ASTE Survey about Regions and Conference Organization

At the Town Hall meeting at the 2019 ASTE Conference, members discussed the Board structure and conference timing/location.  We would like to hear from all members about these important issues.  To refresh your memory, please re-read the article about the Townhall that was printed in the ASTE Newsletter

We hope you will take a few minutes to respond to a short survey to help the Board with these important issues even if you did not attend the Town Hall or weren’t able to attend the conference.

Thank you for your assistance!

Professor Patricia D. Morrell

Head, School of Education

Past President, Association for Science Teacher Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Queensland

Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia

Headed to ASTE in San Antonio? Interested in NOYCE Projects? Want Travel Support? PERSIST (Persistence, Effectiveness, and Retention Studies in STEM Teaching) Workshop Opportunity

Pre-conference workshop announcement for ASTE 2020

The PERSIST project (Persistence, Effectiveness, and Retention Studies in STEM Teaching, NSF DUE-1904102) invites you to attend a pre-conference workshop before ASTE on Jan 8, 2020.

The main goals of these workshops are to:

Familiarize participants with the NSF Noyce program, particularly the recently-added Track 4, which focuses on research related to STEM teacher preparation, effectiveness and persistence.

2. Discuss critical areas for research in STEM teacher preparation and retention.

3. Discuss methodological approaches for the study of STEM teacher effectiveness and persistence.

4. Connect workshop participants to one another and the Noyce community, as a basis for potential future collaboration.

The half-day workshop (afternoon of Jan 8) is for researchers who may want to apply for a Noyce Track 4 (research) grant. There is no registration fee to attend this workshop; participants are encouraged to attend the ASTE conference, and the PERSIST project is able to offer financial support for conference attendance.

Researchers eligible to submit grants at their institution (or who will become eligible to do so in the next 1-2 years, such as senior graduate students or postdocs) may register to take part in the workshop.

The PERSIST project has travel support (full and partial) for workshop attendees, including flight/mileage, hotel, meals, ground transportation, and conference registration fees. Applications received by Oct 17 will be reviewed with decision emails sent 1 week after the deadline. Applications received after that will be reviewed on a rolling basis until capacity is reached or workshop registration is closed (see dates below), whichever comes first. Participants from minority-serving institutions, without past Noyce experience, or who may not normally attend ASTE or AMTE are particularly encouraged to register and request travel support.

Registration link for ASTE pre-conference workshop.

Workshop registration will close Dec 2, 2019 for ASTE, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

The half-day workshop agenda includes an overview of the NSF Noyce program, a panel of current Noyce Track 4 PIs who will share information about current Noyce research, discussion of research and methodologies of current STEM teacher preparation and retention, exploration of potential future Noyce research areas, and time to connect with other participants, particularly with an eye toward future research collaborations.

For questions, please contact Lindsay Augustyn,  Do not reply to this email as it will delay responses from the project team.


Wendy Smith & Rachel Funk, University of Nebraska

Hannah Sevian & Klaudja Caushi, University of Massachusetts Boston

Gillian Roehrig, University of Minnesota

Jeanna Wieselmann, Southern Methodist University

2nd Annual ASTE 3MT Competition proposals due October 15, 2019

The ASTE Graduate Student Forum is excited to announce the second annual ASTE Three Minute Thesis® competition to take place at the 2020 International Conference in San Antonio! 3MT® competitors must effectively explain their dissertation research in only three minutes using a single, static slide. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wide range of research being conducted by ASTE graduate student members, and we are seeking both competitors and judges for this event. 

Competitors: Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates who will be defending their dissertations between January 1, 2020, and January 30, 2021, are eligible to participate in the 2020 ASTE 3MT® competition. Click here for more information about competing and to sign up. 

Judges: ASTE members who have completed a terminal degree are eligible to serve as judges. Click here for more information about judging and to sign up or contact Shana Lee. 

3MT® registration closes on October 15, 2019 so we can avoid scheduling conflicts with your other ASTE commitments. The competition will be limited to the first 10 submissions. 

