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ASTE Mission Statement

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels.  ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

ASTE Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ASTE is committed to promoting a culture of respect, fairness, and inclusivity for Science Teacher Education. All people deserve to pursue their professional activities with dignity and in a safe, supportive, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment that encourages diverse points of view and backgrounds in order to engage in open and honest communication.In 2021, the ASTE Board of Directors unanimously supported the creation of the ASTE Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

History of ASTE

ASTE (formerly the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science or AETS) can trace its history back to the 1920s. Learn about our history and view a list of Past ASTE Presidents.


ASTE Leadership

ASTE is governed by a Board of Directors. Directors chair a variety of committees that help conduct the work of the organization in accordance with our Bylaws and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

2021 Board Members

President*Debi HanuscinWestern Washington University
President Elect*Rommel MirandaTowson University
Past President*Gil NaizerTexas A&M Commerce
Senior Board Member*Margaret BlanchardNorth Carolina State University
Senior Board Member*Andrea BurrowsUniversity of Wyoming
At large Board MemberJudith MorrisonWashington State University Tri-Cities
At large Board MemberJerrid KruseDrake University
At large Board MemberXavier FazioBrock University
At large Board MemberVanashri Nargund-JoshiNew Jersey City University
Senior Regional Representative*Jonah FirestoneWashington State University
Regional RepresentativeJennifer StarkUniversity of West Florida
Regional RepresentativeCorrine LardySacramento State
Graduate Student RepresentativeAlexis RileyColumbia University
NSTA Director of  Preservice Teacher EdDonna GovernorUniversity of North Georgia

* indicates membership on the Executive Committee

Administrative Members

Executive DirectorKate PopejoyPopejoy STEM, LLC
Director of  Electronic ServicesJohn RheaJohn Rhea Designs
Conference Program CoordinatorBrooke WhitworthClemson University

A full list of the ASTE leadership, including committees.