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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.

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)

2020 Board Members

President* Gil Naizer Texas A&M Commerce
President Elect* Debi Hanuscin Western Washington University
Past President* Valarie Akerson Indiana University
Senior Board Member* Renee Schwartz Georgia State University
Senior Board Member* Ian Binns University of North Carolina at Charlotte
At large Board Member Margaret Blanchard North Carolina State University
At large Board Member Andrea Burrows University of Wyoming
At large Board Member Judith Morrison Washington State University Tri-Cities
At large Board Member Jerrid Kruse Drake University
Senior Regional Representative* Emily Dare Florida International University
Regional Representative Jonah Firestone Washington State University
Regional Representative Jennifer Mesa University of West Florida
Graduate Student Representative Katie Green North Carolina State University
NSTA Director of  Preservice Teacher Ed Paul Adams Fort Hays State University

* indicates membership on the Executive Committee

Administrative Members

Executive Director Kate Popejoy Popejoy STEM, LLC
Director of  Electronic Services John Rhea John Rhea Designs
Conference Program Coordinator Brooke Whitworth University of Mississippi

A full list of the ASTE leadership, including committees.

ASTE Leadership Statements and Legislative Actions