Cordeiro wins Distinguished Teacher Award

May 1, 2015

Lorraine Cordeiro, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, was chosen by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office as a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). The highly competitive award has been given for more than 50 years, and recognizes “exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level.” It is the only faculty award on campus that is given based upon student and alumni nominations.

Cordeiro received a plaque and $3,500 monetary award at the UMass Honors Dinner held in the Campus Center Auditorium on April 22. She will also be recognized at the SPHHS Senior Ceremony, and UMass Amherst Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements.

“Dr. Cordeiro is extremely passionate about teaching and going to class is something that I look forward to. I leave Dr. Cordeiro’s class inspired every single day and she absolutely deserves this award,” wrote one of her students in a nominating letter for the award.

“Lorraine Cordeiro is a gifted educator challenging her students to not only learn the principles of nutrition but guiding them to understand how nutrition impacts communities close to home and worlds away. In her Community Nutrition Course she gives students context and works to help them develop critical thinking skills giving them the tools to be able to go out and use their knowledge of nutrition to work in the community in a real life context,” said UMass Amherst Provost Katherine Newman in remarks delivered at the Awards Dinner.

Cordeiro received her Ph.D. from Tufts University, and her research focuses on household food security and adolescent nutritional health. She is currently investigating the associations between food security, food practices, and health risks among Cambodian women in Massachusetts.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences named Cordeiro the SPHHS College Outstanding Teacher in 2013, and she is also a past recipient of the UMass Amherst Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning faculty fellowship, and a co-recipient with former Nutrition faculty Jerusha Peterman of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell’s Distinguished Research Partnership Award.

 “Dr. Cordeiro believes in enabling others – teaching her students to synthesize information as an individual and within interdisciplinary contexts. Her classrooms are exceptionally engaging and demanding yet they allow students to feel comfortable expressing their ideas while critically discussing the pros, cons, and perceived public opinions of solutions to domestic and global health issues,” added Newman.