Local Educators Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Two Alfred State College faculty members were selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's AP (Advanced Placement) Examinations in Louisville, KY, in June in calculus and biology.

Dr. Earl Packard, assistant professor and chair, Mathematics and Physics Department and John Buckwalter, SUNY distinguished teaching professor and chair, Physical and Life Sciences Department, were tapped to participate this year.

Packard, who joined the ASC faculty in 2003, holds a PhD in mathematics from Tulane University, a bachelor of science of education (BSE) in mathematics from Mansfield University, and a bachelor of science degree in music education from Mansfield State College.  Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Packard taught at Kutztown University (PA) and the University of Arkansas, Monticello. 

Hired in 1982, Buckwalter joined the faculty as an assistant professor, teaching general biology, genetics, and environmental science.  Buckwalter holds a master of arts degree from SUNY Geneseo and a bachelor of science degree from Houghton College.  He has completed additional post-graduate study at Alfred University and SUNY Geneseo, in addition to attending numerous workshops in his field.  Prior to joining the faculty, Buckwalter taught high school science at Andover Central School.  He has also taught science to grades nine-12 at the Bible Academy, Nazareth, Ethiopia.

Each year the AP program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

Approximately 2.3 million examinations in 20 disciplines were evaluated by over 8,000 readers from universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, these men and women are some of the best high school and college educators in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.  "The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, Executive Director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board.  "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching.  We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Earl Packard and John Buckwalter."