Announcements

Applications now being sought for the position of CONFERENCE PROGRAM COORDINATOR for the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking applications for Conference Program Coordinator. The duration of the appointment is 3.5 years.  The first six months (mid-August, 2019 –mid-January 2020) will overlap with the current Conference Program Coordinator as a transition and training period.   The term for full Conference Program Coordinator responsibilities will be from closure of the 2020 ASTE Annual Conference through close of the 2023 ASTE Annual Conference.

The coordinator works closely with the ASTE President, Executive Director, Director of Electronic Service, Annual Conference Chairs, and the Conference Committee Chair to ensure that meetings, workshops, offsite events and field trips are included in the conference program.

In preparation for the ASTE Annual Conferences, the Conference Program Coordinator:

  • identifies and communicates with thread coordinators,
  • solicits conference proposals,
  • works with thread coordinators in making final acceptance decisions,
  • manages the process for building the daily breakout session calendar,
  • works with the conference chairs to construct the schedule of events, and
  • coordinates with the Executive Director and Director of Electronic Services in producing the information for the conference app and a printable program.  

Most of the coordinator’s work is completed between July and November each year as proposals are submitted and reviewed, followed by calendar-building.  All activities are completed electronically. 

The Conference Program Coordinator must be a member in good standing of ASTE. This individual should be very organized, task-oriented, skilled in working with spreadsheets, and possess strong interpersonal skills.

Support for this position includes:

  • Up to 4 complementary nights in the conference hotel at the 2021, 2022, and 2023 ASTE Annual Conventions.  

For questions regarding this position and to submit application materials, email ASTE President-elect Gil Naizer at gilbert.naizer@tamuc.edu

Full applications for the position are due July 12, 2019 and should include:

  • a cover letter of application,
  • a 2-3 page abbreviated Curriculum Vita focused on work relevant to the position  

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

All, 

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, slee@bagley.msstate.edu

President-Elect – Leiflyn Gamborg, lgambo1@lsu.edu

Vice President – Melanie Kinskey, melaniekinskey@gmail.com

Applications now being sought for the position of NEWSLETTER EDITOR for the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

The Communications Committee of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking applications for Editor or Co-Editorsfor the ASTE Newsletter. The duration of the appointment is 3.5 years.  The first six months (July – December, 2019) will overlap with the current editors as a transition and training period.   The term for full Newsletter editing responsibilities will be January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

The ASTE Newsletter is an online publication for sharing information about the Association and its activities to its members and interested others. Each year, the Association publishes online a minimum of four issues of the ASTE Newsletter, designated as the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn issues. The content of the ASTE Newsletter is determined jointly by the chair of the ASTE Communications Committee and the Newsletter Editor(s). The items selected for publication in the Newsletter should be relevant to the ASTE membership and can include by-law revisions and brief reports from ASTE committees and forums. Each issue may include a President’s Message from the ASTE President.

The ASTE Newsletter Editor(s) must be a member in good standing of ASTE. This individual should have experience in publishing, reviewing documents, word processing, using WordPress, website design, and creating/disseminating/archiving electronic publications. In addition, the Editor(s) will be expected to attend annual meetings of ASTE and serve on the ASTE Communications Committee.

Responsibilities of the ASTE Newsletter Editor(s):

●    Issue a call for newsletter information from the standing committees and forums of ASTE and the members of ASTE.

●    Design, edit, format, and archive the online electronic ASTE Newsletter and webpage.

●    Submit the ASTE Newsletter for review to the Chair or designated member of the Communications Committee prior to dissemination.

●    Provide his/her own computer as the newsletter is disseminated electronically so there are no costs for printing and mailing.

●    Serve on the Communications Committee as a voting member (Co-Editor is ex-officio).

●    Have close communications with the ASTE Executive Director, Director of Electronic Services for ASTE, and the Communications Committee Chair.

●    Submit semi-annual reports to the ASTE Board of Directors through the Communications Committee.

