Peterman Receives SPHHS College Outstanding Teacher Award

April 14, 2014

Jerusha Nelson Peterman, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, has received the College Outstanding Teacher Award for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. The recipients will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement and at the School’s Senior Recognition Ceremony.

Dr. Peterman was cited for her impact on students and contributions to the teaching mission at the university. “In the classroom, I engage students through active learning and application activities to foster critical thinking. It is such a pleasure to work with the students, and to see their growth and development through the years at UMass Amherst. I feel very privileged to receive this award from a school with such a fine body of students.”

This past year, Dr. Peterman taught NUTR 597K (Culture, Nutrition, and Health), NUTR 577 (Nutritional Problems in the U.S.), and NUTR 210 (Scientific Principles of Food and Meal Management).

Dr. Peterman’s area of expertise is food security and nutrition education and intervention programs among immigrant populations. Much of her work focuses on the large population of Cambodian women living in Lowell, Massachusetts.