Area(s) of Expertise
I specialize in qualitative methodologies, particularly in-depth individual interviews and focus groups. I apply these methodologies when conducting needs assessments, as well as program evaluations. I enjoy acting as a qualitative research consultant for other investigators from around the country, training them in techniques needed to create rigorous and trustworthy quali
The first goal in the 2011-2020 NC State University strategic plan is to enhance the success of our students through educational innovation. My vision for educational change includes offering students challenging coursework in non-traditional settings, in addition to providing them opportunities for engaging in quality research and service. With this vision in mind, I encourage my students to pursue excellence inside and outside of the classroom, while providing them with support to reach their goals.
In my service-learning based Community Nutrition course, students work in teams to teach cooking, nutrition, and food safety to low-income individuals in the community. In my “flipped” Nutrition through the Life Cycle course, students watch mini-lectures online and work in class to solve case studies and develop recommendations for theoretical patients. Finally, in my Senior Capstone in Nutrition course, students work in groups to conduct research and create useable products for a myriad of community partners.
In addition to incorporating service-learning into my courses, I have developed Nutrition NUTS, a student outreach program that serves children from low-income families and their parents. Through Nutrition NUTS, students visit Head Start preschools to read nutrition and health-related books to 3- to 5-year-old children, teach their parents about health and wellness topics, or provide nutrition education training to their preschool teachers. Each semester, approximately 30 students from all over campus dedicate time each week to serve their community through Nutrition NUTS. In return, they gain respect for cultural diversity, community programming, and many public health issues facing our society.
• NTR 220: Food and Culture (Summer)
• NTR 490: Senior Capstone in Nutrition (Fall and Spring)
• NTR 495: Community Food Security (Summer)
• NTR 520/420: Community Nutrition (Fall)
• NTR 521/421: Nutrition through the Life Cycle (Spring)
• Early Professional Award, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2014
• Community-Engaged Faculty Fellow, North Carolina State University
• Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, member since 2013
• Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Representative, North Carolina State University, 2012-2013
• At Home in the World Faculty Fellow, Office of Institutional Equality and Diversity, North Carolina State University, 2013-2014
• Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award, member of the Gardening and Nutrition PIECES collaborative, North Carolina State University, 2011
B.S., Hardin-Simmons University (1999)
M.S., Texas Teach University (2002)
Dietetic Internship, Cornell University (2003)
Ph.D., University of Connecticut (2007)