Nutrition faculty member named fellow
"This designation recognizes Dr. Sharman's commitment to the field of dietetics and celebrates her professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning, "said FAND in a news release.
A fellow signifies that a member has lived up to the academy's values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility.
FAND recognizes academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition.
"Being recognized by our academy is a true honor. It represents one of the most rewarding acknowledgements of one's accomplishments and contribution to the profession, and is valued by dietetic professionals all over the world," Sharman said. "I am deeply honored and humbled by this award and look forward to making more contributions to the growing field of nutrition and dietetics."
Sharman, a registered dietitian, has a Ph.D. in foods and nutrition from Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India and a master's in business administration from Aspen University. Her professional experiences include working in the industry as a clinical dietitian and a public health nutritionist.
In academia, Sharman has served as director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and an instructor for Medical Nutrition Therapy. At Radford University, she teaches nutrition assessment, nutrition in life cycle and community and cultural nutrition.
Sharman is a program reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Virginia Dietetic Association, Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network, and two dietetics practice groups: Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and Vegetarian Nutrition.
Sharman has volunteered much of her time mentoring students in the nutrition industry and academia, and helping local communities by providing nutritional screenings, education and resources.
She has contributed scholarly work to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing body of the academy. In addition, Sharman is involved with reviewing the national nutrition and dietetics educational programs for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the academy.