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ASTE 2021 Survey

The ASTE Leadership is hoping to make a decision soon regarding the annual meeting, and would appreciate your response to just two questions to help us move closer to that– Please take a moment to respond to our 2nd round survey via Google forms https://forms.gle/eVGcB5chEFEajVfy8

Please consider applying to be the ASTE Innovations Journal Editor

Applications Now Being Sought for

 JOURNAL EDITOR(S)

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 our journal Innovations in Science Teacher Education. The total term of editorship is 3.5 years (January 2021 – June 2024). To facilitate the transition in editorship, for the first six months, the outgoing editors will provide mentorship as the new editors get the first two issues of the year out.  In the last six months January 2024  –  June 2024), the outgoing editors will support the work of the new editors, although the paid term is for three years, from January 2021  – December 2023.

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 $10,000 for three years.

Responsibilities
The Editor(s) will:

  • 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 two 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, 2020 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:
Renee Schwartz (rschwartz@gsu.edu)  and
Meg Blanchard (Meg_Blanchard@ncsu.edu)

ASTE 2021 Proposal Extension and Membership Survey

Dear Colleagues,
Thanks to everyone who has submitted proposals already, and keep them coming! We look forward to learning about your work and hearing and seeing your great presentations and/or posters in January!

Given the many stressors and uncertainty we all are dealing with related to COVID-19, the ASTE leadership and conference team has extended the ASTE 2021 proposal submission deadline to July 20, 2020,  at 11:59PM Pacific Daylight time,.

Also, you might remember that back in May, we sent each of you a survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your potential conference plans.  If you have not yet completed that survey, please do so at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMy7INiQ_Q-reBDMLJxJSN8z5A_-qkT3fuVCyUF4CqYOcPwA/viewform

Thanks again for your hard work and support of ASTE.

Stay strong and safe,
Kathy Cabe Trundle and Max Longhurst
ASTE Conference Co-Chairs

ASTE 2021 Proposals due July 13th!

Dear ASTE Colleagues,

We hope you and your families are well!

Amid challenging times and limited face-to-face interactions, we remain excited to host the 2021 ASTE Conference (January 13-16, 2021).  The leadership of ASTE continues to monitor events and seek input from the membership regarding the 2021 conference, and they anticipate making a decision in August as to whether the conference will be postponed, in-person, virtual, or some other combination. We encourage members to continue to submit proposals for sessions, and the deadline is 11:59:59PM Pacific Daylight time, July 13, 2020.

The health and safety of our membership is of utmost importance as we plan for the 2021 conference.  If we are unable convene in Salt Lake in 2021, we hope to host you in the near future.

Salt Lake provides an amazing venue, with over 60 national and state parks within a drive of a few hours. Utah is truly nature’s playground, with miles upon miles of diverse and spectacular terrain, including deep forests and craggy peaks, vast deserts and lunar salt flats, red-rock towers and arches, secret slot canyons, and winding rivers. Opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors are endless, you may want to plan a few days before or after the conference to experience Utah in its natural glory! Use the following link for driving times and locations of parks near Salt Lake City:https://www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation-and-parks/city-state-and-national-parks/national-parks-monuments-and-recreation-areas/

Stay safe and strong, submit those proposals, and we hope to see you soon,

Kathy Cabe Trundle and Max Longhurst
Conference Co-Chairs

Call for ASTE 2021 Proposal Reviewers

Greetings,
 
The ASTE leadership team continues to evaluate data so that we can decide how to proceed for our 2021 annual conference. We appreciate that a number of you have completed the survey about your plans at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMy7INiQ_Q-reBDMLJxJSN8z5A_-qkT3fuVCyUF4CqYOcPwA/viewform If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so.
 
In the meantime, we are proceeding to plan for a conference!  That means proposals should be submitted, and they will need to be reviewed. So, please consider signing up to be a reviewer!
 
Each year, ASTE relies on support from members to provide at least two anonymous reviews for each conference proposal. We need at least 150-200 people to keep the work load to a few proposals per reviewer. If you would be willing to serve as a reviewer, please click the following link: https://theaste.org/meeting/proposal-submission/proposal-reviewer-signup/ .
 
You must be a current ASTE member to serve as a reviewer. When you sign-up, please indicate how many proposals you are willing to review, and select your first and second preferences for threads. You will need to log in before completing the form. If you volunteered when you submitted a proposal, there is no need to repeat the process. 
 
You may also elect to serve as a presider for one of the sessions at the 2021 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference dates are January 13-16, 2021. Please consider serving in this capacity as well. Presiders introduce the session, keep presentations moving along, and help the presenters and audience enjoy comfortable, productive interactions.  Presiders are not discussants, so you don’t need to worry if the session theme is outside of your expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Brooke Whitworth, program coordinator, at bwhitwo@clemson.edu .
 
