Candidates for ASTE President
I consider it a great honor to be nominated for ASTE President. I became a member of ASTE in 2005 and attended my first international meeting in 2006. Since that time I have served ASTE in many ways. I served as Chair of the Graduate Student Forum, as a member of the Awards Committee, as Chair of the Elections Committee, and co-editor of the ASTE Newsletter. Currently I am a Senior Board Member, on the Editorial Review Board for ISTE, Chair of the Membership/Participation Committee, and co-Chair of the Forum on Policy and Government Relations. Serving in each of these roles has helped me better understand the inner workings of ASTE and have informed me how I can better serve the members if elected President.
We are in unprecedented times throughout the world because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. We see how important it is that policy makers and the general public have an accurate understanding of science so they can make informed decisions. I firmly believe that ASTE and its members are in a unique position to serve as a leader in this global conversation. I will work with board members to develop strategies that will serve our organization and the science education community. Now more than ever we rely on each other for our knowledge and expertise. It is imperative that ASTE has a voice in the conversations around science and science education throughout the world. My goal, if elected President, is to make that happen.
I would like to express my gratitude to ASTE members who believed enough in me to nominate me for the service role of ASTE President. I consider ASTE members to be a part of my extended family and it would be an honor and privilege to serve members in this role. Throughout my academic journey, I have grown both professionally and personally by being a member of both ASTE and MA-ASTE. At conferences, I have always felt surrounded by amazing colleagues who inspire and mentor me. I have also made countless friendships along the way that will last a lifetime. I resonate with Mahatma Gandhi’s famous expression, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have truly enjoyed finding myself by losing myself in service to our organization (Board Member, Publications Committee, Communications Committee, Newsletter Editor, Innovations Journal Editor, ASTE Conference Chair, Proposal Reviewer, and MA-ASTE Regional Director). I believe that service is an opportunity to shape those around you in your community, including yourself. I also believe that service is a way of dedicating yourself, and sharing your passion and expertise with your community. I further believe that only through service can you build community, and work toward accomplishing goals. My goals are simple and unwavering: to listen and to create meaningful experiences to support graduate students and members, to celebrate graduate students’ and members’ successes, and to collaborate with committee members and board members to overcome organizational challenges that arise.
Candidates for Board of Directors at Large
Thank you for the nomination to serve as a Board Member-at-Large for the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). I am a Professor of Science Education at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Having been a member of ASTE since 2006, I have benefited from the leadership, service and mentorship that ASTE provides to science teacher educators and researchers, and enjoyed the Association’s collaborative environment.
As a nominee for the Board, I will use my ASTE experiences as Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, presenter and presider at many past ASTE International conferences, along with my involvement with ASTE publications as author and manuscript reviewer, to uphold ASTE’s mission and participate with the leadership team to promote the Association. I believe that my prior Board and Executive experiences with the International Organization for Science and Technology Education and provincial Science Teachers’ Association will be an asset to ASTE by providing new perspectives for the organization regarding scholarship and collaboration in science teacher education.
One of the goals of the Association is to promote science teacher education globally. Being in Canada and having collaborated with international science teacher educators for more than 10 years, I believe that I am in a strong position to help grow membership in the Association. I will endeavor to encourage participation from science teacher educators in Canada and abroad. Finally, I want to thank everyone involved for the nomination and excited to serve on the Board of ASTE.
I have been involved in a variety of positions and initiatives in ASTE for over 20 years including co-chair and host of regional and national meetings, thread coordinator, member of the Elections Committee, and co-editor of a special issue of JSTE on action research and the ASTE volume on Educating Science Teachers for Sustainability. I see ASTE as the most important professional organization that we have for the improvement of science teaching, especially in this time of global pandemic. As Board Member at Large I would work to advance ASTE’s mission in several areas. First, collaboration with our STEM colleagues is key to improve the science content of future teachers and the teaching of science in colleges and universities. Second, we must work with teachers, administrators, parents, and students if we are to have an effect on what happens in schools, and especially to reach and support the many young people who find themselves marginalized in science. Third, teachers’ day-to-day lives are highly impacted by state and national policies. Therefore, I would work to increase ASTE’s influence on education policies to better support science teachers as they engage with their students to improve our society. Finally, as we do all this it is important for us as science teacher educators to engage in reflective inquiry on our own practice if we are to continue to improve science teacher education.
