Slater Joins National Science Teachers Association Board
February 19, 2010 — University of Wyoming Professor Tim Slater, the first recipient of the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Science Education, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Science Teachers Association.
NSTA has a membership of 55,000 teachers and represents interests of K-12 and higher education science educators from across the country.
At UW, Slater is creating a Ph.D. program in which his graduate students conduct education research on teaching science. He is the director of the Cognition in Astronomy, Physics and Earth Sciences Research (CAPER) group where his research focuses on student conceptual understanding, with emphasis on non-science majors and pre-service teachers.
The NSTA position is the latest in a list of national organizations on which Slater has served. He has been the education officer for the American Astronomical Society, an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, an elected councilor at large for the Society of College Science Teachers, served on the Editorial Board of the Astronomy Education Review, and has served multiple terms as chairman of the Astronomy Education Committee of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
The author of more than 70 refereed articles, Slater is frequently an invited speaker on improving teaching of science through educational research and improving teacher education.