College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

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N&D Chair’s Update, Summer 2023

Department Chair Desiree Tande updates us on faculty positions, program updates, research activities, and collaboration efforts at the CNPD.

Brenna Swanson and Dr. Nathaniel Johnson
Brenna Swanson and Dr. Nathaniel (Thanny) Johnson joined the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (N&D) in full-time faculty positions fall semester 2022.

Brenna Swanson and Dr. Nathaniel (Thanny) Johnson joined the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (N&D) in full-time faculty positions fall semester of 2022. Brenna brings expertise in several areas, including health coaching/counseling and medical nutrition therapy, and Thanny brings expertise in several areas, including research methods, nutritional biochemistry, and rural food accessibility.

The Human Nutrition (formerly known as Community Nutrition) program will begin to be offered as a distance program fall semester of 2023, in addition to maintaining the campus-based program option. Our master’s program has led the way in online education, and our N&D faculty and staff team is eager to begin offering undergraduate students at a distance the opportunity to study nutrition at UND.

The Dietetics program is in the final stages of transition to graduate education for entry-level practitioners, with our last cohort of BSD students to sit for the RDN credentialing exam walking across the stage at Commencement on May 13, 2023. As of January 1, 2024, candidates for the national credentialing exam for registered dietitians will be required to have a graduate degree. In response to this change, UND offers a 5-year accelerated bachelor’s master’s (AMB) program. Our first cohort is scheduled to graduate with their MS degrees in May 2025 in preparation for the national exam. Recently, many of our BSD graduates have chosen to continue their education at UND by optionally pursuing their MS degrees. We are excited to continue to work with these students at UND to achieve their educational goals and facilitate opportunities for them to develop specialized knowledge and skills for dietetics practice.

Dr. Anne Bodensteiner
Dr. Anne Bodensteiner, Ph.D., R.D.N. Clinical Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Nutrition & Dietetics

Dr. Anne Bodensteiner became director of the new Health and Wellness Coach Certification (graduate, online) program and received her coaching certification (NBC-HWC) last fall. She most recently led a curriculum revision to the online MS in Nutrition program that will align with Certified Nutrition Specialist educational requirements and address updated North Dakota licensure requirements for dietitians and nutritionists.

Our research and grant writing activities have recently increased, with Thanny working on a collaborative grant with colleagues from NDSU to provide nutrition education to older adults living in remote locations. Danielle Villano is leading N&D’s grant-writing effort with colleagues in the college to increase resources and access for under-represented students, especially Indigenous populations, in nutrition programs at UND.

Erin Lauckner
Erin Laukner, M.S., R.D.N., L.R.D.
Clinical Instructor, Nutrition & Dietetics

Erin Lauckner began serving the University as an Inclusion Ambassador for the college this past fall and spearheaded the first-of-its-kind RDN Day event held on March 8th on campus. The event involved students, alumni, and faculty with various learning opportunities concurrently with a celebration of the profession enjoyed by all in attendance!

N&D recently recognized the success of our graduates, scholarship awardees, and student award recipients at the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) Banquet held on May 4th, recognizing their outstanding efforts in the classroom and to their communities and for the profession. We look forward to updates from our alumni, welcome campus visits, and invite opportunities to connect our current students with our alumni whenever possible through class, service, or social activities.

Mary Anna Carls (Department of Nutrition and Dietetics) and Jen Koller (College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines) have been instrumental in sharing the great work of our students, alumni, and faculty throughout the year via social media (join our LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram groups) and through our annual department newsletter.

We always enjoy welcoming alumni back to campus with Hailey Huspek (UND Foundation). Let us know if you would like to visit the campus, participate in a class as a guest speaker, or suggest other ways we can stay connected with you!

Have a wonderful summer season!

Desiree Tande

Desiree Tande
Desiree Tande, PhD, RDN, LRD, CLC Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director, Dietetics & Human Nutrition Programs




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