Tracey Brigman, MS, RDN, LD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition. She teaches multiple courses within the departement, i.e., Food Priniciples, Quantity Food Production, Food Service Procurement and Financial Management, Human Nutrition and Food, and Managing School Nutrition Programs. She also teaches Culinary Institute I for the Department of Education. Tracey was the recipient of the prestigious Professor Recognition Award from the Student Governement Association (SGA) in 2016. She answers questions below about her background and career so far at UGA.
Where did you earn your degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA?
I received my B.S. in Dietetics (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.S. in Foods and Nutrition (University of Georgia), and am currently enrolled in the EdD program at UGA Gwinnett. My current responsibilities include teaching foods and food service classes, teaching a class for the School Nutrition Director Certification Program, and provide training sessions for School Nutrition Managers and Directors in Georgia.
When did you come to UGA and what brought you here?
I came to Georgia in 2005. I was the TA for some of the courses I am currently teaching. I was teaching at Life University, but when I saw the opportunity to come back to a program I loved, I jumped at the chance.
What are your favorite courses to teach and why?
One of my favorite courses to teach is FDNS 3600, Food Principles. It is a science of cooking course and it allows me to get to know the students on an individual level since there are approximately 20 students per lab. It is also fun to expose students to new foods and to compare foods made from scratch to their processed counterpart. I also like to teach FDNS 2100. There are always nutrition stories in the news and it is a great way to teach the students how to look at these stories with a critical eye.
What interests you about your field?
Everything! New foods come out all of the time. Nutrition is an ever changing field. It is difficulty to get bored.
What are some highlights of your career?
I was responsible for feeding every inmate in the state of Georgia at one point in time. This meant 34,000+ people at over 75 facilities.
What do you hope students gain from their classroom experience with you?
I try to give students the tools to make healthy decisions for themselves. There is no one perfect way to eat. If I educate the students on concepts, they can then determine what works for them in their life. I also hope that students can learn to enjoy cooking and trying new foods.
Describe your ideal student.
My ideal student is enthusiastic and eager to learn, and likes to participate in discussions.
What is your favorite place to be/activity to do on campus?
I really like being in the lab with my students.
What do you like to do beyond the UGA campus?
Watch my 2 kids play sports!
What is your proudest moment at UGA?
My proudest moment at UGA was when I received the Professor Recognition Award from the SGA in 2016.