Oregon Science Teachers Association


Nominations for the 2017 Elections are now Open

OSTA is seeking energetic, service oriented science education advocates to fill positions on the board of directors.

OSTA's Strategic Planning process has identified current and emerging science educator needs and developed positive courses of action for our member-based organization.  OSTA’s Board approved the Strategic Framework and Business Plan in January 2016 and has been implementing the programs, workshops and advocacy outlined in the plan, including the Oregon Science Project. Join the team, and bring your great ideas for improving science teaching and learning to be shared in your region and statewide.

This is an exciting time to be an active member of your professional organization. For more information about the responsibilities, please see the job descriptions specific for each officer linked below. In addition, there are supports that OSTA provides to its board members to fulfill their responsibilities, identified in the job descriptions.

Elections will be held in September, and newly elected officers will be expected to attend the board meeting during the 2017 OSTA Fall Conference in Portland October 13-14.

Use this form to nominate yourself or a colleague. If you have any questions, please contact President-Elect Alfonso Garcia Arriola at agarcia@pps.net.

Positions available for the 2017 elections are:


This position is a three-year term which starts in October 2017, as president-elect, assuming the President position the following October, then ending as Past-President in October of 2018.  The first year's responsibilities include working with the President to set agendas and budgeting, running the next election, and promoting the mission and goals of OSTA.  The second year, the President sets the agendas, runs the meetings and represents OSTA at the local, state and national levels. The third year, the Past-President is the Conference Chair for the Annual OSTA Fall Conference.  The President-Elect and President represent OSTA at the NSTA National Congress on Science Education held over the summer.

The following positions are two-year terms starting in October 2018.


The Treasurer is a member of the executive team that includes the President, President-Elect, Past-President, and Secretary, and works with them in creating and annual budgets. The Treasurer organizes payments to be sent when expense reports are submitted by board members and invoices submitted by vendors. Assists the OSTA’s Conference Registrar in processing event payments using OSTA’s online membership management system. Collecting and organizing OSTA’s financial records using OSTA’s online accounts, the Treasurer works with OSTA’s contracted Bookkeeper to create financial reports to submit to the board prior to board meetings.

Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for maintaining membership and contact files through OSTA membership management system with assistance from OSTA’s Communications Coordinator. Promoting membership through the use of OSTA’s online tools, the Membership Coordinator communicates with universities and other partners in science education, as well as assists members with any questions they may have. The Membership Coordinator would also act as the Registrar for any OSTA Conferences.

Regional Directors

The Regional Directors work with the organization to represent the many regions of the state in its mission to promote and advance science education throughout the state of Oregon.

Region 1: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia & Clatsop Counties

Region 2: Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, Marion & Benton Counties

Region 3: Lane, Douglas, Coos, & Curry Counties

Region 4, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath & Lake Counties

Region 5, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Morrow, Umatilla & Grant Counties

Region 6, Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes & Harney Counties

Region 7, Wallowa, Union, Baker & Malheur Counties


Working with the organization, Members-at-Large advance the representation of the many regions within the state of Oregon, as well as expertise within science education.

Use this form to nominate yourself or a colleague to be a part of the team.  If you have questions, please contact Alfonso Garcia Arriola, OSTA President-Elect.


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