Support for this position includes:

●     Complimentary membership in ASTE for each year of full editorial responsibilities.

●     An annual stipend of $800.

Interested persons are encouraged to email their application materials to the Chair of the ASTE Communications Committee.  Full applications for the position are due June 10, 2019 and should include:

·         a cover letter of application,

·         a 2-3 page abbreviated Curriculum Vita for each applicant, and

·         a statement detailing any institutional support.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the ASTE Communications Committee Chair: Rommel Miranda (Rmiranda@towson.edu)

The ASTE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for Awards I, II, and III – Science Education Career Awards

The ASTE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for Awards I, II, and III – Science Education Career Awards. These awards recognize the personal achievements and professional contributions of ASTE’s members. 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. 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). The purpose of these awards is to recognize the individual achievements and contributions of ASTE members. Level One is for ASTE members in the first ten years of their career. Level Two is for ASTE members beyond the first ten 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. For this award, service is defined as work accomplished over 15 consecutive or nonconsecutive years by a committed ASTE member in an effort to address issues, goals, and actions that have intellectual merit and broader impact on science teacher education, while simultaneously serving the needs of ASTE members.

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 highlighted link “Nominations must be submitted online”.

Submissions for Awards I, II, and III are due June lst and must comply with the submission guidelines available at https://theaste.org/awards. The Awards Co-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 Co-Chair, Dr. Emily Dare, edare@fiu.edu.

Sincerely,

Emily A. Dare

ASTE Awards Co-Chair

Applications now being sought for position of EDITOR for the Science Education Section for the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

The Publications Committee of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking applications for Editor or Co-Editors for the Science Education section of the online journal, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE). The duration of appointment is three years, beginning in January, 2020, plus a half-year overlap with the current editor from July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. The new editor will assume full editing responsibilities of the Science Education Section from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

The CITE Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (ASTE, AMTE, NCSS, CEE, and SITE). This is the only joint venture of this kind in the field of teacher education. Each professional association has sole responsibility for editorial review of articles in its discipline. The online journal format allows authors to demonstrate the technologies about which they are writing, including video and audio segments, animation, virtual reality, Web links, and simulations. The current issue of the journal may be accessed at http://www.citejournal.org.

The CITE Science Education Section Editor must be a member in good standing of ASTE. This individual should have research expertise in science teacher education and applications of technology as well as experience in publishing and reviewing manuscripts for refereed professional educational journals. In addition, the editor will be expected to attend annual ASTE meetings and serve as an ex-officio member of the ASTE Publications Committee. Both U.S. and International members of ASTE are encouraged to apply.  CITE holds an annual editors meeting in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teachers Education (http://site.aace.org/). Attendance is strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities for a CITE Science Education Section Editor include:    

·         Maintaining academic standards that are comparable to those of the Journal for Science Teacher Education.

·         Soliciting manuscripts for the CITE Science Education Section.

·         Assigning each manuscript submission a minimum of two review board members.

·         Making a decision on the manuscript based on reviewers’ comments and the disposition of the manuscript with respect to the purpose of the CITE journal, and communicating the decision with authors.

·         Identifying one to two articles for the Science Education Section in each issue of the CITE journal (Note: published quarterly, so four to eight articles per year).

·         Originating the call for and the selection of Editorial Review Board (ERB) members yearly.

·         Providing the ASTE publication committee the application materials for those applying to be ERB members, as well as a recommendation for whom to accept as an ERB member.  The ASTE publication committee reviews the applications and provides a recommendation to the ASTE Board of Directors for approval.

·         Ensuring that reviewers are thanked publicly on an annual basis.

·         Maintaining communication between CITE and ASTE.

·         Maintaining correspondence with CITE reviewers (including annual thank-you letters).

·         Communicating regularly with the ASTE Newsletter editor(s) to promote the CITE Journal with the ASTE membership.

·         Compiling statistics and maintain files as appropriate for the Science Education Section.

