Crespo, Bieda to edit math journal

April 30, 2015
Sandra Crespo

Sandra Crespo

Michigan State University faculty members Sandra Crespo and Kristen Bieda will become editors of the Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE) journal as of May 1, 2015. Crespo will serve as editor and Bieda as associate editor. They are the second official team of editors as the journal enters its fifth year of publication.

The journal—jointly sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators—provides insight for the preparation and support of math teachers.

Crespo, associate professor of teacher education, was chosen as editor, in part, for her application that emphasized teamwork with Bieda. “I represented the both of us,” she said of her interview for the position. “I wanted them to know we are a team.”

Kristen Bieda

Kristen Bieda

After being selected, Crespo got a head start on her term as editor, working with the current team of MTE editors on the March 2015 issue as part of a transition period. Crespo and Bieda’s first official issue will come in September.

“I really am looking forward to the first editorial,” Crespo said. “It’ll be one of those things I will really enjoy.”

Bieda, also an associate professor of teacher education, emphasized the range of duties they have in their new position. They will go to conferences to represent the journal and to host sessions about writing manuscripts for the journal, hold webinars and write editorials. But the heart of the job entails creating a journal that demystifies the publication process and that offers educative feedback to authors.

“We don’t publish research for the sake of research,” Bieda said. “We publish informative, helpful articles that fit the mission of MTE—a mission that aligns with the MSU College of Education’s commitment to integrating theory into practice.” She went on to say, “MTE is past its ‘new’ stage, so we are in a good position to shape the journal for years to come. It’s a really exciting time.”

Crespo and Bieda will be editors of the journal for three years.