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Standing Committees

 

Standing Committees

Being part of NSTA can mean so much more than reading journals and attending the meetings. Committee membership is a means by which you can interact with colleagues, gain insights into the complexity of issues, and have a positive impact on science education at the national level. We need your views and your expertise. While the application is now closed, please consider joining a committee, advisory board, or panel when the appointment process begins again. The online application will go live in the fall of 2020.

To contact the standing committee chairs, see the Board of Directors page, where you will find e-mail addresses for each of NSTA’s 10 level standing committee chairs.

Level Committees

Committee on Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to the teaching of elementary science and see that the interests of preschool and elementary teachers of science are served by the Association. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Middle Level Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to the teaching of middle level science and see that the Association serves the interests of teachers at that level. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on High School Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to the teaching of high school science and see that the interests of high school teachers of science are served by the Association. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Post-Secondary Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to the teaching of college science and see that the interests of college teachers of science are served by the Association. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Function Committees

Committee on Coordination and Supervision of Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to the supervision and coordination of science teaching, and see that the interests of coordinators and supervisors of science teaching are served by the Association. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Informal Science

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to informal science education and see that the interests of informal science educators are served by the Association. The committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Multicultural/Equity in Science Education

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to multicultural and equity issues in science education. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semiannual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Preservice Teacher Preparation

General Responsibilities: The committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, research and teacher development activities relating to the preparation of science teachers and see that the Association supports the development of highly qualified teachers of science. Additionally, this committee, through the Teacher Accreditation Subcommittee, provides oversight of the NSTA/NCATE accreditation process. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Professional Learning in Science Education

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to professional development in science education and see that the Association serves the interests of those involved in the professional development of science educators. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semiiannual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Research in Science Teaching

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to research in science education and see that the Association serves the interests of researchers in science education. The Committee shall work together with other Division Committees on K–16 coordination. Additional charges may be directed by the President, requested by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Task Committees

Committee on Awards and Recognition

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to awards and recognition. This committee shall: select the recipients of some corporate-sponsored awards, along with other awards or recognitions as approved by the Board of Directors and listed in the NSTA Handbook; review the selection process and recommend changes to the Board of Directors; study any proposals for the termination of existing awards or other recognitions, and make recommendations concerning those proposals to the Board of Directors; review any proposals for new awards or other recognitions, and make recommendations concerning those proposals to the Board of Directors. Additional charges may be directed by the President, recommended by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors

Committee on Budget and Finance

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to budget and finance. The committee shall review and recommend to the Board of Directors the annual budget, which will be prepared by the staff under the supervision of the Executive Director and with the advice and guidance of the Treasurer; study and recommend to the Board of Directors funds to be allocated to the various areas of activity of the Association; receive and review requests for funding new or unbudgeted items from the Executive Director, from officers, or a member of the Board of Directors; and then recommend approval or disapproval of such requests, identifying new sources of funds or items in the budget that are to be cut by these amounts, in event of approval; monitor all expenditures and revenues as they relate to the budget in order to identify emerging financial problems; study activities supported by the budget and recommend to the Board of Directors, as appropriate, order of priorities, including termination of support for budget lines, activities, or programs, based upon costs and effectiveness; recommend investment policies and procedures and monitor NSTA investments. Additional charges may be directed by the President, recommended by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Nominations

General Responsibilities: This committee shall review annually all NSTA policies, programs, and activities relating to nominations. This committee shall identify and nominate well-qualified candidates that include a diversity of nominees with regard to distribution of geography, gender, ethnicity, and racial background. Additional charges may be directed by the President, recommended by the Board of Directors, or initiated by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Council including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Audit Committee

General Responsibilities: The committee is responsible for reviewing the terms of the auditor’s engagement; setting the auditor’s compensation; conferring with the auditor to satisfy themselves that the financial affairs of the corporation are in order—the auditor meets with the committee and the committee reports to the full board; reviewing and approving the annual audit; reviewing policies and procedures for “whistle blowers” who report questions about organizational accounting/auditing matters; approving any non-audit services performed by the auditing firm; providing advice and consent for the organization’s response to potentially illegal/unethical practices within the organization, but not limited to fraudulent accounting.

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