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. He specializes in administrative dietetics and has previous experience in health care food and nutrition services, school nutrition and university dining.
Sauer is an accomplished educator and researcher, receiving the K-State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Dawley-Scholer Award for Excellence in Student Development; the Mary Ruth Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award; the Commerce Bank Award for Outstanding Teaching; and the University’s Excellence in Engagement Award. He received the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2015 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award, the 2019 Mentoring Award and the Outstanding Educator Award.
A Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sauer's extensive service to the Academy includes past chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration; past chair of CDR's Examination Panel; and chair of the 2020 CDR RDN/NDTR Entry-Level Practice Audit. He was a director at-large on the 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 will serve as the Academy's president in 2021-2022.
He attended Dodge City Community College and received undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Kansas State University.