Jomo W. Mutegi, Old Dominion University associate professor of science education, has been elected president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).

NARST is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. It was founded in 1928 and is the most prominent international association of science education researchers in the world.

Mutegi, who has been an active member of NARST for 27 years, will serve as a member of the presidential team for three years.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the association in any capacity and I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this responsibility," he said. "NARST has enriched my life in many ways over the years. It has been - and continues to be - an extremely rich and rewarding academic space."

Mutegi previously served as co-chair of the NARST Fellows Award Program, a member of the board of directors, chair of the research committee and member of the "Journal of Research in Science Teaching" award committee. He is co-editor of the special issue "Science Education and the African Diaspora in the United States," which will be published in the journal "Cultural Studies of Science Education."

NARST members have been at the forefront of several major reform movements that address science teaching and learning, including the founding of the National Science Teachers Association and the Australian Science Education Research Association; and the development of the National Science Education Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. NARST's flagship journal, the "Journal of Research in Science Teaching," is consistently ranked in the top 10% of education and educational research journals by Journal Citation Reports.

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