Brenda Bertrand, Ph.D., professor in the UAB School of Health Professions' Department of Nutrition Sciences and director of the nutrition science graduate program, is honored with a 2019 UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

For more than 20 years, Bertrand has been recognized by students as an outstanding dietetic and nutrition educator and adviser. One of her nominators said, "Dr. Bertrand is a treasure in our school, for her department and especially for her students, who are the real beneficiaries of her talent."

Her classroom excellence has not been missed by her colleagues either. In the UAB Reporter article about the honor, it says "of the nominating committee, three of the five members discovered they had each sought Bertrand’s advice on various teaching dilemmas during the past year."

Bertrand has worked to create new tracks, degrees and certificate programs in her school, including the master of public health/nutrition sciences dual-degree program. She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

She is also the winner of numerous honors over the past few years including, the 2019 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors; UAB Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation (CIPES) Scholar status in 2018; and the 2017 UAB Provost Award for Transformative Online Courses.