Cheryl Achterberg

Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology

Cheryl Achterberg

College of Education and Human Ecology
Phone: 614-292-2461
Topics: nutritional development

Cheryl Achterberg, one of today's outstanding scholars in nutritional development, is the dean of The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology. She was appointed July 1, 2008.

A tenured professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, she recently was appointed to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She is one of only 13 experts who will advise the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services about proper nutrition Americans need to stay healthy and fit.

Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Achterberg was at Iowa State University, where she was the inaugural dean of the College of Human Sciences. Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty in 2005, Dr. Achterberg was on the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University, where she rose through the professional ranks, attaining tenure in 1991 and the rank of full professor in 1996. At Penn State, she also directed the Nutrition Center from 1992 to 1996 and, in 1997, became the founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College.

The author or co-author of numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles in the field of nutrition, Dr. Achterberg has also published widely in the area of higher education and research methodology and has delivered scores of invited lectures.

Her research has received significant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the March of Dimes, the National Dairy Council, the H. J. Heinz Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and Kraft-General Foods.

An award-winning teacher, she has taught nutrition at all levels of the university curriculum.

Dr. Achterberg has been an active program evaluator, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has served as a consultant to USAID/UNESCO, the National Dairy Council, and the Dairy Promotion Board of New Zealand, among others. She also has done considerable service as a member of national boards and committees of such groups as NASULGC, the Dannon Institute, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

She earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University, her master's in human development at the University of Maine, and a PhD in nutrition at Cornell University.

The College of Education and Human Ecology is ranked 10th among public universities and 16th among public and private institutions in the current US News & World Report graduate program guide. Approximately 200 full-time faculty members teach 3,600 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students enrolled in six academic units. The college and its six research centers received $27 million in external funding in 2008-2009. The 350 staff members include non-tenured researchers and instructors.

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