Three Ways to Be an NSTA Volunteer

Volunteering is often considered a valuable asset on a resume or CV for almost any profession, including educators. Professionals of any age can develop new skills, expand professional networks, and open doors to opportunities for career growth through volunteering.

Get involved in shaping the future of NSTA by participating in one of the following three options: standing committees, advisory boards, or panels. With more than 30 different topics, you are sure to find an opportunity to spark your interest.

Each volunteer opportunity involves a different time commitment. You might want to consider starting with a committee and then working your way up to an advisory board. But choose a topic that interests you and consider getting involved.

Standing Committees

Standing Committee volunteers review NSTA policies, programs, and activities on an annual basis. Although there are 14 different committee topics, these committees are further broken into three subsets:

  • Level: Volunteers review and report on whether the organization serves the interests of educators at four levels of science teaching: preschool/elementary; middle level; high school; and college.
  • Function: Volunteers review the impact of NSTA’s work on roles outside the classroom, such as coordination and supervision; informal science; multicultural and equity issues; preservice teacher preparation; and professional development.
  • Task: Volunteers review internal and external NSTA tasks and processes behind activities such as awards and recognition; budget and finance; nominations; and organizational auditing.

Committee members work directly with members of the Board of Directors and can have a positive impact on science education at the national level.

Advisory Boards

Have you ever wanted to submit an idea for improvement to an NSTA journal, conference, or program? Do you have a great inkling for innovation in urban science or special education? Advisory Board members have the opportunity to give direct input, guidance, and advice to members of the NSTA staff and the Board of Directors.

More than 15 different Advisory Boards cover the breadth of the organization:

  • Publication Advisory Boards
    • Science and Children Advisory Board
    • Science Scope Advisory Board
    • The Science Teacher Advisory Board
    • Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board
    • NSTA Reports Advisory Board
  • Aerospace Programs Advisory Board
  • Conference Advisory Board
  • Development Advisory Board
  • International Advisory Board
  • Investment Advisory Board
  • John Glenn Center for Science Education Advisory Board
  • NGSS@NSTA Advisory Board
  • Retired Members Advisory Board
  • Rural Science Education Advisory Board
  • Science Matters Advisory Board
  • Science Safety Advisory Board
  • Special Needs Advisory Board
  • Technology Advisory Board
  • Urban Science Education Advisory Board


Members who volunteer on Panels are charged with joint selection for specific NSTA programs, including the following:

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books Panel
  • Best STEM Books Panel
  • Award Panel
    • Shell Science Teaching Award

Volunteers bring outside perspectives and professional experience to NSTA programs, products, and activities, so consider taking your membership beyond reading your journal or attending a conference. Volunteers are essential to the success of NSTA. Join our team of volunteers by completing the online application by December 3, 2018. NSTA President-elect Dennis Schatz will make appointments through the end of the year, and notification will begin at the end of February 2019. These appointees’ term of office begins on June 1, 2019.

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