San José State University Nutrition Professor Kasuen Mauldin has received an Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the United States’ largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. She was nominated by her peers and students in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging Department for this honor, which is given to recognize the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited programs. The award will be presented at the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area 1 meeting at Asilomar Conference Center on March 15. A list of awardees will be published in the September 2015 issue of the “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” and in the Spring 2015 issue of NDEP-Line, a newsletter for academy members. In addition, she will be recognized at the Fall 2015 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo meeting in Nashville, TN.
Mauldin joined the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging in 2011 and teaches a variety of courses at all levels, from introduction to nutrition for health professional majors to human nutrition laboratory to advanced nutrition and metabolism at the graduate level. As a productive researcher, Mauldin mentors many graduate students, helping them achieve success through scholarships, research awards, and peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She said she is excited to lead in the creation of new courses and development of faculty-led programs abroad as a part of her department’s current efforts to advance its curriculum. Her teaching philosophy is that “effective educators are organized and prepared, professional and fair, resourceful and well connected, and believe there is always room for improvement.”