Mary Ann Johnson

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Mary Ann Johnson J.S. Tinstman Professor, Department Chair

B.A., Chemistry, University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison

As professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mary Ann mentors faculty and staff at all career stages to reach their goals in research, teaching, Extension, and outreach.

UNL's chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) seeks to improve the research environment for women and all members of the UNL community. It is here that Mary Ann serves on the Steering Committee. (2020-2022). 

Additionally, she is active with the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) including the Nominations Committee for the Board of Directors, the Fellows Selection Committee, as well as the Strategic Planning Committee (2022). With ASN, she also served as President from 2017-2018. 

On behalf of the Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs (ANDP), Mary Ann serves on the Board of Directors, as Chair-elect (2021), Chair (2022), and Past-chair (2023). ANDP collaborates with other educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, and industry regarding common interests of academic nutrition units in higher education in the US. More than 65 organizations are currently members of ANDP.  

During her time at the University of Georgia, Mary Ann’s academic career focused on aging, nutrition and chronic disease self-management, and training students and health professionals in food and nutrition policies to ensure access to affordable, safe, and wholesome foods. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Research and outreach expertise with focus on aging, nutrition, and health promotion in community settings
  • Taught food and nutrition policy, nutrition, obesity and chronic diseases, and proposal writing at the University of Georgia

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2023: Class of Fellows, American Society for Nutrition2023-2025: Board of Trustees, American Society for Nutrition Foundation2018-2019: Past-President, American Society for Nutrition2018: FACS100, UGA, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association2017-2018: President, American Society for Nutrition2014: Creswell Award, UGA, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association2010: Foods and Nutrition Teacher of the Year, UGA2010: Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Research Award, UGA2008-Present: American Society for Nutrition, National Spokesperson, Inaugural Class2008: Outreach Award, Family and Consumer Sciences2007: Research Award, Georgia Diabetes Coalition2002: Sabbatical, German Center for Research on Aging, Heidelberg, August - December2002-2003: Co-Host for Study in a Second Discipline - Dr. Albert R. DeChicchis, University of Georgia2000-2018: Teaching Academy, UGA, invited1998-1999: Host for Study in a Second Discipline - Dr. Robert J. Nozza, UGA1998-1999: Senior Teaching Fellow, Office of Instructional Support & Development, UGA1997: Foods and Nutrition Teacher of the Year, UGA1994: Mead Johnson Award, American Institute of Nutrition/American Society for Nutrition1993: Gamma Sigma Delta Junior Faculty Research Award, UGA, 1993: Honorary Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, UGA1989-1991: Future Leaders Award, International Life Sciences Institute - Nutrition Foundation1989: Lilly Teaching Mentor, UGA1984-1985: Lilly Teaching Fellow, UGA1982-1983: Knapp Fellowship, University of Wisconsin1979: Chemistry Department Service Award, University of Northern Iowa1978: National Science Foundation Fellowship
August 2018-Present: Jean Sundell Tinstman Professor of Nutrition and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska Lincoln2008-2018: Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia1995-2018: Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia2017-2018: Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management2015-2017: Interim and Associate Director, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia1995-2015: Graduate Coordinator, Dept. Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia1988-1994: Associate Professor, Dept. Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia1983-1988: Assistant Professor, Dept. Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
American Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsAmerican Society for NutritionGerontological Society of AmericaInstitute of Food Technologists