The Division of Nutritional Sciences was fortunate to acquire new Teaching & Research Fellows for this academic year. In seeking the right fit for these roles, we looked for people with an interest in developing skills and experience in university teaching and research in preparation for an academic career. These positions started on July 1, 2019 and will be for a two-year period.

eunice awuah

Eunice Awuah, PhD; Teaching and Research Fellow

Academic Background: B.A. in Systems Neuroscience from John Hopkins University; Ph.D. in Molecular Nutrition from Cornell University



deena thomas

Deena Thomas, PhD; Teaching and Research Fellow

Academic Background: B.S. in Biochemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI; MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, MI; Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, MI

Ezra Mutai, PhD joined the Division on November 1, 2019 as a Teaching and Research Fellow.

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from Livingstone College, Salisbury NC; M.S in Food Science from Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

DNS Fellows devote 65% of their full-time effort supporting the DNS undergraduate curriculum in the areas of nutrition and public health, nutrition and global health, and epidemiology; 10% to professional development in teaching; and 25% to research through an affiliation with a DNS faculty member.  They also provide teaching support for NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition and NS 1600 Introduction to Public Health.

DNS Fellows gain mentored teaching experience by participating in instruction and administration for one to two courses each term.  Responsibilities include contributing to course content, assisting enrolled students through office hours and other communications, grading, delivering lectures, maintaining materials in Cornell’s learning management system, overseeing graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, and overall administration of courses.  

DNS Fellows benefit from formal training in teaching, learning, and advising. Fellows participate in DNS advising workshops and in courses, certificate programs, and institutes offered by Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI).

DNS Fellows also pursue research in close collaboration with a DNS faculty mentor, gaining experience in areas such as experimental design and conduct, analysis and evaluation, funding application development, and dissemination of experimental results.

Our new Fellows have a record in research, teaching and service that has prepared them to contribute to Cornell’s commitment to diversity and can support our growing diverse student body through advising and inclusive teaching approaches.