Call for Nominations for the 2021–2022 Postdoctoral Assembly Executive Board: Deadline December 18

By Jacklyn Skye Kelty (she/her) posted 12-10-2020 15:36


If you are or know an SOT Postdoctoral member, please consider becoming a candidate or nominating a colleague for one of the open officer positions on the 2021–2022 Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) Executive Board. The mission of the PDA is to facilitate the professional development of the SOT Postdoctoral membership in the science of toxicology.

Elected officers use their leadership skills throughout the year to organize activities and events such as professional development webinars, the Best Postdoctoral Paper Award, and Scientific Sessions; the Postdoctoral Assembly Luncheon; and Poster Tours for Trainees and a special career-networking event during the Annual Meeting. Serving on the PDA Executive Board provides an excellent opportunity to network with other postdoctoral fellows as well as more senior SOT members. The PDA Board is actively engaged with SOT leadership to provide guidance on programming that will be most beneficial for postdocs. Plus, serving on the board is a fun way to help other postdoctoral fellows and graduate students advance their own careers. You can find some of the recent activities of the PDA in the Summer 2020 Post-y Newsletter.

The PDA is committed to representing the diversity of postdocs, including personal identity, scientific expertise/perspective, employment sector, and geographic location. We encourage the nomination of postdocs from all backgrounds for the Board, and the PDA is available to provide advice for anyone that might not be familiar with this process.

Descriptions of each open position are posted in the nomination form. The open positions for 2021–2022 are:

  • Vice-Chair (two-year position that transitions to the Chair)
  • Secretary (two-year position)
  • Treasurer (one-year position)
  • Councilor (two one-year positions)


  1. SOT Postdoctoral or Graduate Student member (will apply for Postdoctoral membership)
  2. In a formally mentored postdoctoral position by February 1, 2021
  3. Will be a postdoc for more than six months of the term of service (May 1, 2021–April 30, 2022)

    Please note that PDA officers cannot serve as a Postdoctoral Representative to any SOT Committee, Specialty Section, Regional Chapter, or Special Interest Group during their term of office.

    Nominate yourself or encourage your colleagues to submit a nomination by December 18, 2020. The nomination must include the nominee’s name and 150-word biosketch containing required information:

    • Education information—including degrees obtained and universities attended
    • Research field and interests
    • SOT involvement and attendance
    • Previous leadership roles

    The PDA Board is available to provide consultations about position responsibilities and advice about the election process. If you have any question or would like additional information, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rachel Woodson at SOT Headquarters. Please contact Rachel if you have any questions about this process or would like more information to determine which position might be a good fit.