I am honored to be considered as a candidate for Board Member at Large for the ASTE. I have always been an active member of this wonderful organization. It has made me meet a visionary, zealous group of science educators. My previous work with ASTE has been as a member of the publication committee, Equity and Ethics committee, conference reviewer for multiple years and serving as a mentor during ASTE annual meetings. Currently I serve as an Associate Editor for JSTE. I have also served as editorial board member for JSTE, Innovations in Science Education and Elementary Science Education. I am a former high-school teacher, immigrant, teacher educator and a parent. Each one of these identities have made me a better science educator and advocate. My research focuses on science teacher education, in the USA and India. I lead a local county wide STEM ecosystem in NJ, that supports local schools, teachers, students & families. This model serves as a bridge between research & practice. As a Board Member at Large I can foresee promoting purposes of the ASTE by supporting STEM teachers through social media. I can provide them ASTE as an avenue to seek advice, share expertise and fill the gap between research & practice. As a Board Member, I will work collegially with the President-elect, and other board members, fulfill my duties. I will always keep ASTE’s mission of advancing practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation while performing my duties as a board member.
I am seeking election to the ASTE as a Board Member-at-Large so that I may continue my service to ASTE and science education. I started as a graduate student participating and presenting at regional conferences. In the 25 years that I have been a member of ASTE and involved in science teacher education, the landscape of science education and teacher preparation has changed considerably. My 26 presentations, 4 workshops, 9 articles in ASTE journals, and service activities reflect my consistent dedication to science teacher preparation and ASTE. I have continued to preside, mentor, and review for conference proposals and journal articles (JSTE, 2003-2012) during this time. My teaching and research foci of developing science teachers are also reflected in my myriad publications in Innovations, The Science Teacher, Science Scope and Science & Children. I worked closely with the Board when I was the conference co-chair for Charleston, SC (2012-13). I was appointed to help the presidential chain to create and implement the NSTA/ASTE Science Standards for Teacher Preparation (2016-2020). As a Board Member At-Large of ASTE, my focus will be to promote and support science teaching and science teacher preparation. We need to advocate for culturally relevant procedures that will enable people from all backgrounds to become science teachers at all levels. I desire the opportunity to continue my service for ASTE as a Board Member-at- Large.
Candidates for Elections Committee
Matthew Perkins Coppola
I am seeking election to the Elections Committee because I believe in its mission to serve and provide guidance to those involved in science teacher education. Ever since attending my first annual conference as a graduate student in 2004, I have appreciated the community and cordiality this organization offers to its members and newcomers. I volunteered as a conference proposal reviewer during graduate school and again the past 5 years as a tenure-track faculty member. I hope to expand my contribution to the ASTE community through service to this committee. My publications reflect my desire to improve preservice teacher preparation through education research with practicing and novice teachers, including three articles in Science and Children on science and engineering practice. I was recently selected to serve a second term on the Editorial Review Board for Innovations in Science Teacher Education, where I have served since 2017. My past service includes serving as a co-organizer for the MA-ASTE regional meeting in 2016. It is important to me that the Elections Committee identifies and encourages candidates for leadership who honor our commitment to being an organization that supports graduate students and early career researchers. Candidates for leadership must be drawn from a diverse group of institutions, cultures, experiences, and interests in research who likewise seek to continue and further our organization’s commitment to scholarship, collaboration, and innovation. I am committed to finding ways to serve ASTE and thank you for your consideration for this responsibility.
I am excited to run for a role on the ASTE election’s committee. I first joined ASTE and attended the 2013 annual conference. From that moment I knew it was where I belonged and wanted to invest my efforts as a science teacher educator. Since 2013, I have consistently attended the annual meetings and from 2015 on, our regional MAASTE conferences. In addition to just conference attendance, my involvement has included serving as a conference proposal reviewer, then a conference strand coordinator, an editorial board member for the CITE science section, and this year took on the responsibilities as a co-editor for the science section of CITE. I believe my increasing engagement with the ASTE conferences have convinced me my next step is to contribute to the overall functioning of the organization by running for an elected position. My goal for the elections committee is to ensure an accurate and smooth processes for electing the ASTE committees, board members, and President. A second goal is to provide as diverse a slate of nominees for the ASTE committee so all voices are considered in the organization leadership. I believe my work as a conference strand coordinator and co-editor have developed skills as a remote collaborator, willing to delegate and accept delegated tasks as needed, to keep collective efforts moving forward.
