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UCO Professor Named President-Elect for the National Science Teachers Association

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March 27, 2019

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UCO Professor Named President-Elect for the National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning recently appointed Beth Allan, Ph.D., professor of biology and coordinator of the secondary science education program at the University of Central Oklahoma, as the president-elect for the organization.

“As Oklahoma’s only metropolitan university, UCO has rapidly become a powerhouse for the STEM workforce to serve the OKC metro,” said Wei Chen, dean of the UCO College of Mathematics and Science.

“Professor Beth Allan exemplifies our commitment to science education in the College of Mathematics and Science at UCO.  She has worked tirelessly to promote and advocate for science education in Oklahoma and across the nation. She will represent UCO and Oklahoma well on the national stage.”

As president, Allan will provide leadership for the organization’s governing body and represent NSTA to the press, policymakers, stakeholders and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) organizations.

Allan has served as the president of the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association and nationally as the president of the National Science Education Leadership Association. Her career has focused on supporting pre-service and in-service teachers to improve science instruction for all students.

The NSTA 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.

For more information about the UCO College of Mathematics and Science, visit www.uco.edu/cms.

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Cutline: The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning recently appointed Beth Allan, Ph.D., professor of biology and coordinator of the secondary science education program at the University of Central Oklahoma, as the president-elect for the organization.