Jennifer Adkins Ernst wrote the first edition of Untangling the Nutrition Web in Career Development in 1996 while serving as the president of the board of the Metro DC Affiliate of the Society for Nutrition Education. The Affiliate had a career workshop for members that included a panel of nutritionists with a wide variety of careers. Jennifer was so struck by the variety that she designed a chart to illustrate the depth and breadth of possibilities in nutrition careers and the book grew from there.
Her own career has taken her into communities to teach nutrition, universities to teach college students, and schools to work with teenagers and teachers. After receiving her Master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, Jennifer worked for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (USDA), the Food and Nutrition Information Center (USDA), Montgomery College (MD) and as a consultant while raising three children. She joined American University as adjunct faculty where she developed and taught online classes for the Certification in Nutrition Education. As a scholar-in-residence, she developed a middle school nutrition education program and curriculum for low-income students and teachers called Community Voices for Health.
Since leaving AU, Jennifer earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org