New Field Editor Named for JCST

Ann R. Cutler has been an assistant professor at the university since 2001, specializing in physical and inorganic chemistry. She earned a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering from Purdue University.

“One of the first things I did when I came to the university was to read every science education journal that was available,” said Cutler. “The only one that I read cover to cover was the JCST because it was useful and had an immediate impact on my teaching. I hope to continue this tradition of excellence and to gain a wider readership.”

For nearly 15 years, Cutler has put her expertise to work as a scientist with corporate America. She began her career as a product development chemist and group leader for Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati. She joined the Andrew Jergen’s Company as a project manager and then moved to the Shepherd Color Company as a research chemist. Cutler holds two patents and has been published in numerous publications on the topics of chemistry, education, business, and marketing. Driven by the constant desire to teach, she joined the University of Indianapolis in 2001 and has worked to secure research grants focusing on undergraduate research in chemistry and support for textbook learning in the chemistry classroom.

“I am lucky to have had the experience of working at the end of the pipeline,” said Cutler. “I understand what it means to work in the sciences in industry, and I think this experience and perspective will help me in my new role as field editor.”

“We are thrilled that Ann Cutler will be guiding our college journal,” says NSTA publisher David Beacom. “Her unique blend of intelligence, inventiveness, and broad life and professional experience equip her to expand our audience and to broaden the journal’s impact on science teaching and learning.”

JCST is published seven times a year and is one of four peer-reviewed journals published by the NSTA for educators at the elementary through college levels. The duties of the field editor include setting editorial direction and policy; soliciting and reviewing manuscripts; writing editorials; chairing the publication’s advisory board and review panel; and presenting at regional and national conventions.

“College level science educators face many challenges, including increased pressures for accountability,” said Cutler. “JCST can provide tremendous support for professors and instructors by serving as a source of collective communication across the disciplines.”

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