Conference Volunteers

ASTE members play a vital role in making our annual conference a success! Please consider serving our association in one of the volunteer roles below. You must be a current (2022) member to be appointed to these positions. To volunteer, please fill out our online application.

Have a question about volunteering? Please contact our ASTE Conference Program Coordinator Kelly Feille.

Proposal Reviewers

Proposal reviewers are appointed annually to review proposals submitted to a particular conference thread using a set of review criteria as specified in the Call for Proposals. Reviews are managed online through the ASTE website, and are submitted electronically. Reviewers typically are responsible for reviewing 6-8 proposals, depending on the number of submissions and number of reviewers.

Session Presiders

Session presiders help ensure our annual meeting runs smoothly and is a positive experience for both presenters and attendees! Presiders identify and welcome the presenters to the assigned session, assist them in preparing to use the presentation equipment, and verify the order of presentations for the session. They also monitor time to ensure the session begins/ends as scheduled, and ensure that all presenters are provided their alotted time to speak. They facilitate question & answer from the audience, and thank presenters and attendees for participating in the session.

Thread Coordinators

Thread coordinators are appointed for a 2-year term. They work with the ASTE Program Coordinator to build the conference program by evaluating proposal reviews for their assigned conference thread, and making a final recommendation based on that to accept/reject proposals to the annual meeting. They also suggest ways that accepted proposals might be grouped to create coherent sessions. Most of the Thread Coordinators’ work takes place in late July to mid-August, and is conducted remotely.

ASTE Conference Threads

The ASTE conference is organized by ‘Threads’ that bring together sessions and topics related to a variety of member interests. Our current Conference Threads and Chairs are listed below. 

College & University Science Education: Proposals for this strand will address issues such as conceptual change, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, etc. that are pertinent to higher education science faculty who work with science teachers or science teacher educators, community, and after-school programs.
Chairs: Leslie Bradbury and Katie Green

Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for current and future science teachers as used by science teacher educators and in science departments.
Chairs: Kimberly Lott and Laura Schisler

Educational Technology: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about technology use and training for present and future science teachers as used by science teacher educators.
Chairs: Jesse Wilcox and Colby Tofel-Grehl

Equity & Diversity: Proposals for this strand will foreground and critically examine issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity that are central to science teacher education, science education, and science.
Chairs: Terri Hebert and Preethi Titu

Ethnoscience and Environmental Education: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about culture, diversity and environmental education for current and future teachers.
Chairs:  Sarah Carrier and Sarah Haines

History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice, theory or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about history, philosophy and the nature of science (not limited to science practices) for current and future science teachers.
Chairs: Ryan Summers and Alister Olson

Informal/Out-of-School Science Education: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about informal science education for current and future science teachers.
Chairs: Michael Dentzau and Michelle Forsythe

Policy, Advocacy and Reform: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice, white papers, position statements or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about policy and reform and how each impacts science teacher educators and education.
Chairs: Joanne Olson and Daniel Carpenter

Preservice Science Teacher Preparation-ELEMENTARY: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about science teacher preparation programs.
Chairs: Karl Jung and Tina Vo

Preservice Science Teacher Preparation-MIDDLE/SECONDARY: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about science teacher preparation programs.
Chairs:  Stephanie Phillip and Rachel Sparks

Professional Development for Science Teacher Educators (Workshops) Proposals for one-hour workshops for science teacher educators can be submitted to this strand. Workshops are currently embedded in the conference schedule, rather than being scheduled preconference.
*Chaired by the PD Committee

Science Teacher Professional Development-ELEMENTARY: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about science teacher professional development.
Chairs: Selena Bartels and Wendy Ruchti

Science Teacher Professional Development-MIDDLE/SECONDARY: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about science teacher professional development.
Chairs:  Patrick Enderle and Debbie French

STEM Education: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about STEM education, our understanding of what STEM means and the National Standards for STEM for future and current science teachers.
Chairs: Ingrid Carter and Emily Dare

Student Learning P-12: Proposals for this strand will be in the form of practice or research pieces that inform science teacher educators about the relationship between student learning and current and future science teachers.
Chairs: Richard Lamb and Stephen Thompson