Faculty Grant Spotlight: Caryn Hufford

Several Trocaire College faculty received Faculty Initiative Grants for the Spring 2018 semester. This small stipend is to be used to promote initiatives and innovation in the classroom that will enhance student learning, engagement, and retention.

We will highlight one faculty member per week on the Trocaire Trailblazer blog to highlight this important and exciting work and give a glimpse into what our hard-working faculty members have planned for their classrooms.


Caryn Hufford, MS, RD, CDN

I like to seek out hands-on methods for teaching students, and help make the connection from what they are learning at school to situations that may be encountered in their future careers.

 

Courses taught:

I’ve taught:

  • DT 101, Foundations of Nutrition
  • DT 103, Intro to the Nutrition Care Process
  • DT 202 and 206, Supervised Practice I and II
  • DT 204 and 208, Foodservice Management and Operations I and II
  • DT 203, Nutrition Education
  • DT 207, Seminar in Dietetics

 

Faculty Initiative Grant project:

This project will use Moodle to create online modules containing the coursework, materials, and forms required for the Supervised Practice course in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. Students in the course will also develop a professional e-portfolio using different types of media that will highlight their work, such as presentations, handouts developed, menus designed, and more.

 

What do you hope to gain from the project?

I hope to promote improved organization of course materials, enhance student learning and their ability to use new tools, and provide an opportunity to improve student capability to effectively and appropriately use technology.

 

More about Caryn:

 

Education:

Master’s of Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dietetic Internship

  • Northern Illinois University

Certificate, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Oregon State University

Bachelor’s of Arts, Geography

  • SUNY Albany

 

Time at Trocaire:

3 years

 

Teaching Philosophy:

I like to seek out hands-on methods for teaching students, and give real-world examples of course content to help students make the connection from what they are learning at school to situations that may be encountered in their future careers.

 

Research/academic Interests:

I’m interested in the differences in learning styles of different generations. Having gone through college myself when there was little internet usage and we hand-wrote all our notes, to an age where technology is prevalent, I’m interested in learning how to incorporate newer strategies with more traditional learning methods.