The Essential Text for Students Considering a Career in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Profession of Dietetics: A Team Approach offers students a complete toolbox of resources for beginning a career in nutrition and dietetics. The text’s student-centered approach focuses on concrete steps for navigating the highly competitive and often complex steps to personal and professional success in the field. The Profession of Dietetics includes a comprehensive history of the profession, a thorough examination of credentialing and educational requirements, and an analysis of the profession’s future. This revised and updated edition includes new sections on distance internships as well as updated information on environmental changes and trends.
The Fifth Edition incorporates the name change from The American Dietetic Association to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and introduces important units within the Academy. The text also covers the new 2012 Standards of Education for dietetics programs that were introduced by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a unit within the Academy.
This revision also includes new sections on Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs), the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and Computer Matching.
Key features include:
• An emphasis on teamwork and a team-centered approach
• Updated references to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
• A chapter dedicated to discussing the Core Knowledge and Core Performance requirements which must be met by accredited programs
• Photos and graphics that bring the text to life
• Profiles of real-life nutrition and dietetics professionals who are making a difference in the field
• Extensive practical information on portfolios, resumes, interviewing skills, and transitioning from student to professional
• Suggested activities at the end of every chapter allow students to explore topics further and pursue self-directed study
• List of web-based resources for further study
Table of Contents
Part I The Past
Chapter 1 The Profession Is Born
Part II The Present
Chapter 2 The Dietetics Profession
Chapter 3 Joining Together: The Team Approach
Chapter 4 Beginning Your Path to Success in Dietetics
Part III Preparing for Practice
Chapter 5 Dietetics Education and Training
Chapter 6 The Supervised Practice Experience
Chapter 7 Credentialing
Part IV Professional Organizations
Chapter 8 Why Join a Professional Association?
Part V The Future
Chapter 9 Trends, Predictions, and Your Future
Chapter 10 Crossing the Bridge: From Student to Professional
Appendix Commonly Used Acronyms in the Dietetics Professions
About the Authors
June R. Payne-Palacio, PhD, RD-Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University
Dr. Palacio graduated from U.C. Berkeley, did her dietetic internship at Mills College, and received her doctorate from Kansas State University. Always an advocate for professional association involvement, her own past activities include serving as president of both the Hawaii and California Dietetic Associations, delegate to the ADA House of Delegates from both Hawaii and California, a member of CADE and the RD exam writing panel, and she has served on numerous other state and national committees.
Following a successful career in several areas of dietetic practice, Dr. Palacio began teaching immediately after her internship at Mills College by staying on the internship faculty. A move to Hawaii found her teaching at Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii. With her doctorate she began fulltime teaching at Cal State-L.A. and then Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. At Pepperdine she held the Flora Laney Thornton Endowed Chair in Nutritional Science, was Assistant Dean of Teaching, and founded the Center for Teaching Excellence. She recently retired as Professor Emeritus from Pepperdine.
Deborah D. Canter, PhD, RD, LD-Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Deborah Canter, PhD, RD, LD is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics at Kansas State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1977. She has served in numerous capacities within the American Dietetic Association including national secretary for the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Practice Group and 4 years on the ADA Board of Directors as Chair-Elect and Chair of both the Council on Education and the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Her newest position of service is as a member of the Board of Director’s Education Committee, a group which provides leadership for the future of dietetics education.
Widely recognized as an excellent teacher and speaker, Dr. Canter was the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's Medallion Award in 2002 and the ADA Foundation Award for Excellence in Practice in Dietetics Education in 1997. She was also recognized in 1991 as the Professor of the Year for Kansas by the Carnegie Foundation’s Council for the Advancement and Support for Education (CASE).
Dr. Canter received her B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with food systems management as her area of interest and expertise.