FDN faculty member receives regional award for excellence in teaching

March 10th, 2017 Contact: Emma Laing  |  706-542-4918  | More about Emma

Emma Laing, an associate research scientist in the FACS department of foods and nutrition, received the 2017 Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area 3 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award.

The award recognizes the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty and preceptors in dietetics education programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Laing will accept her award at the NDEP regional meeting in Louisville, Ky., in late March.

Area 3 encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

“I thoroughly enjoy teaching undergraduate and graduate students in our department, and receiving this award is a tremendous honor,” Laing said. “My teaching endeavors have centered on my role as a clinical nutrition researcher where I assist students with the development of research, communication and networking skills, creative thinking, and persistence in reaching their goals. A key piece to my professional happiness is clearly achieved by helping others flourish both in and out of the classroom.”

Former teaching assistants Zach Grunewald and Katie Norris wrote, “Dr. Laing is undoubtedly one of the most compassionate teachers we have worked with, and it was easy for us to see how much students benefited from this. She genuinely cares about all of her students, going above and beyond to help them succeed.”

Laing has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, Discover UGA, and the UGA Career Center.

To further highlight her effectiveness in the classroom, former student Natalie Tripp commented, “Dr. Laing is an extraordinary woman of remarkable intelligence, commitment to her students, and devotion to continued learning. Her classes are most often revered as the ideal teaching model among dietetics students at The University of Georgia.”

Laing has recently been nominated for the UGA Creative Teaching Award, the UGA Graduate School Faculty Diversity Award, and was named a recipient of the 2016 Super-Includer Diversity Award from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The mission of the NDEP is to advocate for and empower educators to lead the profession of nutrition and dietetics. 

As a result of their mission, the goals of NDEP are: to recognize educators and preceptors as leaders of the profession, support and advance nutrition and dietetic education programs, and support the purposes and goals of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

NDEP represents the large group of educators and preceptors to ACEND, CDR, Council on Future Practice, Board of Directors and other entities within and outside of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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