Excellence in Practice Awards

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Excellence in Practice Awards recognize outstanding registered dietitian nutritionists; nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered; and members who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in a specific area of practice. The awards are given in several practice categories, including Clinical Nutrition; Community Dietetics; Consultation and Business Practice; Dietetics Education; Dietetic Research; Dietetic Technician, Registered; Diversity Promotion; and Management Practice, to honor Academy members who have demonstrated exceptional performance, contributed to the advancement of practice, and been effective and inspiring leaders in nutrition-related organizations.

Qualifications

  1. A member of the Academy (minimum of 5 years in any category for Diversity Promotion).
  2. A registered dietitian nutritionist or a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (except for Diversity Promotion).
  3. Demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in excellence in the specific area of practice for which they are nominated.
  4. Exceptional performance in practice, contributions to the advancement of practice and leadership achievements in nutrition related organizations.
  5. Eligibility is limited to one (1) Excellence in Practice award per year.
  6. Eligible to receive an Excellence in Practice award at different points in one's career contingent that the award is in a different practice area.
  7. Note: Person submitting the nomination must be an active, practicing registered dietitian nutritionist or nutrition and dietetics technician, registered and a member of the Academy.

Scoring Criteria (for all awards except Dietetic Technician, Registered and Diversity Promotion)

  1. Exceptional performance in practice. (50 points total)
    1. Functions at a superior level in their area of practice and their performance consistently and substantially exceeds in quality (10 points)
    2. Has developed increased efficiency, productivity and/or effectiveness (individually or collaboratively) in job-related or volunteer-based endeavor (10 points)
    3. Has researched and offered practical results and outcomes and pioneered new techniques and/or methods (10 points)
    4. Teaches, educates and motivates students, professionals and/or the public and has been a mentor to nutrition and dietetics practitioners (10 points)
    5. Demonstrates leadership ability and skill to successfully manage projects, staff and/or programs (10 points)
  2. Contributions to the achievement of practice. (30 points total)
    1. Referred articles that are peer reviewed and appear in Journals or professional publications (first author) and authored manuals, books and/or documents that assist the nutrition and dietetics practitioner, student or the public in the area of nutrition and dietetics (primary author) (10 points)
    2. Presentations given at an advanced level, materials/information are presented in an innovative and creative method (consideration should be given to the audience and/or whether the nominee is the featured speaker and/or invited presenter) (10 points)
    3. Media topics are offered in a user-friendly manner and promote nutrition in a positive way, and have successfully reached a targeted audience (10 points)
  3. Leadership achievements in nutrition-related organizations. (20 points total)
    1. District (local), state and national Academy or affiliate offices held should demonstrate the nominee's dedication to the promotion of excellence in practice OR non-Academy elected or appointed offices held should show the nominee's advancement of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and promotion of nutrition, dietetics and foodservice (10 points)
    2. Honors and awards for professional achievements listed support the nominee's high level of professionalism and contribution to their area of practice (10 points)

Scoring Criteria for Dietetic Technician, Registered award

  1. Exceptional performance in practice. (60 points total)
    1. Functions at a superior level in DTR practice and their performance consistently and substantially exceeds in quality (12 points)
    2. Has developed increased efficiency, productivity and/or effectiveness (individually or collaboratively) in job-related or volunteer-based endeavor (12 points)
    3. Has offered practical results and outcomes and pioneered new techniques and/or methods (12 points)
    4. Teaches, educates and motivates students, professionals and/or the public and has been a mentor to DTRs and/or nutrition and dietetics practitioners (12 points)
    5. Demonstrates leadership ability and skill to successfully manage projects, staff and/or programs (12 points)
  2. Contributions to the achievement of practice. (30 points total)
    1. Presentations given at an advanced level, materials/information are presented in an innovative and creative method (consideration should be given to the audience and/or whether the nominee is the featured speaker and/or invited presenter) (15 points)
    2. Media topics are offered in a user-friendly manner and promote nutrition in a positive way, and have successfully reached a targeted audience (15 points)
  3. Leadership achievements in nutrition-related organizations. (10 points total)
    1. District (local), state and national Academy or affiliate offices held should demonstrate the nominee's dedication to the promotion of excellence in DTR practice OR non-Academy elected or appointed offices held should show the nominee's advancement of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and promotion of nutrition, dietetics and foodservice (5 points)
    2. Honors and awards for professional achievements listed support the nominee's high level of professionalism and contribution to their area of practice (5 points)

Scoring Criteria for Diversity Promotion award

  1. Exceptional performance in diversity. (50 points total)
    1. Plays a leading role in the profession of food, nutrition and dietetics as a change agent, adapting food, nutrition and dietetics environments and/or enhancing awareness of the need to promote diversity and cultural competence (10 points)
    2. Serves as a thought leader and recognized advocate for diversity and cultural competence. (10 points)
    3. Sets strategic direction, advances strategies, implements actions and demonstrates outcomes to ensure that goals related to diversity in the nutrition and dietetics profession are achieved. (10 points)
    4. Teaches, educates and motivates students, professionals and/or the public on diversity and/or has been a mentor to nutrition and dietetics practitioners of diverse backgrounds (10 points)
    5. Plays a leading role in advancing diversity and cultural competence efforts outside the work setting and outside the Academy, i.e. outside the national, affiliate, district and organizational unit arena. (10 points)
  2. Contributions to the achievement of diversity. (30 points total)
    1. Publications and authored manuals, books and/or documents that assist the nutrition and dietetics practitioner, student or the public in diversity. (10 points)
    2. Presentations on diversity given at an advanced level, materials/information are presented in an innovative and creative method (consideration should be given to the audience and/or whether the nominee is the featured speaker and/or invited presenter). (10 points)
    3. Media topics are offered in a user-friendly manner and promote diversity in a positive way, and have successfully reached a targeted audience. (10 points)
  3. Leadership achievements in nutrition and other health focused organizations. (20 points total)
    1. District (local), state and national Academy or affiliate offices held should demonstrate the nominee's dedication to the promotion of diversity in practice OR non-Academy elected or appointed offices held should show the nominee's advancement of diversity in nutrition and dietetics practitioners and promotion of diversity in nutrition, dietetics and foodservice. (10 points)
    2. Honors and awards for professional achievements listed support the nominee's high level of professionalism and contribution to diversity. (10 points)

Learn more on how to submit a nomination.

Past Recipients

Clinical Practice
Community Dietetics
Consultation and Business Practice
Dietetics Education
Dietetic Research
Dietetic Technician, Registered
Management Practice