Carrie Hamady named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

1518106849853Carrie Hamady, lecturer and program coordinator in food and nutrition in the College of Health and Human Services at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), has been named as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). Fellows are Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition.

BGSU colleague and Academy Fellow, Mary-Jon Ludy, associate professor and interim chair in the Department of Public and Allied Health, wholeheartedly endorsed Hamady’s candidacy through the Ohio Academy, stating “Carrie’s contributions exemplify a devotion to the nutrition profession.” Ludy shared the numerous accomplishments achieved by Hamady as a Registered Dietitian for over 25 years, serving in numerous capacities including academia, clinical practice and leadership. 

As a member of BGSU faculty for 19 years, Hamady has been the director of the undergraduate didactic program for 10 years. In 2018, she received Outstanding Dietetics Educator Awards from both Ohio and Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics’ North Central Region. At BGSU, Hamady has been honored with the Faculty Excellence Award for community-based teaching, the Faculty Appreciation Award from the Department of Athletics, and Advisor of the Month Award from the National Residence Hall Honorary. Also within BGSU, she was awarded a $23,000 grant focused on “Promoting Active Learning with Technology Across the Undergraduate Dietetics Curriculum.”  

“Carrie has received many accolades for her pedagogy and service, so the FAND designation is much deserved given her career-long commitment to her discipline,” said Jim Ciesla, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “It is one of the highest honors in her field.”

Hamady has presented on teaching innovations including the informatics, mentoring, and social media at diverse national (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE); Experimental Biology; Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Symposium) and regional (Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ohio Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors) conferences, as well as campus venues. Her first-authored “Using Twitter to Enhance Engagement in Undergraduate Nutrition Courses” poster won best “Innovation in Dietetics Education” at FNCE. This was subsequently profiled in the Academy’s “Submitting a FNCE Poster Abstract: Strategies for Success Webinar.” Similarly, Hamady’s FNCE session “Engaging Millennials: Creative Approaches in Dietetics Education” was profiled in a Today’s Dietitian “Education: Engage Millennials in the Classroom.” In the past 5 years, she has provided the opportunity for eight graduate students and four undergraduate students to present their work nationally.

Hamady has also published in a number of professional journals and newsletters including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Future Dimensions in Clinical Nutrition Practice (the quarterly newsletter of the Clinical Nutrition Management Dietetic Practice Group) to name a few. Publications have included four graduate students and one undergraduate student co-author.

Hamady began her dietetics career as a clinical nutrition consultant in 1994. She has held diverse roles in long-term care, sports nutrition and behavioral health. Even within her academic role, she continues to consult as a way to “stay current” and provide “real world” patient examples to her students. 

Hamady is heavily involved in Academy-related activities. At the national level, she serves as chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee, group leader of the Nutrition Care Process and Research Outcomes Committee ANDHII Workgroup, and planning committee member for the Informatics Dietetic Practice Group. At the state level, she is co-chair of the Ohio Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, membership chair for the Ohio Academy, and member of the Ohio Academy’s Annual Conference Planning Committee.