Bethany Melroe Lehrman
Professor of Chemistry | Dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences
Year Started: 2011
Education History: South Dakota State University (B.S. degree in Chemistry, M.S. degree in Biochemistry, and Ph.D. in Chemical Education)
Professional History: Dr. Bethany Melroe Lehrman is a professor of chemistry; dean of the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences; and CHAOS club’s faculty adviser at DWU. In fall 2015, she received a HOPES grant, which allowed DWU students the opportunity to work with and teach science to fifth-graders from L.B. Williams Elementary in Mitchell. She is also a member of many professional affiliations: American Chemical Society (ACS), ACS Division of Chemical Education, Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Honorary Chemical Society), Phi Kappa Phi (Multidisciplinary Honor Society) and Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society of Agriculture).
Areas of Expertise: Organic Chemistry, Nature of Science, Chemical/Science Education
Hobbies: Showing livestock, photography, and being on the farm
Family: Husband (Jeremy), Son (Cash) and Daughter (Emerson)
What do you love most about DWU?: The STUDENTS! We are blessed with exceptional students that make my job rewarding and fun.
Awards: 2021 Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence, the Exemplary Teacher Award in 2017 and the Faculty Professional Excellence Award in 2015 from DWU