FSHN instructor receives CANR Excellence in Teaching – New Teacher Award

Deanne Kelleher to receive 2020 CANR Excellence in Teaching - New Teacher Award at ANR Week.

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Deanne Kelleher will receive the 2020 MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Excellence in Teaching – New Teacher Award during ANR Week on March 6.

The CANR Excellence in Teaching – New Teacher Award recognizes individuals with less than five years of teaching experience who have demonstrated a commitment to quality scholarship of teaching and learning with demonstrated success in these areas.

Kelleher has been a fixed term academic specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition for the past four and a half years, after having served for two and a half years in temporary teaching positions. Before her role at Michigan State University, she served the Lansing healthcare community as a dietetic practitioner at Sparrow Health System and at the Michigan Department of Community Health.

With each new semester, Kelleher increases her engagement with aspects of instruction in the department. Her teaching activities include classroom instruction of undergraduate courses as assigned by the chairperson, guest speaker in colleagues’ classes, supervision of honors projects, mentoring of undergraduate research projects, and curriculum planning and mentoring for dietetics majors. To better serve her students, she also became certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Kelleher started her doctorate degree in human nutrition in fall 2017 in addition to her full-time teaching responsibilities and she is scheduled to defend her dissertation proposal in March 2020. She is a registered dietician nutritionist with a master’s degree in clinical investigation and a bachelor’s in dietetics. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Lansing Dietetic Association. She has been published in “The Essential Guide to the Nutrition Care Process,” Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, and in the Health Education Journal. Kelleher also has experience as a clinical pediatric dietitian and in school nutrition policy and promotion.

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