Welcome to ACES

Welcome to ACES

Jun 18
Robert Hauser, Dean of the College of ACES

It is my pleasure to announce two new department heads in the College of ACES. Dr. Sharon (“Shelly”) M. Nickols-Richardson begins her tenure as Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition on July 1. She will also hold a tenured appointment as Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She comes to us from the Pennsylvania State University where she is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences and heads the graduate program in this area. She began her career as a Registered Dietician, serving as a clinical dietician and, later, chief of dietetic services at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, MO. She then earned her doctorate at the University of Georgia before launching her professorial career at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Dr. Nickols-Richardson is best known for her research on life span nutrition, bone health and nutritional assessment and therapy and is currently leading a multi-million dollar grant sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) aimed at preventing childhood obesity. Her publication record and supervision of graduate research is outstanding. She has served as associate editor for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has long been an active contributor to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and held the role of President. She is a model educator and in 2006 was awarded the Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.  
Dr. Susan Silverberg Koerner begins her tenure as Head of the Department of Human and Community Development, effective August 16. She is currently the Fitch Nesbitt Professor in the Division of Family Studies and Human Development in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. She also serves as the Director of the Graduate Studies for that unit.

After receiving her Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Berlin, Germany, at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Her career at the University of Arizona began in 1990 as an assistant professor. She is best known for her research on parent-adolescent relationships, and the emotional and physical stress among family caregivers to those who are aging or ill (both Hispanic and non-Hispanic families). Her publication record and supervision of graduate research is outstanding. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Family Relations and the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and is the reviewer for many scholarly journals.

We are delighted that they will be joining the ACES family and look forward to their leadership in our college.