2020 ASTE Proposal Decisions are Posted to Submitting Author Profiles

Decision letters for ASTE 2020  proposals are posted to the submitting author profile.  If you are not the submitting author, please contact that person to find out the status of your proposal.  Please note that in some cases, the submitting author is not the first author.

If you are the submittng author, please contact all other authors for your proposal to inform them of the decision.  If you submitted a proposal but don’t find decision information in your profile, please contact Meredith McAllister, ASTE Program Coordinator, at to double check the status of your submission.  Technical questions should be sent to John Rhea at

Thank you for supporting the 2020 ASTE Conference in San Antonio, Texas! 

CALL FOR REVIEWERS Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE)

This is a formal call to ALL members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) who would like to serve on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE). We are seeking both U.S. and International applicants.JSTE is the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. It serves as aforum for disseminating high quality research and theoretical position papers concerning preservice and inservice science teacher education. The journal publishes eight issues per year, featuring empirical research and theoretical articles focused on science teacher education that have the potential to improve the teaching and learning of science, professional development, and teacher recruitment and retention at all grade levels.

We are seeking International applicants as well as U.S. applicants, who are ASTE members and may be working in a variety of contexts (i.e., university faculty, graduate students, and science educators working in the private sector). There are two key criteria considered for selection – 1) expertise in science teacher education and 2) experience as an editorial reviewer.

Specific Qualifications:

● Competence in research and/or methodology within some aspect of science teacher education.

● Ability to judge the quality of a manuscript within an area of science teacher education.

● Ability to identify particular strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript and, in a professional

manner, offer suggestions for revising manuscripts.

● Established record of publication in peer-reviewed science education and/or related journals.

● Established record as an editorial reviewer for peer-reviewed science education journals and/or proposals for professional science education conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities if Selected:

● Read and evaluate approximately six manuscripts per year.

● Provide written reports on manuscripts reviewed using the criteria and evaluation form provided by the Editor(s).

● Review manuscripts within four weeks of receipt.

The role of reviewer is central to maintaining the quality of the journal. As such, we as Co-Editors in Chief work carefully to support reviewers to ensure the standing of JSTE into the future.

To apply, please submit electronically the following materials to Wayne Melville, Geeta Verma, and Todd Campbell at by Aug 15, 2019:

1. A letter of interest that addresses the qualifications listed above, as well as a list of at least four areas of expertise in science teacher education in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.

2. A two-page vita that emphasizes publications in refereed journals and previous reviewing or editing experience.

From the ASTE Graduate Student Forum – Request to help share grad student accomplishments


I’m writing on behalf of the ASTE Graduate Student Forum (GSF) leaders, requesting recognition of ASTE graduate student members. 

We want to help recognize the important work being done by ASTE’s graduate student members. Being accepted to present at a conference for the first time, passing preliminary exams, publishing, having a successful defense, landing a postdoctoral position…we want to hear it all! Share graduate student achievements for inclusion in future newsletters using this form.

We would also like to include more pictures in the newsletter. If you have a picture of your graduate student(s) celebrating their achievement, please email it to the GSF leaders.

Recognition submitted by August 1, 2019 will be included in the Summer Newsletter. Recognition submitted by October 1, 2019 will be included in the Autumn Newsletter.

Thank you for supporting ASTE graduate students!

GSF Leaders

President – Shana Lee,

President-Elect – Leiflyn Gamborg,

Vice President – Melanie Kinskey,

JSTE Indexed!

Some great news! Taylor and Francis advised us that the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) is now included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). There is a stiff reviewing process to be selected for this Index, so this is an important recognition of the quality of JSTE. Being included in ESCI will make it easier for others to search, find, and cite articles published in JSTE, further enhancing the impact of the journal. Thanks to the Lead Editors, Norm and Judy Lederman, the Editorial staff, Associate Editors, the Publications Committee, our reviewers and, of course, our authors for continuing to make our journal a “go to” read for our profession!