The 2017 recipient of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award presented by the SNEB Higher Education Division, Dr. Melanie Burns, PhD was featured in the AND NEHP Fall 2017 newsletter for her outstanding achievements. Read the article published in the newsletter below. To learn more about AND NEHP, visit: http://www.nehpdpg.org/
At the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB)’s 50th annual conference, the Higher Education Division was honored to present a longtime SNEB and AND member, Dr. Melanie Burns, with our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award. The SoTL award honors an SNEB member who is also an exemplary nutrition faculty member and has made scholarly contributions to nutrition education in higher education. Dr. Burns is the third awardee since the SoTL award was established.
Dr. Burns is Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University where she is also the graduate coordinator for nutrition and dietetics and the dietetic internship coordinator. She has taught courses ranging from food science to nutrition education during her 22 years as a collegiate nutrition educator and has also written numerous nutrition instructor’s manuals and study guides.
Nominators noted Dr. Burns’ effective use of multiple modes of teaching and learning in her classes, including lectures, projects, case studies, and field trips. They describe her teaching as theoretically based, grounded in real life, and full of flavor and fun. Students credited her with increasing their knowledge and selfefficacy in nutrition and dietetics and acknowledged her devotion to her students. In addition to the 2017 SoTL award, Dr. Burns has won the Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award twice, and has also won the AND Outstanding DPD Educator Award for Illinois.
Please join us in congratulating Melanie and thanking her for her contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning in nutrition education!