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Impact Lives

Experience Expert Instruction From Today's Leading Practitioners

Our faculty are accomplished researchers, outstanding educators and real-world practitioners with backgrounds in nutrition counseling, school-based obesity intervention programs, preventative healthcare and clinical dietetics. All full-time faculty are credentialed experts, all of whom have earned the highest degree in their field. They are published in peer-reviewed research publications, have received research grants and are active in professional organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Our distinguished faculty pride themselves on the individual attention and career mentoring they offer students.

Catherine Arnold

Catherine Arnold, Ed.D., M.S., RD, LDN

Department Chair and Professor, Nutrition

Arnold's research interests include Determining Predictors of Health Behavior Change, Educational Assessment and Nutrition Education Outcomes Research.


Bonnie Beezhold

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D., CHES

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Beezhold joined the faculty full-time in 2011. Previously, she held positions as Clinical Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Arizona State University and Regional Research Interviewer.


Sheila Campbell

Dr. Sheila Campbell, Ph.D., RD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Campbell is a registered dietitian.  She earned her PhD from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and her Master of Science degree in human nutrition and clinical dietetics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she also completed a dietetic internship.


Jan Dowell

Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., RD, CSSD

Instructor, Nutrition

Ms. Jan Dowell joined the Nutrition Department as an adjunct instructor in 2008.


Julie M. Moreschi

Julie M. Moreschi, M.S., RD, LDN

Dietetic Internship Director

Ms. Julie Moreschi joined the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. In 1997 she was hired as the Dietetic Internship Director.


Teresa Pangan

Dr. Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D.N.

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Teresa Pangan, PhD, RDN has launched ventures all throughout her career combining her passion for uncovering the brilliance in people and knack for business skills.


Karen Plawecki

Karen Plawecki, Ph.D., RD, L.DN

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Dr. Karen Plawecki joined the faculty full-time in 2012. Recently, she was the Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Illinois, Champaign.


Jodie Shield

Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.

Adjunct Professor

Jodie Shield joined the Nutrition Department as an adjunct instructor in 2013. She is currently President of Healthy Eating For Families, Inc.