ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On June 1, Dr. David Crowther, a professor of science education and the executive director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, became the 2017-18 president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
“David will make an outstanding president this year,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “We look forward to his leadership, and being able to share his experience, creative ideas, and his passion for science and education with NSTA members and with the larger science education community.”
Crowther brings years of leadership and teaching experience to NSTA through his work as a classroom teacher, college professor, director, journal editor, and author. In addition to having taught science at the elementary and middle levels for 5 years, Crowther also has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the university level, teaching science methods to undergraduate students; general biology to education majors; and a variety of courses in curriculum, science education, and research to graduate students. Crowther has also served as president of the Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA) and the Council of Elementary Science International (CESI), was on the board of directors for the Association of Science Teacher Educators (ASTE), and was chairman of the board for Bailey Charter Elementary School in Reno, Nevada.
During his distinguished career, Crowther has received millions of dollars in grant funding for various projects. He is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several grants, including Project ReCharge, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experience for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant on energy education, the Northern Nevada English Language Initiative (NNELI) and STEM grant project from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, and a NSF GK-12 E-Fellows grant. Crowther has also published broadly for the science education community. He has edited and written a portion of the Gateway to Science textbook series from Thomson Press, consulted/ edited the children’s book series The Science Behind from Heinemann-Raintree, and is the co-author/ editor of NSTA Press’ Science for English Language Learners. Additionally, Crowther has written 11 chapters in science education texts, wrote the educators guide to the monster fish traveling museum exhibit for National Geographic, and has published more than 40 articles in various scholarly journals and conference proceedings.
Crowther received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received both his B.S. degree and M.Ed. from Brigham Young University.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.