Dr. Betty Eidemiller is the Director of Education for the Society of Toxicology (SOT), headquartered in Reston, Virginia. She received her MS and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitman College (Washington). In twenty-plus years with SOT, she has coordinated the range of education-related activities of the Society, from continuing education for professionals, programs for trainees, and outreach to students in grades K-12. A primary focus has been managing activities for educators and undergraduate students, including the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program, for which she serves as co-investigator on the NIH/NIEHS grant that supports the program. Among current responsibilities, she is the staff liaison for the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee which leads SOT strategic activities for educators and students.
Previous roles with scientific societies include serving as executive director for the Toxicology Education Foundation and for the International Association of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Societies. Dr. Eidemiller also managed faculty initiatives at the American Society for Microbiology. Before her roles in education at the national level, she was division chair at Lamar University, Orange (Texas) where she taught biology, was principal investigator on multiple professional development grants for K-12 science teachers, and conducted science enrichment activities for students. She also held faculty positions at College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) and Albion College (Michigan). Publications include a number of education-related articles and environmental impact studies.