APS April Meeting 2018
Volume 63, Number 4
Saturday–Tuesday, April 14–17, 2018;
Session D03: Research in Recruiting Physics Teachers
3:30 PM–5:18 PM,
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Chair: Andrew Heckler, Ohio State Univ - Columbus
Abstract ID: BAPS.2018.APR.D03.1
Abstract: D03.00001 : Recruiting teachers in high-needs STEM fields*
3:30 PM–4:06 PM
(Univ of Texas, Austin)
The United States faces persistent shortages of appropriately trained middle and high school STEM teachers in high-needs fields, particularly physics, chemistry, and computer science. The American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Computing Research Association and Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership surveyed over
6000 current and recent majors in our disciplines. The project also involved Monica Plisch and co-author Casey Brown.
Our main findings included
\item Around half of STEM majors indicate some interest in teaching, suggesting a significant pool from which more
STEM teachers could be recruited.
\item Undergraduate STEM majors underestimate teacher compensation, and the salaries they report would interest
them in teaching are close to actual salaries.
\item Students are most inclined to consider teaching in departments where the faculty discuss teaching as a career
Our recommendations to professional societies and disciplinary departments are to
\item Impress upon university faculty and advisors in STEM disciplinary departments the importance of promoting
middle and high school teaching with their undergraduate majors and graduate students, and of providing
them accurate information about the actual salary and positive features of teaching.
\item Support high-quality academic programs that prepare students for STEM teaching, and expand good models to
more universities. Strong programs provide improved coursework, prevent certification from requiring extra
time, and support their students and graduates financially and academically.
\item Support financial and other support for students pursuing STEM teaching.
\item Advocate for increases in annual compensation, including summer stipends, on the order of $5K-$25K for
teachers in the hardest to staff STEM disciplines.
\item Support programs that improve the professional life and community of STEM teachers.
*Work supported by the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2018.APR.D03.1