·         Working with the ASTE Publications Committee and Editors of other ASTE related publications to coordinate a “Publishing in Science Education” or “Publishing in ASTE journals” session at the annual ASTE conference.

·         Submitting semi-annual Board reports to ASTE through the Publications Committee.

·         Interacting regularly with CITE general Editors.

·         Attending quarterly editors’ meetings via conference call from CITE.

·         Participating annually in the NTLI technology award selection process.

Support for this position includes:

·         Complimentary registration to attend the annual SITE conference provided by the Society for Informational Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).

·         Complimentary membership in ASTE for each year of full editorial responsibilities.

·         A yearly stipend of $800 from ASTE .

Interested persons are encouraged to email their application materials to the Chairs of the ASTE Publications Committee (see below).  Full applications for the position are due June 14, 2019 and should include:

·         a cover letter describing your editorial experience and interest in this position,

·         a statement from your University/Institution detailing the support they are willing to provide you during your tenure in this position, and

·         a 2-3 page abbreviated Curriculum Vita for each applicant that illustrates experiences and expertise associated with the position.

Questions regarding this position may also be directed to the ASTE Publications Committee Co-chairs. 

Renee Schwartz

Georgia State University

rscwhartz@gsu.edu 

Meg Blanchard

North Carolina State University

Meg_blanchard@ncsu.edu 

CALL FOR EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS for the Science Education Section of the journal Contemporary Issues of Technology in Education (CITE)

This is a formal call to members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) to serve on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) for the Science Education section of the online journal Contemporary Issues of Technology in Education (CITE).  We are seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds with experience implementing technology with science teaching. 

The CITE Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (ASTE, AMTE, NCSS, CEE, and SITE). This is the only joint venture of this kind in the field of teacher education. Each professional association has sole responsibility for editorial review of articles in its discipline. The online journal format enables authors to demonstrate the technologies about which they are writing, including video and audio segments, animation, virtual reality, Web links, and simulations. The current issue of the journal may be accessed at http://www.citejournal.org.  

The Science Education section is especially committed to publishing articles that demonstrate how science learning is enhanced by the meaningful integration of technology.  We seek reviewers who are familiar with both science education and technology education literature, and addresses both of these areas in their research.    

Qualifications:  

·         Established record of publishing in peer-reviewed science education and technology integration practitioner and/or research journals.  

·         Prior experience as a reviewer for other research journals, grants, or other scholarly works.  

·         Expertise in teacher education (preservice, induction, or inservice). Areas of specialization within these domains can include curriculum development, technology, or informal settings.  

·         Maintain membership with the Association for Science Teacher Education.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

·         Read and evaluate approximately 2 to 4 manuscripts per year.  

·         Commit to serving on the ERB for three years (ERBs will be reviewed yearly).  

·         Provide written reports and formative feedback on submitted manuscripts using the criteria and evaluation form provided by the Editors.  

·         Review manuscripts within four weeks of receipt.  

·         Provide feedback to the editors about the journal direction and review process.  

·         Help recruit high impact authors for the journal.  

Any questions regarding the journal or Editorial Review Board should be directed to the current editors Andrea Burrows: andrea.burrows@uwyo.edu and Tim Slater: tslater@uwyo.edu  

To apply, please electronically submit the following materials  to Andrea Burrows (andrea_burrows@uwyo.edu) and Tim Slater (tslater@uwyo.edu)

1.     A letter of interest that includes a list of at least three areas of expertise in science teacher education and technology in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.  

2.     A two-page vita that emphasizes publications in refereed journals, especially practitioner journals, and includes any previous reviewing or editing experience.   

3.     These two documents should be combined into a single pdf file labeled with the name of the applicant and CITE Science ERB (e.g., Smithson_Jane_CITEScienceERB).

4.     The email subject bar should include the name of the applicant and CITE Science ERB. Deadline for ERB applications is June 14, 2019.

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!