Journal Editor(s) search for Innovations in Science Teacher Education

The publications committee of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking applications for Editor or Co-Editors of Innovations in Science Teacher Education. The total term of editorship is 3.5 years (January 2024 – June 2027). To facilitate the transition in editorship, for the first six months the outgoing editors will provide mentorship as the new editor(s) publish the first two issues of the year.  In the last six months January 2027 – June 2027), the outgoing editor(s) will support the work of the new editor(s), although the paid term is for three years, from January 2024 to December 2026.

Innovations in Science Teacher Education is a peer-reviewed, online journal published quarterly focusing on all issues related to science teacher education including pre-service, induction, and in-service. The journal publishes manuscripts discussing innovative, inspirational, and concrete ideas for enhancing teaching for all those associated with preparing and supporting the professional development of K-12 science teachers. Articles are written by science teacher educators for science teacher educators, in the broadest sense of the word. The journal audience includes those with responsibilities for teaching science content to in/preservice teachers, teaching science methods and related courses to in/preservice teachers, coordinating and supervising science field practica for in/preservice teachers, professional development and instructing in/preservice teachers in all issues connected with science teaching more broadly.

The Editor(s) must be a member in good standing of ASTE. They should have expertise in science teacher education, as well as experience reviewing manuscripts for professional refereed educational journals. In addition, the editor(s) is expected to attend annual meetings of ASTE and serve as an ex-officio member on the ASTE Publications Committee. Annual compensation for the editor(s) is $5,000 for each of three years. 

Responsibilities of Editor(s):

  • Maintain high academic standards for published manuscripts
  • Publish four issues of the journal each year on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
  • Originate the call for and the selection of the Editorial Review Board [ERB] for manuscript reviews
  • Prepare and monitor reviewers for high quality 
  • Solicit manuscripts for the journal
  • Screen submissions for relevance to journal and then assign manuscripts fitting the journal mission to three members of the ERB
  • Consider reviews, decide disposition of manuscripts, and communicate decisions with authors
  • Maintain communication between the journal and ASTE
  • Maintain correspondence with ERB and ensure all are ASTE members
  • Compile statistics and maintain files as appropriate for the journal
  • Ensure that reviewers are thanked publicly on an annual basis
  • Coordinate, conduct and/or participate in a “Publishing in Science Education” session at the annual ASTE meeting.

Full applications for the position are due by August 31, 2023 and must include: 

  • a cover letter of application that describes the applicant(s)’ commitment with a specific focus on ASTE (and non-ASTE) experiences as an author, reviewer and editor (conference proposals, journals, ASTE newsletter, etc.). The cover letter should also include a description of the applicant(s)’ vision for the journal and operating procedures such as securing and preparing reviewers, and potential strategies for increasing visibility and possible revenue. 
  • full vita/vitae 
  • a statement detailing institutional support, if applicable.

Send application materials and questions to the Co-Chairs of the ASTE Publications Committee: 

Vanashri Nargund-Joshi ( and Mark Bloom (