Nutrition Prof earns Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award

Kasuen Mauldin

Kasuen Mauldin

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.”

CEED reception honors committement to equity and diversity

On April 29, Dean Charles Bullock and the Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity honored two members of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for their efforts at San José State University as well as in the community to enhance equity and diversity with the 2014 CEED Award.

Ashwini Wagle, a professor in nutrition and food science, and Debbie Reese, a student in the School of Library and Information Science, were honored for their efforts. Each received a certificate of recognition and a gift certificate at the reception. They also received an SJSU key chain and pen set and a padfolio with the SJSU logo on it, donated by Spartan Bookstore. During the reception, faculty and staff members from Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging and School of Library Information Science gathered in the Dean’s conference room to celebrate with Wagle and Reese, who joined remotely via Webex.

Reese is a student in the Master of Library and Information Science degree program and is a School of Library and Information Science Circle of Learning scholar. COL is a grant-funded partnership with the American Indian Library Association, funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services. In her time as a student, she has been invited as a guest at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s American Healing for Democracy conference in New Orleans, as well as a presenter at the Pacific Northwest Library Association conference and the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums in Tulsa, Okla. She also maintains a blog:

For more on the nominees, read the previous College of Applied Sciences and Arts blog post at: