Janet Anderson, clinical professor in the Utah State University department of nutrition and food sciences, received the 2006 U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
Anderson was recognized at the annual conference of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges in Houston, Texas, Nov. 12.
The USDA Excellence in Teaching Awards program recognizes faculty who stand out among their peers, bring distinction to their school and credit to their profession.
“Janet is a proven master teacher who employs a wide variety of pedagogy to maximize students’ learning,” said Charles Carpenter, head of the USU nutrition and food sciences department. “She is especially known for making use of examples to teach concepts, for developing hands-on learning exercises and for integrating service learning projects into the curriculum. She is nationally recognized for her teaching modules on food safety targeted to the general public, especially school-age children.”
Anderson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State. Since completing her education, Anderson has been the assistant director of the culinary arts, food service management program at Utah State and an outpatient dietitian at Logan Regional Hospital and the Dietary Manager at Logan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She has also worked as a consultant dietitian for several other organizations.
In her work as a clinical professor at Utah State, she has worked with the Edith Bowen Elementary Laboratory School and served on the school lunch program advisory committee, where she works with university and elementary students in the Little Blue Luncheon program. She is a member of the American School Food Service Association.
Anderson has focused her research and time on the issue of food safety. She is the former director of the Utah Food Safety Coalition and has written and presented extensively on the topic. Anderson gained national attention for her nutrition expertise and has been featured in many news outlets, including The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Better Homes and Gardens and The New York Times.