Position Opening: astroEDU Editor-in-Chief Honorary Position

There are many sources of educational resources for astronomy across the world. The quality of these resources is highly variable making the effectiveness to the end-user an unknown quantity. Many are not maintained or updated regularly and have a limited content review. To address these issues and more, IAU astroEDU follows a peer-reviewed process similar to what scholarly articles are based on. Activities submitted to astroEDU are peer-reviewed by an educator and a professional astronomer which gives credibility to the activities. astroEDU activities are open-access in order to make the activities accessible to educators around the world while letting them discover, review, distribute and remix the activities. The activities will also be given higher visibility with much wider distribution through the partner networks and the official seal of the IAU. In 2020, astroEDU formally became part of the IAU Office of Astronomy Education.

The astroEDU team is looking for a editor-in-chief with min 2-year experience in astronomy education and/or science education. Minimum of Master level in Astronomy and/or Science Education or Communication, with a good command of English for a 3-year appointment. Knowledge of science curriculum will be an added advantage.

The position is an honorary position and therefore is voluntary, with no salary. More information about IAU astroEDU: http://arxiv.org/abs/1501.07116

Duties and Profile:

  • Oversee the peer-review process for the entire life-cycle of each activity, from submission to publication. This includes assigning editors to activities and reviewing each activity on submission and acceptance.
  • Provide consistency in the quality of published activities
  • Availability of 4 hours per week.
  • Participate in regular telecons with the astroEDU team.
  • Support the fundraising efforts led by the Managing Editors.
  • Brainstorm new ideas and work on longer-term revisions / development of the editorial process (in collaboration with the astroEDU team).

Applications:

Interested parties should send the following documents to the astroEDU team by 9 January 2022 with the following documents via email to Gwen Sanderson:

  1. Your complete CV.
  2. A cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed by the astroEDU steering committee immediately after the submission deadline. Interviews will be conducted via video conference. For further questions, please contact astroedu@astro4edu.org

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