Sauer is a professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University and co-director of the national Center for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs. Sauer specializes in administrative dietetics and has previous experience in health care and food and nutrition services, school nutrition and university dining.
His honors include Kansas State University’s Mary Ruth Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award; the K-State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award; and the Academy’s 2019 Mentoring Award and Outstanding Educator Award.
Sauer’s extensive service to the Academy includes former chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and CDR’s Examination Panel as well as the chair of the 2020 CDR RDN/NDTR Entry-Level Practice Audit. He was a director at-large on the Academy’s Board of Directors in 2017-2020 and served on the Council on Future Practice; House of Delegates Evolution Design Team; Council on Research; Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Council; Research Priorities and Development Task Force; Code of Ethics Revision Task Force and the Academy Foundation’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems collaborative.
Sauer served as the Academy’s president-elect in 2020-2021. Sauer earned undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Kansas State University.