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Kelly Abdelmassih Lecturer

Ph.D., Hospitality Management, Iowa State University 2015
M.S., Foodservice & Lodging Management, Iowa State University 2011
M.S., Dietetics, Iowa State University 2009

Dr. Kelly Abdelmassih is a food and nutrition professional with 20 years of experience spanning both operational and clinical positions. These professional experiences have influenced her academic career in the fields of dietetics and hospitality management, with a focus on foodservice management.

Dr. Abdelmassih has taught various courses in hospitality and dietetics at Iowa State University, New York University, and the University of Alabama. She is passionate about connecting with students in the classroom and online, as well as facilitating experiential learning opportunities.

She teaches several courses here at UNL, just to name a few: 

  • HRTM 171 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • HRTM 274 Introduction to Food and Beverage in the Hospitality Industry
  • HRTM 285 Introduction to The Lodging Industry
  • NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • NUTR 875 Applied Dietetics Practice and Concepts

While teaching is her academic emphasis, she has conducted various research projects and published manuscripts on topics related to food allergy accommodation, food safety, nutrition labeling, as well as diversity and inclusion efforts in food service operations. Dr. Abdelmassih brings research and industry experiences to her instruction that create an inspiring learning environment in which relevant, practical, and evidence-based content can be understood and applied by tomorrow's professionals.

Certified Dietary Manager
Clinical Nutrition
ServSafe Certification
Quantity Food Production Management and Practicum
Introduction to Nutrition
Nutrition for Culinary Professionals
Food and Beverage Services
Foodservice Systems Management
Culinary Arts
Menu Planning and Production 

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2014 Foodservice Systems Management Education Council Research Grant presented by the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council ($1,963.20)2014 Graduate Minority Assistantship Program Research Symposium Social Sciences Poster Presentation Award2012 ISU Teaching Excellence Award2011 ISU Teaching Excellence Award2010 Allene Vaden Memorial Research Grant in Foodservice presented by the American Dietetic Association Foundation ($5,000)
2012-Present, National Association of College and University Food Services2010-Present, Foodservice Systems Management Education Council2008-Present, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics