UH West Oʻahu Associate Professor of Science and Science Education Richard Jones has been elected to the Council of the National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
Dr. Jones will represent NSTA’s District XVI (Hawaiʻi, California, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, and the Territories of the Pacific) for the next three years. The council functions as the advisory body to the NSTA board of directors, with each member of the council representing their geographic district. Council members also serve as the primary liaison on issues of importance to science and improvement of science education at all levels.
“These newly elected individuals embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director, in a press statement. “As the national voice for science education, NSTA works to engage teachers of science nationwide, improve student learning and be the catalyst for innovation in STEM education. This critical work can only be achieved through the collective efforts of leaders like these who are committed to advancing NSTA’s mission and strategic priorities.”
Jones, who also is serving as president-elect of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, began his term on June 1.
The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association has a membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.