Geeta Verma, PhD, has something to celebrate. The associate professor of science education, was named co-editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education and the only English-language journal focused exclusively on science teacher education.
“I am so honored and privileged to receive this co-editor role,” said Verma, who came to CU’s School of Education & Human Development in 2010. “Science education has a key role in equipping students around the globe with the capacity to make informed decisions about issues that affect them and their societies.”
“My goal is to actively seek out global and diverse perspectives on science teacher education.”
Originally from India, Verma landed on her career in education somewhat circuitously. As a college student, she loved studying physics and other sciences. From there, she transitioned to a master’s program in zoology at the University of Delhi. The zoology department happened to be right across the street from the department of education. After she earned an MS in zoology, she literally crossed the street to change the entire course of her career.
“Teaching in the classroom opened a totally new world to me,” Verma said. “I was hooked on science teaching.”
Her interest in science education research eventually brought her to Kent State University, where she earned her PhD. In addition to her years as a teacher in Delhi, India, Verma has now taught in four different U.S. states.
“My goal is to actively seek out global and diverse perspectives on science teacher education to benefit the next generation of science education researchers, science leaders and science teachers,” she said.