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Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) -- Same name, even greater commitment

NDEP’s mission is to advocate for and empower educators to lead the profession of nutrition and dietetics.  As a result of their mission, the goals of NDEP are: to recognize educators and preceptors as leaders of the profession, support and advance nutrition and dietetic education programs, and support the purposes and goals of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  NDEP consists of over 1,100 educator and preceptor members with a decision-making body composed of 13 elected members and four appointed members known as the NDEP Council.  NDEP represents the large group of educators and preceptors to ACEND, CDR, Council on Future Practice, Board of Directors and other entities within and outside of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2016 Spring Area Meetings

All registration and lodging information will be available in December - January. 

Area 1 - March 13-15, 2016; Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Area 2/5 - March 31-April 1, 2016; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis, 5069 Sanderlin Ave, Memphis, TN

Area 3/4 - April 15 - April 16, 2016; Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

Area 6/7- April 21-22, 2016; Adam's Mark Buffalo, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY

2015-2016 NDEP Council Members

Regional Directors (even-numbered areas elected in even years and odd-numbered areas elected in odd years)

NDEP Geographic Areas:





Area 5:  IN,IL,KY, OH,TN,WV

Area 6:  MD,NC,VA,DE,PA

Area 7:  NJ,NYC,NY,ME,RI,MA,VT,CT,NH, International Members


2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award (ODEA)

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award (ODEA) is to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs. One educator can be selected from each of the four program types in each geographic area (a maximum of four awardees from each of the seven geographic areas for a total of 28).

In addition to publishing the list of outstanding educators in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NDEP-line, each awardee will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from the Academy President. Awards will be presented at the NDEP area meetings for educators.


  • Nominees must be a current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but are not required to be an NDEP member for consideration for this award.
  • Preceptors are not eligible for this award as there is a separate award given to Outstanding Preceptors.
  • Active NDEP Council members are not eligible for this award. For a listing of the current NDEP Council members go to www.ndepnet.org.
  • Previous ODEA winners cannot be nominated for the same program award again; however, they could be nominated for a different program award, if applicable.  

Criteria for Selection of Outstanding Educators

  1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. Faculty with academic appointments in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs:
    1. Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)
    2. Dietetic Internship (DI)
    3. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
    4. Dietetic Technician Program (DT)
  3. Demonstrated innovative teaching skills and techniques.
  4. Demonstrated mentoring of students.
  5. Demonstrated leadership; e.g., national, state, or district dietetic association activities, community service, honors received, scientific and professional presentations, publications, etc.

NOTE: This year there is a new process for these awards. 

Selection Procedure and Submission Dates

  1. Nominations from peers and/or students will be sent to the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) regional director in the corresponding geographic area by January 15, 2016. Each regional director will select no more than one educator for each type of dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT) in the area (maximum four).
  2. Each nomination application will be a single PDF that includes the ODEA Data Sheet, curriculum vitae (or resume), and three reference letters. Nominations must be sent electronically. Jpeg documents or individual documents will not be accepted. Additional materials beyond the requested materials (data sheet, CV, letters) will not be reviewed.
  3. The regional directors will form selection committees to review the nominations and select no more than one educator for each type of dietetic education program. This means there can be a maximum of four awardees per area for a total of 28 awardees a year. 
  4. Regional directors will request verification of Academy membership for each nominee with the Education Staff at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Non-members are not eligible for award.
  5. Direct any questions about the selection procedure and submission process to the respective regional director.
  6. NDEP regional directors will electronically forward the ODEA data sheets for each awardee to the Education Staff at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by February 16, 2016. Contact Academy Liaison at ndep@eatright.org.

Award Procedure

  1. Regional directors will notify the respective state affiliate for each awardee. Affiliates may wish to recognize nominees from their states at state meetings.
  2. Recipients will be recognized at the NDEP area meetings for each educators each spring. Awardees will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from the Academy president. The Academy Education Staff will print the award letters and certificates and bring them to the area meetings.
  3. The list of outstanding educator award recipients will be published in the spring issue of the NDEP-line and the September issue of the Journal.
  4. Recipients attending the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) the following autumn may pick up a ribbon for their badge at the ribbon booth near registration.

Submission Instructions

  1. Electronically send the entire application as a single PDF (ODEA Data Sheet, CV (resume), 3 reference letters) to the respective regional director.
  2. Direct any questions to the NDEP regional director in your area.
  3. The submission deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016.

Procedures and Forms for the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Awards

Criteria and Procedures

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award Data Sheet (MS Word version)

NDEP Regional Directors Contact Information

For questions, please contact ndep@eatright.org


2016 Outstanding Preceptor Awards - refer to www.eatrightacend.org/acend/preceptors



NDEP Portal and EML

This online portal is a communication and networking tool for the members of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Group.  The portal includes a message board, an electronic mailing list (EML), a resource library and calendars for all NDEP events.  Once becoming a member of the NDEP group, you are automatically a member of the portal.  There is no need to sign up!  You can visit the portal at http://ndep.webauthor.com to access all the features of the portal! 

Your user name and password are the same as your member ID and password that you use to log into the Academy’s eatright.org website.  If you do not remember your Academy user name and log in, please call Member Services at 800-877-1600 ext. 5000 and ask for your Academy user name and log in.   

This portal will be the main communication system between the NDEP leadership and the members through email blasts and messages. 

The old EML through the VA (VHALIT-DEP-L@www.LISTSERV.VA.GOV) is no longer in use.  You can use the EML by logging into the portal or by emailing ndep@ndep.webauthor.com.  You can, as an NDEP member, opt out or change settings of the EML by updating your settings under my profile once you have logged into the portal.  You can update your settings to receive "Real Time," "Daily Digest," or "No" EML messages. 

 If you have any questions regarding the EML please contact Ruth Johnston at johnstonruth@att.net or ndep@eatright.org




Below is a link to download the handout from Donald Balasa, JD, MBA, regarding National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and CDR, which was provided at the NDEP members meeting at FNCE on October 7, 2013.

NCCA Requirements and Legal Issues

NDEP Job Descriptions




PPW Social Media Article


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resource

What is the House of Delegates and why should I care about it?

  • Have you heard this question from students, members or non-members?
  • Have you ever wondered this very thing yourself?

If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then check out the newest AND resource. "AND's House of Delegates--What's IT All About?" is a 10-minute video designed to increase awareness and understanding of this important branch of the AND organization. The video provides an overview of the House of Delegates (HOD), its composition, functions, frequency of meeting, what happens during a HOD meeting and the outcome of a meeting. It is perfect for use in a classroom, district or affiliate meeting, DPG meeting or staff meeting to unravel mysteries of the HOD and how members can have their voices heard.

If you have any questions related to the House of Delegates (HOD), please contact Harold Holler at hholler@eatright.org or 800/877-1600, ext. 4896.