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Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences

Faculty & Staff

FNS Faculty & Staff, September 2015

FACULTY

RALPHENIA PACE, Department Head
Address: 208 Morrison-Mayberry Building
E-mail:   gherdp@mytu.tuskegee.edu
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
E-mail: abovellbenjamin@tuskegee.edu 
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
E-mail:  bromfie@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8906
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: PhD. Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution; Minor in Student Personnel Administration,  Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2009
Research Interests: Food product development, Menu development
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (2)
 
NORMA L. DAWKINS
E-mail:  ndawkins@mytu.tuskegee.edu
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) 

MELISSA JOHNSON
E-mail: mjohnson@mytu.tuskegee.edu 
Phone: (334) 727-8625 
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences 
Education: Ph.D. Integrative Biosciences, Tuskegee University, 2013
Research Interests: 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 

BYUNGJIN MIN  
E-mail: bmin@tuskegee.edu 
Phone: 334-727-8393, Office: 200D Campbell Hall
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D.  Food Technology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 2007
Research Interests: Food Safety and Sustainable Packaging. Control of microbial contamination caused by foodborne pathogens in fresh produce as well as in processed foods. Shelf-life extension of foods by bio-active packaging systems incorporated with various components such as biodegradable materials, nano-sized materials, natural antimicrobials and functional ingredients.
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+), Conference proceedings/Abstracts (30+), Book Chapter (4)  

BARRETT T. VAUGHAN
Email: btvaughan@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8527
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2002
Research Interests: Food safety, Food processing technology
Publications: Refereed Journal Articles (10+)

BEATRICE W. PHILLIPS (Retired)
E-mail:  ghebwp@mytu.tuskegee.edu
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)

STAFF

ANGELA FELLS
Address: 204 Morrison-Mayberry Building
Position: Administrative Assistant, 204 Campbell Hall
E-mail: afells@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8162
Fax: 334-727-8812

PETER GICHUHI
E-mail: pgichuhi@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8668
Position: Research Associate
Education: M.S., Food Science, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Research (+): Food analysis.  Food processing and products development.  Food shelf life/microbial stability.  Lab technical/analytical support to students in Food Science research projects/theses.  Setup/maintainance of Food Science lab/equipment