IAU-OAE is Searching for a new Editor-in-Chief for astroEDU

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The astroEDU team is looking for an editor-in-chief with at least 2-year experience in astronomy education and/or science education. The offer is for a three-year appointment. Furthermore, the prospective editor-in-chief requires a minimum of Master level in Astronomy and/or Science Education or Communication. The candidate also requires a good command of English. In addition, knowledge of science curriculum will be an added advantage. The position is an honorary position and therefore is voluntary, with no salary. Meanwhile, you can get more information about IAU astroEDU here.

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. IAU astroEDU follows a peer-reviewed process similar to scholarly articles to address these issues and more. 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 receive higher visibility with much wider distribution through the partner networks and the official seal of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). In 2020, astroEDU formally became part of the IAU Office of Astronomy Education.

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; and
  • 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 with the following documents via email to Gwen Sanderson. The deadline for application submission is 6 February 2022.

  • Your complete CV; and
  • A cover letter.

The astroEDU steering committee will review the applications immediately after the submission deadline. Furthermore, the interviews will be via video conference. You can send an email here if you have further questions.

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