Julie A. Luft is a University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor and the Athletic Association Professor of Mathematics and Science Education in the Mary Francis Early College of Education. She is also a Fellow of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), American Association for the Advancement of Science and Owens Institute of Behavioral Research, as well as a former Fulbright scholar. Her longstanding research interest pertains to secondary science teachers, which has included longitudinal studies of teachers in their first years of teaching. With this body of work, she has articulated the importance of discipline-specific induction programing. Her current studies are focused on school leaders and their work with newly hired science teachers. When not engaged in research in school settings, she teaches in the initial certification and graduate science education programs. Working with graduate students at her university and internationally is a passion of hers. Her commitment to the science education community is extensive and includes being an Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, president of the Association of Science Teacher Education, and on the board of NARST and NSTA. A highlight of her career was serving on the 2015 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine report on science teacher learning.