Sauer is an associate professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University and co-director of the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs. He specializes in management of food and nutrition services and previously worked in health care foodservice, child and school nutrition, college and university dining and corporate foodservice.
He has received numerous teaching and research awards including the K-State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019); the Inaugural Mentoring Award from the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2019); the Dawley-Scholer Award for Excellence in Student Development (2018); Mary Ruth Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award (2016, 2018); Commerce Bank Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (2013); and the K-State Excellence in Engagement Award (2013). He received the 2015 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award from the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Sauer is a past chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and past chair of CDR's Examination Panel. He is a member of the School Nutrition Association Governing Council and the Kansas Department of Education's Child Nutrition and Wellness Advisory Committee.
Sauer attended Dodge City Community College and received undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Kansas State University.