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Undergraduate Educators

The Society of Toxicology supports the teaching of toxicology to undergraduates and has an active community of undergraduate educators. The Education Committee Undergraduate Subcommittee encourages any SOT member interested in undergraduate instruction to join this Undergraduate Educator Network by subscribing in ToXchange. 

Undergraduate Education Network Newsletter September 2018

Activities related to undergraduates at the SOT Annual Meeting are featured in this flyer, which you can distribute, print, and post.

We encourage poster abstract submissions for the education, ethical, legal, and social issues topic poster session. More information

The resources below are available for teaching toxicology, integrating the discipline into other courses, and for outreach activities.

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Introduction to Toxicology Slide Sets
These slides are available for usage in noncommercial educational settings, including:
  • Presentations on introductory toxicology
  • Career information presentations

Images or other portions of any individual slide are not for use outside the context of the individual slide.

Some editing of the individual slide is permissible for appropriate modification for a specific presentation, with retention of the indicated copyrights.

General Introduction to Toxicology (10 slides)
Toxicology as a Discipline (14 slides)
Toxicology Concepts (25 slides)
Careers in Toxicology (17 slides)
SOT Information and Summary (6 slides)

Contact Betty Eidemiller with questions, comments, or suggestions.

Toxicology Learning Objectives

With the goal of producing useful resources for educators to encourage students along the pathway to graduate school and careers in toxicology, the SOT Education Committee's Undergraduate Subcommittee established a work group to develop learning objectives for undergraduate toxicology courses. Publication of the resulting framework will facilitate the development and sharing of evidenced-based teaching materials for toxicology educators throughout the world and expand toxicology’s impact to a broader audience. This framework supports the NSF AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology recommendations for student-centered learning that reflect the process of science, topics connected to the lives of students, and what we know about effective learning practices.

The toxicology learning objectives echo the core Vision and Change concepts, which are evolution; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; information flow, exchange, and storage; structure and function; and systems. Toxicology learning objectives will provide guidance for faculty teaching toxicology in a basic undergraduate toxicology course as well as in other courses, and exclude examples and case study references. After reviewing course syllabi and textbooks, the group proposed these five core toxicology concepts: evolution; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; systems toxicology; biological information; and risk assessment. In addition, learning objectives were determined and additional detail outlined for each, such that there are four levels of detail. Publication of this framework alongside those of the other major life science disciplines (CourseSource, LifeSciTRC) will facilitate the development and sharing of evidenced-based teaching materials for toxicology educators throughout the world and expand toxicology’s impact to a broader audience.

Foundational Concepts in Undergraduate Toxicology: Applying Vision & Change to the Development of Core Competencies and Learning Objectives for an Undergraduate Toxicology Course—2018 Annual Meeting poster

Toxicology Learning Framework

Submit your comments on this draft here.

Undergraduate Curriculum Resources
The Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the SOT Education Committee collects assignments and syllabi to support quality undergraduate instruction, especially in light of the national undergraduate science curriculum reform efforts. We welcome submission of materials to this collection which are useful in exposing undergraduate students to the field of toxicology. Materials that have completed review can be accessed by SOT members.

Go to: The SOT Undergraduate Curriculum Resources
Undergraduate Educator Network Webinars
The Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the SOT Education Committee sponsors webinars designed to provide development opportunities for undergraduate educators and those who are considering this career path. Recordings of past webinars are available for viewing.

Go to: Undergraduate Educator Network Webinar recordings
Eminent Toxicologist Lectures

The Undergraduate Subcommittee of the Education Committee in conjunction with the Eminent Toxicologist Work Group has organized historically relevant, high quality presentations appropriate for senior undergraduate students, graduate students, or the scientifically-oriented general public.

Go to: Eminent Toxicologist Lectures