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Sauer appointed to pivotal dietetic group

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kevin SauerKevin Sauer, assistant professor in hospitality management and dietetics, has been appointed to a committee that will determine the way dietitians will be credentialed in the future.

He will serve on the Dietetic Practice Audit Committee of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The comprehensive audit is conducted nationally every 5 years to clarify and validate the full range of professional knowledge tasks and activities essential for entry-level practice in dietetics. Subsequent research initiatives may be planned to examine practice beyond entry level and at advanced levels.

Building a research foundation

Results provide foundational information for the development and validation of the examinations for the Registered Dietitian (RD) and Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credentials in addition to educational competencies established by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE).

“This is a very high-power committee,” noted Deborah Canter, head of HMD. “Dr. Sauer will work with the committee and a research consultant to design the survey method and instrument, approve the methods of survey distribution and data collection, and evaluate the resulting data for use.”

Surveying dietetics practices

With responsibilities in the areas of credentialing, education, and practice standards, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) have need of current, comprehensive information on dietetics practice. One response to this has been to periodically conduct empirical practice analyses to profile what dietitians and dietetic technicians actually do in practice.

Sauer, who is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian, will serve with 14 other educators and practitioners from around the country.

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, and is filed under Hospitality Management.