Theodore Hodapp
Director of Education and Diversity, American Physical Society  

Pipeline I Panelist
Theodore Hodapp is the director of education and diversity for the American Physical Society (APS). The APS Department of Education and Diversity runs programs that advocate issues relevant to minorities and women, and in areas of education and professional development. Hodapp is project director of the APS Bridge Program, which is erasing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students at the Ph.D. level in physics. He helps lead a large National Science Foundation (NSF) and APS-funded national effort, the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) that is increasing the quantity of highly-qualified high school physics teachers. He is principal investigator on several grants that support APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, and is currently developing a national effort to provide local mentors for underrepresented minority students studying physics, the APS National Mentoring Community. Before coming to the APS, Hodapp served as program director in the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education, working with programs in curriculum development and implementation, teacher preparation, scholarships, education assessment and digital libraries. Prior to coming to the NSF, Hodapp was professor and chair of the Hamline University Physics Department. He served as chair of the Physics and Astronomy Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research interests include laser cooling, optical modeling, and physics education research.