Thank you in advance for the support of the ASTE 2021 Annual Conference, and stay safe! 

A Change in the ASTE Board

Greetings, 
Thank you very much to ASTE Board member at large Eric Pyle, who had to resign from his position on the Board as it conflicts with his new position as President-Elect of NSTA. I know we will continue to work with Eric through our partnership with NSTA, and we are glad to have another close ally in NSTA leadership. 
 
The presidential team, Executive Committee, and Board went through the process as delineated in the By-Laws and SOPs to replace Eric. Our new Board member, serving out the remainder of Eric’s term, will be Jerrid Kruse of Drake University.
 
Welcome Jerrid – we look forward to your leadership on the ASTE Board.
 
Kind regards,
Gil Naizer, PhD

Applications Now Being Sought for JOURNAL EDITOR(S) 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 our journal Innovations in Science Teacher Education. The total term of editorship is 3.5 years (January 2021 – June 2024). To facilitate the transition in editorship, for the first six months, the outgoing editors will provide mentorship as the new editors get the first two issues of the year out.  In the last six months January 2024  –  June 2024), the outgoing editors will support the work of the new editors, although the paid term is for three years, from January 2021  – December 2023.
 
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 $10,000 for three years.
 
Responsibilities
The Editor(s) will: Maintain high academic standards for published manuscriptsPublish 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 reviewsPrepare and monitor reviewers for high qualitySolicit manuscripts for the journalScreen submissions for relevance to journal and then assign manuscripts fitting the journal mission to two members of the ERBConsider reviews, decide disposition of manuscripts, and communicate decisions with authorsMaintain communication between the journal and ASTEMaintain correspondence with ERB and ensure all are ASTE membersCompile statistics and maintain files as appropriate for the journalEnsure that reviewers are thanked publicly on an annual basisCoordinate, 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, 2020 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/vitaea statement detailing institutional support, if applicable. 
 
Send application materials and questions to the Co-Chairs of the ASTE Publications Committee:
Renee Schwartz (rschwartz@gsu.edu)  and
Meg Blanchard (Meg_Blanchard@ncsu.edu)
 
  

ASTE Call for PD Workshop Proposals – Due May 22nd

Please consider submitting a professional development (PD) workshop proposal for ASTE 2021.

The PD workshop submission system is available April 13-May 22, 2020 through the ASTE website (https://theaste.org/meeting/workshops/). 

All proposals must be processed through the online system and proposals not received before midnight (Hawaii-Aleutian time zone) on May 22 will not be considered.

The one-hour workshops can include any of the following (but are not limited to this list): Policy and advocacy for science teacher educators; Technology in teacher education; Grant writing – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced levels; Course design/ methods for methods; Diversity and equity (gender equity, inclusive education, culturally responsive pedagogy); STEM/Integrated science; Informal science education; & Career development (job hunt, promotion & tenure, etc.).

Contact the PD Committee Chair Andrea Burrows with any questions: Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu

ASTE Awards I, II, and III Reminder

Dear ASTE Community,

There is still time to nominate a colleague for ASTE Awards I, II, and III – Science Education Career Awards. Any member of ASTE (including graduate students) may submit a nomination. The nominee should be informed about the award nomination and nominators must follow guidelines in preparing nomination materials. As of January 2020, the list of required materials has been modified from previous years. Descriptions of each of these awards are provided below, but are also available online.

Award I – Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (Two Levels). These awards recognize the individual achievements and contributions of ASTE members. Level I is for ASTE members in the first 10 years of their career. Level II is for ASTE members beyond the first 10 years of their career.

Award II – Outstanding Mentor. This award honors ASTE members who support and encourage pre-service and in-service science teachers and/or new science teacher educators entering the profession. It also seeks to recognize the valuable contributions of mentors to the profession of science teacher education.

Award III – Outstanding Longtime Service to ASTE. This award recognizes outstanding service by a long-standing member of ASTE (> 15 years). For this award, service is defined as work accomplished a committed ASTE member in an effort to address issues, goals, and actions that have intellectual merit and broader impact on science teacher education.

Nominations for Awards I, II, and III must be submitted online. To do so, go to https://theaste.org/awards, log in, and then click on the link “Nominations must be submitted online”.

Submissions for Awards I, II, and III are due June 1stand must comply with the submission guidelines available at https://theaste.org/awards. The Awards Chair will contact nominees shortly after the June 1 deadline to confirm receipt of the nomination.

If you have questions about Awards I, II, or III, please contact Awards Chair, Dr. Emily Dare, edare@fiu.edu.

Sincerely,

Emily Dare & Jennifer Mesa

ASTE Awards Chair and co-Chair