I am seeking election to the Elections Committee because I would like to continue to serve ASTE, a professional network that has fostered my growth as science educator for the past 15 years. I am an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Pittsburgh. During my time as a secondary biology and physics teacher, I often witnessed students who were disengaged from science. Because of this experience, my research focuses on broadening the ideas of and participation in science so all students feel connected to science. Currently, I work with in-service teachers on expanding their current pedagogical practices to include equitable approaches. I have been involved in science teacher education through professional development service and research and pre-service education. In 2014, I won the ASTE Award for Innovations in Pedagogy. For the past 15 years, I have been actively engaged in ASTE through reviewing proposals, serving as presider, reviewing for JSTE, and attending the conference both regionally and nationally. Relevant to becoming a member of the elections committee for ASTE, I have previous experience working collaboratively on national level organizations as the program-chair for the Qualitative Research SIG at AERA and strand coordinators for NARST (environmental education and early childhood education). As an election committee member, I would continue to be actively involved with the members to ensure the committee was just and equitable and adhered to the ASTE guidelines. It would be an honor to serve the organization that has helped me grow throughout my career.
I am honored to be nominated to serve on the ASTE Elections Committee. I have been an active member of ASTE since 2015, attending every ASTE international conference since, volunteering as a conference proposal reviewer and session presider, and presenting 15 papers and workshops at international and regional ASTE conferences. I have served on the Awards Committee (2019-present) and Publications Committee (2017-2019) and as an Editorial Review Board member of the Journal of Science Teacher Education and Innovations in Science Teacher Education journals.
I am deeply committed to ASTE’s mission of promoting leadership in and support for science teacher educators. I am also dedicated to equitable access to ASTE opportunities for all members, as demonstrated by my work with international and graduate student members. In 2018, I represented the U.S. in the ASTE-sponsored symposium at the East-Asian Association for Science Education in Hualien, Taiwan. During my term as President of the ASTE Graduate Student Forum, I led the successful effort to elect a voting graduate student member to the ASTE Board of Directors and organized the first graduate student Three-Minute Thesis® competitions.
If I am elected to the ASTE Elections Committee, I will carry out the duties associated with selecting slates of nominees for all elected positions, using nominee evaluation rubrics to ensure that qualified candidates are in place for each election. I will continue to be an active member of ASTE and keep ASTE’s best interests in mind as I fulfill my responsibilities. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidates for Graduate Student on the Board
As a third-year member of ASTE and the current graduate student forum president, I hope to be considered for the graduate student board position. I have had the pleasure of working with the ASTE community through my presentations at previous ASTE conferences, participation as both ASTE proposal reviewer and presider, and as a reviewer for the Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education.
My goal as the Graduate Student Board Representative is to continue effective communication and collaborative between the graduate student forum, ASTE board members, and ASTE director. As the current ASTE graduate student president, I understand the necessity of consistent planning and feedback among the ASTE representatives and the responsibilities associated with the graduate board member position. During this two-year position, I will continue to advocate for graduate student activities including the 3-minute thesis competition, graduate student workshop, luncheon, and continued support with the awards committee for the 3MT winners. For future conferences, I will continue communication between ASTE director, committee representatives, and the graduate student forum to increase graduate student representation and membership. Finally, as current ASTE GSF president, I am aware of current obligations for board members to attend meetings prior to and after the ASTE conference including the May board meeting.
As a graduate student and science teacher-educator myself, I am committed to the ASTE mission. Innovations in science teacher education are imperative in supporting the diverse needs of the science education field broadly, and the K-12 students that we serve more specifically. In my own experiences, I have come to learn that a focus on equity, collaboration and scholarship can only move us all forward. As a doctoral student, my research interests have prioritized learning from and serving marginalized groups, such as Black women science teachers, as a way to inspire and enact transformational change for the science education field as a whole.
In the last two years as a member of ASTE, I have attended and presented at the national conference each year while also attending the graduate student luncheons. As the graduate student board member, I would ensure that I serve as a liaison between graduate student members and the committee members by providing voice and action for all sides. It is important that ASTE is able to continue to promote leadership for science teachers and educators, as the graduate student board member, my main mission would be to execute the needs of the committee while adding my intersectional perspective to the community at large. Additional assets that I can bring to the committee and community involve leadership with digital learning, peer-to-peer mentoring, culturally relevant graduate and K-12 science teaching, management skills and a solutions-oriented growth mindset. For these reasons and many more I appreciate this opportunity.