Dietetics faculty member Sherry Robison wins statewide honor

Sherry Robison, assistant professor and internship director for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Western Carolina University, was recently awarded the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award for 2014.

Sherry Robison

Sherry Robison

Candidates are selected based upon demonstrated innovative teaching skills, mentoring skills and leadership skills.

Robison was applauded for her “expansion of partnerships with the community and providing unique opportunities for student learning,” said Sherry Held, a former preceptor for the dietetic internship program at WCU.

Janette Hammett, a WCU alumna and the child nutrition director at Cherokee Central Schools, credited Robison for support she received to advance professionally. “I strongly believe that my pursuit of higher education and the drive to climb the professional ladder is due to Sherry’s mentorship and support she provided me during my term in the dietetic internship,” said Hammett.

Robison also is a leader in local food and Farm to School initiatives and an advocate for local, sustainable food systems.

“Sherry is an outstanding partner and a strong leader in the community as well as among dietetics across the country in implementing an innovative program that teaches nutrition and dietetics students and interns about local food, Farm to School and hands-on education,” said Amy Paxton-Aiken, who works with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.