The Park University Alumni Associationís 2005
Distinguished Alumnus is John W. Layman, í55. Layman is being
recognized for his outstanding career as a physics and science educator,
his prowess in the classroom, and his publications and service within
the academic community.
John Layman holds the designation Professor
Emeritus of Education and Physics, Department of Curriculum and
Instruction, and Department of Physics from the University of Maryland.
Shortly after his 1955 graduation from Park and a
short stint in the Army, Layman began his lifelong teaching career. He
started as a high school physics teacher, teaching in both Kansas City
and North Kansas City Missouri school districts. He earned a Master of
Science in Education from Temple University in 1962 and a Doctorate in
Education from Oklahoma State University in 1970.
Layman entered the field of higher education in
1970, when he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland. He held
a joint appointment between the College of Education Science Teaching
Center, and the Physics Department. Laymanís primary research activities
have related to the teaching and learning of physics. Many of his
activities focused on the use of microcomputers in the laboratory. He
has been the recipient of five National Science Foundation Grants,
including a state-wide collaborative grant to design programs for
elementary and middle school teachers specializing in math and science.
He is also one of the leaders of the Physics Teacher Education
Coalition, a joint NSF sponsored program with the American Physical
Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American
Institute of Physics.
Layman is a prolific and accomplished author. He
co-authored such scholarly works as Inquiry and Learning: Realizing
Science Standards in the Classroom for the College Board and
an article on The Microcomputer and Practical Work in Science
Laboratories. He has contributed to and/or edited numerous books
and chapters relating to the teaching of science. His
publications, the workshops he has given, and his invited and
contributed talks have earned him an international reputation. He has
been invited to make presentation in such venues as the South African
Institute of Physics, Durban, South Africa the University of Pavia,
Pavia, Italy, Culalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand, the University
of the Philippines, as well as numerous conferences and workshops
throughout the United States.
In addition to his scholarly responsibilities and
accomplishments, Layman gives of his time and energy to organizations
dedicated to the advancement of science and education. He has served in
various positions, including president of the American Association of
Physics Teachers, secretary of the AAPT, and member of the American
Institute of Physics Governing Board. He has served as a member of
numerous committees and advisory boards including that of MERCK; the
advisory committee of a National Academy of Sciences/Smithsonian
Institutions Project; The College Boardís Science Academic Advisory
Committee; the QUEST Project at the University of Indiana; and the
National Visiting Committee, of a Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics Teacher Education Collaborative, a National Science
Foundation (NSF) Collaborative for Excellence in Education at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Laymanís work has received recognition within the
professional community. His highest honor was being chosen as the 1998
Melba Newell Phillips Award by the American Association of Physics
Teachers and of course Distinguished Alumnus at Park University. He has
been elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement
of Science and the American Physical Society.
John Layman and Ellen Petrie, '55 (deceased),
sweethearts at Park College, were married the day after graduation in
the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. They had two children, and John now
has four grandchildren. They shared personal and professional lives
during 37 years of marriage.
Park Universityís Alumni Association is pleased to
recognize John W. Layman as its 2005 Distinguished Alumnus.