Paul D’Alessandris has been a physics professor at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, since 1990. Inspired by a series of Two-Year College Physics Workshop projects he attended in the early 90’s, D’Alessandris began a complete restructuring of his introductory physics courses. D’Alessandris was the PI or co-PI of four National Science Foundation grants awarded to aid the development and dissemination of this work. One grant, Spiral Physics Active Learning Workbooks, resulted in a series of workbooks suitable for use in both the algebra- and calculus-based introductory courses. D’Alessandris is the co-author, with Alan Van Heuvelen, of ActivPhysics 2: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics, a suite of computer simulations and student activities originally published by Addison-Wesley and now available on-line.

D’Alessandris served on the AAPT Committee on Physics in the Two-Year College from 1997 – 2000, chairing the committee in 2000, and has recently begun a second term on the committee. D’Alessandris was the regional coordinator for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania during the TYC21 project. In 2004, D’Alessandris was awarded  the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.