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FNS Faculty & Staff, September 2015


Ralphenia Pace, Department Head
Address: 208 Morrison-Mayberry Building
Phone: 334-727-8323
Fax: 334-727-8812
Position: Professor and Head, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Education: 1990 Licensed Dietitian (LD); 1984, Registered Dietitian (RD); Ph.D.1980, Nutritional Sciences, Auburn University

Adelia C. Bovell-Benjamin
Phone: 334-727-8717
Position:  Research Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences
Education:  Ph.D. Nutrition, Designated Emphasis: International Nutrition University of  California, Davis, 1998
Research Interests : International nutrition, lipid oxidation, food product development with emphasis on sensory science.  Nutritional, dietary and cancer prevention issues among African Americans.

Elaine Bromfield
Phone: 334-727-8906
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: PhD, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution; Minor in Student Personnel Administration, 2009
Research Interests: Food product development, Menu development
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (2)
Norma L. Dawkins
Phone: 334-727-8028
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., Food Science and Nutrition, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1994
Research Interests: Focused on product development and community nutrition with emphasis on indigenous and nontraditional foods and community nutrition interventions in the prevention of diet-related illnesses with focus on nutrition education and physical activity in reduction of risk factors for CVD and obesity, respectively.
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (12), Conference/Abstracts (34), Progress Reports (4), Evaluation Report (2)

Byungjin Min  
Phone: 334-727-8393
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Food Science and Human Nutrition, Ph.D., Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 2007.
Research Interests: Food Safety. Research emphasis is in the area of microbial contamination caused by foodborne pathogens in fresh produce as well as in processed foods. Shelf-life extension of foods through green packaging systems incorporated with biodegradable resources and natural antimicrobials or antioxidants. Other research area is bio-ethanol production.
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+), Conference proceedings/Abstracts (30+), Book Chapter (1)

Melissa Johnson
Phone: (334) 727-8625
Education: Tuskegee University, Ph.D. Integrative Biosciences, 2013
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Research Interest: Chronic disease prevention and health promotion, particularly among underserved and vulnerable individuals (i.e. culturally, economically, socially, etc.).  Dietary, physiological, social and cultural causes and consequences of cardiovascular and other chronic disease.  Health disparities.

Beatrice W. Phillips (Retired)
Phone: 334-727-8326
Position: Associate Professor of Dietetics; Director, Dietetics Program
Education: Ed.D., Adult Education (Nutrition Education), , Auburn University, Auburn, 1990
Research Interests: Food Choices- A stage-based intervention to increase fruits and vegetables in diets of young adults.
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+), Technic, al Presentations (25+), Technical Reports (1)


Angela Fells
204 Morrison-Mayberry Building
Position: Administrative Assistant, 204 Campbell Hall
Phone: 334-727-8162
Fax: 334-727-8812

Peter Gichuhi
Phone: 334-727-8668
Position: Research Associate
Research+: Food analysis.  Food processing and products development.  Food microbial stability.  Lab technical and analytical support to students in Food Science research projects/theses.  Setup/maintainance of Food Science lab and equipment.

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, 204 Morrison-Mayberry Building, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088 
Phone: 334-727-8162, Fax: 334-727-8812, E-mail: