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Tim Slater, the University of Wyoming's Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science Education, has been appointed to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for a three-year term.
Slater is among five educators nationwide selected to the NSTA, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. They join a 13-member board that oversees NSTA's finances, policies and procedures, and strategic planning. Board members are elected by the association's membership, which currently includes more than 60,000 science educators and professionals.
As a university science teacher director, Slater hopes to increase the participation of college faculty in professional development efforts by providing multiple ways faculty can be engaged with NSTA.
Before coming to UW, Slater was associate professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona and research professor of physics at Montana State University. He has a geological sciences PhD., an M.S. in physics and two B.S. degrees in physical science and education.