be the immediate WAPT past president. One elected member shall be from the high school community; the other shall be from the college/university community. At each annual WAPT business meeting a Committee member shall be elected for a two-year term. No elected Committee member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.
II. The Committee chairperson shall be the senior elected member.
III. Any WAPT member not a WAPT officer is eligible to serve as a member of the WAPT Awards Committee.
THE SELECTION PROCESS/RULES AND REGULATIONS
I. The WAPT Awards Committee shall actively seek nominations from the WAPT membership and from other sources with interests in physics and physics education. Those nominated shall have made significant contributions to the study of physics and/or to physics education in the state of Wisconsin — in the Wisconsin section of AAPT.
II. It shall be the responsibility of nominators to provide documentation supporting their nominations. Forty days prior to the date of the annual meeting shall be the deadline date for which nominations will be accepted for consideration that year.
III. After the deadline date the Committee shall review all nominations and shall ascertain that all supporting documentation is in order. When questions arise, the Committee can request additional documentation and/or clarification from a nominator or from a supporter of a nominee.
IV. The Committee, in conjunction with the WAPT officers (president, vice president/program chairperson, secretary-treasurer, and section representative), shall judge the nominations. If any of these persons has been nominated for an award, he/she must be excused from serving as a judge for that year.
V. Awards will be made for those nominees who garner at least three-fourths (3/4) of the affirmative votes of the judges voting. The decisions of the judges are final. All voting is to be completed fifteen days prior to the date of the annual meeting of any given year.
VI. The chairperson of the Committee, in conjunction with the WAPT president, shall notify those persons selected for awards. Awards will be presented at the WAPT annual meeting (currently being conducted during the last weekend in October). The Committee chairperson, in conjunction with the program chairperson, shall arrange for the presentation of the awards and the attendant ceremony.
VII. No person shall be eligible for more than one award in any one category.
VIII. In any one year the granting of an award in any category is not mandated nor required.
IX. The WAPT secretary-treasurer shall maintain records of the names of the award recipients in each of the designated award categories. These records become a part of the WAPT archives.
X. Any printed or written materials/documentation (including ballots) which were used by the judge in making their decisions are not to be considered part of the WAPT archives and shall be destroyed by the Committee chairperson within a one-week period after the annual meeting. This will also serve to assure that each year nominations, which are made (and the submitted supporting documentation) will be current.
ADDENDUM (… NOT PART OF THE OFFICIAL RULES BUT NEEDED FOR THE FIRST “GO ROUND”…)
At the 1994 WAPT business meeting two Committee members shall be elected, one from the high school community and one from the college/University community. A flip of a coin/a draw of lot shall determine which elected member shall serve a two-year term; the other elected member shall serve a one-year term).