For the two or three of you that have been wondering whether I won my election in the American Physical Society Forum on Education, the answer is “yes”. I will be Vice Chair of the organization beginning in May, and will serve a four year rotation on the Forum’s chair line.
The next obvious question is this: What could the voters possibly have been thinking? I previously shared my candidate statement, which included this:
Campaigning for the expansion and improvement of physics instruction in our K-12 schools is a legitimate and important role for the community of professional physicists, along with other members of the scientific community. To be effective, such campaigning must be coupled to redoubled efforts to increase the supply of highly qualified physics teachers through both pre-service and in-service programs.
So those who voted for me were at least willing to tolerate the idea of political advocacy for expanding and improving physics instruction in the K-12 schools.