Assistant professor of food and nutrition
Jeanna Haggard, who returned to her alma mater this year as an assistant professor of food and nutrition, was recently named the 2012-13 Adjunct Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges for her previous work at Rhodes State College in Lima.
The 1993 Bluffton graduate started teaching at Rhodes in 2008. Her dean nominated her for the award for developing a tutoring program and an exercise science curriculum.
Haggard created new tutoring programs for anatomy and nutrition at Rhodes, and wrote a curriculum for a new exercise science program that would articulate with a four-year school. Her exercise science work included organizing labs, field experiences and internships; creating a timeline for completion of the program; and developing credit hours and an advisory board.
Now at Bluffton, she is working with her sister-in-law, who is in charge of the local food pantry, to create a Thanksgiving meal and serve it at the pantry for those without kitchens. Students are responsible for recipes and on-campus preparation and cooking. If the Nov. 16 meal is successful, Haggard said she hopes it will become an annual event because it fits with Bluffton's food and nutrition curriculum.
The dietitian developed an interest in health care in high school and, as a Bluffton freshman, she honed in on nutrition while taking a Fundamentals in Nutrition course.
Haggard said she enjoyed the atmosphere of Bluffton's Christian-oriented campus as a student. And later, she added, she "kept coming back to the education field, so I applied to Bluffton right away" when a position became available this year.
She also continues to run an outpatient nutrition education program at Bluffton Hospital so students, she said, "can have hands-on access in the field."