Tammy Stephenson

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

tammy.stephenson@uky.edu
Phone (859) 257-2353
Fax (859) 257-3707

Dietetics and Human Nutrition
121 Funkhouser Building
Lexington KY 40506

Professional Profile

Dr. Stephenson has been on faculty in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition for sixteen years.  After serving several years as a Senior Lecturer, she is currently in an Assistant Professor position. In that role she teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in dietetics and human nutrition.  Courses include Human Nutrition and Wellness, Introductory Nutrition, Experimental Foods, Nutrition Issues in Physical Activity, Research and Writing in Dietetics, and Advanced Nutrition.  In addition to those major specific courses, Dr. Stephenson has also been an Instructor for UK 101: Academic Orientation for many years and has a keen interest in helping students to excel at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Stephenson has mentored over 100 undergraduate nutrition-related research projects.

Professor Stephenson serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition (500+ students in those majors).  As well, she is the faculty advisor for the Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association (SDNA), the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) and the UK chapter of Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG).  Dr. Stephenson is involved in numerous community outreach opportunities and includes service learning as an integral component of many of the courses she teaches. 

Dr. Stephenson is the co-author of the introductory nutrition textbook Human Nutrition: Science for Healthy Living (McGraw-Hill Publishing).  In addition to the print textbook, she serves as the Lead Digital Author for the online adaptive digital learning activities, including LearnSmart and Connect.  Dr. Stephenson has an interest in writing and presenting on topics related to innovative approaches to teaching, learning-centered teaching, service learning, and effective use of technology in the classroom.

Dr. Stephenson is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (NEHP), and the North American Association of Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).  She served as Chair of the Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (NEHP) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently serving that organization as the co-newsletter editor. 

Dr. Stephenson has received several awards for recognition of excellence in teaching and undergraduate mentoring.  These include the University of Kentucky Provost Outstanding Teaching Award (2014), University of Kentucky Outstanding Faculty Partner through the Division of Student Affairs (2015), NACTA Teaching Award of Merit (2015), Kentucky Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Outstanding Educator Award (2014), Bob Hough Teaching Tip Award from the NACTA Journal (2015), University of Kentucky College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and the Gamma Sigma Delta Master Teacher Award (2012).  Dr. Stephenson has also been recognized by the UK College of Education as a "Teacher Who Makes A Difference” and has been nominated by the University of Kentucky for the USDA NIFA National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food & Agricultural Sciences and for the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education Acorn Award. 

As Albert Einstein wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  Dr. Stephenson strives to do this on a daily basis with each of her students.

Course Instruction

  • DHN 101 - Human Nutrition and Wellness
  • DHN 212 - Introductory Nutrition
  • DHN 315 - Nutrition Issues in Physical Activity
  • DHN 374 - Research and Writing in Dietetics
  • DHN 510 - Advanced Nutrition

Research

  • Innovative teaching in higher education
  • Learner-centered approaches to teaching
  • Service learning in higher education
  • Effective use of technology in teaching

Education

Ph.D. University of Kentucky Nutritional Sciences

B.S. University of Kentucky Food Science and Human Nutrition

Areas of Interest

Academics, Research