University Communications

Laura Frank named Outstanding Dietetic Educator

Immaculata University professor and chair of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., of Elkins Park, PA, was named the Outstanding Dietetic Educator for a Didactic Program in Dietetics for the mid-Atlantic region by the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accompanying Frank to the award presentation was former student, Jeanie Subach ’84, ’89 M.A., who is currently a full-time faculty member of West Chester University. Subach had written a letter of support for the award nomination, as had former student Constance Thompson ’12 and current graduate student Joy Saudargas.

The group that recognized Frank as the Outstanding Dietetic Educator represents dietetics professionals who teach and mentor students who are fulfilling the academic and internship requirements for becoming registered dietitians.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is also the accrediting organization for Immaculata’s Nutrition and Dietetics programs.

In addition to this award, Frank has also been awarded Outstanding Dietetic Educator for a Dietetic Internship by the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.

Earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s and doctoral degree from Temple University, Frank is also a registered/licensed dietitian, a PA-licensed psychologist, and a certified rehabilitation counselor. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a number of its practice groups, and the PA and Philadelphia Dietetics Associations.  Frank has been a full-time faculty member at Immaculata University since 1998.

“There is nothing that could make me happier than being recognized for excellence as an educator and mentor—that is my life’s work.  It’s even better receiving these awards surrounded by my students who are also being recognized for their own achievements.  Certainly, the academic excellence of Immaculata’s faculty, students, and programs is on full display,” commented Frank regarding these awards.

Immaculata’s Nutrition and Dietetics program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a dietetic internship.