Professors Rebecca Hite and Mihwa Park were recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), a leading education research journal. Their three-year terms begin this month.
The journal publishes reports for science education researchers and practitioners on issues of science teaching and learning and science education policy. It is the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning Through Research.
With an impact factor of 3.21, JRST ranks 11th out of 239 education research journals and is the most cited peer-reviewed research journal in the field of science education, according to Journal Citation Reports.
Both Hite and Park are assistant professors of STEM education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Park's research interests involve examining how assessments can be effectively integrated into science instruction, especially when educational technologies are used as learning materials and assessment tools.
"I am honored to join the Journal of Research in Science Teaching editorial team as an editorial board member," Park said. "JRST is the premier journal in the field of science education and among the top-tier of all educational research journals."
Hite's research focuses on exploring the affordances of emergent instructional technologies in STEM education. Some of her recent work has examined three-dimensional, haptic-enabled, virtual reality systems. She also focuses on addressing issues of underrepresentation in STEM.
"I am humbled and grateful to serve the premier journal in my discipline in this capacity," Hite said. "I look forward to the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to the board and article submissions."