Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD, LD, was named the Stata Norton Distinguished Teacher for 2014. The award was presented during the School of Health Professions Student Recognition Ceremony on May 17 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Students and faculty in the School of Health Professions vote to determine who will receive the award. Faculty members must demonstrate excellence in teaching and have made an outstanding contribution to their profession to be considered.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by students for doing something I truly love," says Goetz, who joined the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition faculty in 2009. "Reading the thoughtful comments regarding my teaching/mentoring was both rewarding and humbling and reaffirmed that students do value and respect the characteristics that I feel are so important to embody as an educator. To receive an award for something I love doing is a true gift for which I am grateful. "
After earning her bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Central Missouri in 2001, Goetz was hired in at KU Medical Center as a graduate research assistant. She received her master's degree in dietetics from the University of Kansas in 2003 and her doctorate in therapeutic science in 2008, while serving as a research associate in the dietetics and nutrition department.
Some of the highlights of Goetz's career at KU include being the program director for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance - the distance learning master's program - serving as assistant director of the KU Weight Management Program, and working on research to help improve the health and well-being of people with serious mental illness. Goetz teaches Interventions for the Prevention and Management of Obesity and Scientific Writing for the Nutritional Sciences.
Before receiving her doctorate, Goetz served as project coordinator or nutrition coordinator for 10 research grants, plus providing nutrition analysis for several others.
The School of Health Professions has honored the late Stata Norton over the past 28 years through this award. She was dean of the school from 1980 to 84, a member of the faculty of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and professor emeritus of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics in the School of Medicine.
Frank Gyamfi, who received his bachelor's degree in health information management, was awarded the School of Health Professions' James P. Cooney Leadership Award. Gyamfi, whose goal is to one day bring electronic health records to his native Ghana, was the school's banner carrier during KU's Commencement ceremony.