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Reid Named Education Outreach Specialist

By Eddy Ball
July 2010

Ericka Reid, Ph.D.
As one of the finalists for the position, Reid, above, spoke March 18 on the topic "Addressing the Under-Representation of Women and Minorities in STEM Disciplines." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS energized its commitment to science education outreach with the appointment of Ericka Reid, Ph.D., who assumed the duties of education outreach specialist in June. Reid will coordinate local efforts across the Institute's divisions and serve as the central liaison to other programs and educational institutions nationwide in the development of innovative science education and programs for under-represented populations.

With her training in education and counseling, as well as her extensive background in higher education recruitment and retention programs, Reid brings an experienced approach to education outreach efforts at NIEHS.

Education and experience

Reid received her Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis on women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Georgia State University in Atlanta and her M.Ed. in counseling and development with a concentration in student development in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Immediately following her master's program, Reid worked for the University of Tennessee Educational Advancement Program and Pellissippi State Technical Community College Student Development Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

For the past 12 years, Reid lived and worked in Atlanta, Ga. She served with a variety of organizations and higher education institutions, including the Advanced Academy for Future Teachers at Georgia State University, where she completed her doctorate, Emory University Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and Spelman College Office of Graduate School Relations.

Most recently Reid served as the manager of professional development for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an international membership association, where she was responsible for the development of and recruitment for continuing education courses.

A part of the NIEHS leadership team

Looking ahead to the opportunities and challenges of her new position, Reid said she is proud to be a part of the NIEHS family and working toward realizing one of its important initiatives.

"It's an honor to be part of an organization and team that actively engages in making science education and career opportunities available to those who have been historically overlooked or underserved," Reid said. "I look forward to working with colleagues who so clearly understand the importance of broad perspectives and the value of inclusion."

Reid assumes a leadership role filled for 14 years by former NIEHS Director of Education and Biomedical Research Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., who retired in September 2008 (see story( Following her appointment as NIEHS/NTP director in 2009, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., made reinvigorating education outreach a top priority as she began the process of recruiting permanent members of her new leadership team.

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