Virginia professor begins term as 2021-2022 president of the National Science Teaching Association
ARLINGTON, Virginia – (BUSINESS WIRE) – June 1, Dr. Eric J. Pyle, professor of geoscience education at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va., Became the 2021-2022 president of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), the world’s largest professional organization to the world promoting excellence and innovation in the teaching and learning of science for all.
At James Madison University, Pyle works with science professors and future geoscience professionals, providing courses and research opportunities in the areas of Earth and Planet Science and Science education. He also has extensive experience teaching field science both in the US, Ireland and the UK. He received a BS in Earth Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983, an MA in Geology from Emory University in 1986, and a PhD. in Science Education from the University of Georgia in 1995.
A committed leader in science and STEM education for decades, Pyle has held leadership positions for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST); the National Association of Geoscience Teachers; the Association for the Training of Science Teachers (ASTE); the National Association of Earth Science Teachers (NESTA); and the Geological Society of America (GSA). Pyle was also co-director of the JMU Center for STEM Education and Outreach.
“We are left with a unique opportunity to transform science education through alignment of policies, funding and a near universal interest in providing educators with the highest quality tools to advance their learning experiences. students, ”said Dr. Eric Pyle, president of the NSTA. “It’s both exciting and humbling to take a leadership role and work with a strong team right now. ”
Pyle has also been an active member of the science education community for many years; he contributed to the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Science Education Framework as a member of the Earth and Space Science Design Team and was one of the primary reviewers of the Next generation scientific standards. He was a Division Director on the NSTA Board of Directors and a member of the NSTA Board and oversaw the development of the NSTA Position Statement on Climate Science Education and Training Standards for science teachers. He has also published extensively in NSTA journals and has made numerous presentations at national and regional NSTA conferences.
“This is a pivotal time for education, and in particular for science and STEM education, and we are fortunate that Eric will lead NSTA next year,” said Dr Erika Shugart, Executive Director of the NSTA. “He is a thoughtful leader with great ideas that will continue to advance the mission of the association.”
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science teachers and professionals committed to best practices in science education and its impact on student learning. The NSTA provides high quality science resources and lifelong learning so that science teachers can grow professionally and excel in their careers. For new and experienced teachers, the NSTA community provides the opportunity to network with like-minded peers nationwide, connect with leading mentors and researchers, and learn from the best in the field.