I am honored to serve as the next Scientific Editor of the Journal of Food Science Education, a journal that was started by teachers for teachers and envisioned as a means of sharing food science education information to educators at all levels: primary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and in the workplace. Additionally, I feel very privileged to follow in the footsteps of the previous JFSE Scientific Editor, Dr. Grady Chism, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State Univ. and Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, as well as the founding scientific editor, Dr. Wayne Iwaoka, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Hawaii, both of whom have made numerous improvements to JFSE as well as their own contributions to food science education at the local, state, national, and international levels.
In this issue, you will find 2 articles that focus on food safety education. In the first article, food safety education materials were evaluated for use in the high school classroom by high school and community college science educators. As discussed in the article, the high school science classroom is a perfect environment for not only stimulating interest and increasing knowledge in food safety, but also improving science literacy, development of life skills, and greater awareness of career opportunities in the food industry. In the second article, core competencies of importance to postsecondary food safety education were identified and refined. The unique aspect of this study was the application of the Delphi method, which uses a structured communication technique to refine the responses of a panel of experts to converge towards a “correct” answer.
My hope and dream, as the newest JFSE Scientific Editor on the block, is that more educators will take time out of their busy schedules to share with others, via contributions to the JFSE, the amazing educational innovations they are employing in their classrooms. You may not have a formal educational research project to report, but you can still share with others what you are doing in your classroom to enhance the learning of your students. The sharing of best practices, in the form of a JFSE teaching tip, for example, is an effective way to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. I welcome each of you to join me in the mission of continuing to establish the JFSE as the premier journal on the teaching and learning of food science and technology.