Dr. Elaine Molaison, associate professor and program director in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Dannon Institute Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute.
The conference, set for June 6-10 in Geneva, Ill., is designed to define and support the 21st Century leadership needs within the academic discipline of nutrition for faculty who completed their terminal degree training 10-20 years ago.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be selected by the Dannon Institute, which is committed to the advancement of nutrition and research,” said Molaison, who has been a member of the Southern Miss faculty for six years. “Working with this group will help to assure the next generation of nutrition leaders and researchers will have the skills and confidence to keep nutrition and the professions that support this science on the cutting edge of knowledge and technology.”
The Leadership Institute consists of an intensive training program designed to provide an opportunity for participants to determine desirable characteristics of senior leaders and explore personal fits for the roles of department chair, division chief and similar roles in academic nutrition departments and schools.
The Dannon Institute is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of nutrition. The Dannon Institute’s mission is to encourage and support research and education on the relationship between nutrition and health throughout all stages of life.
Molaison applies much the same philosophy to her role as a higher education instructor in the field of nutrition. “As a Registered Dietitian and a nutrition educator, I have a strong commitment to the profession of nutrition and dietetics,” she said. “I truly want to see this field continue to grow and have strong, competent people in positions of leadership that constantly strive to advance the profession.”
For more information about the Dannon Institute visit www.dannon-institute.org/. To learn more about the Southern Miss Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, visit www.usm.edu/nfs/
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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