Dietetic Career Spotlight: Jamie Daugherty MS, RD, CSSD, LD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on OCTOBER 24, 2012
A professor who teaches cooking classes, Jamie Daughtery knows how to educate others while enjoying and eating good food. – Sarah
Sarah: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Chef Jamie Daughtery: Before I knew the opportunities and growth within the field of nutrition and dietetics, I brought my knowledge from my “Introduction to Nutrition” class to the summer camp where I served as a head counselor. I stressed fruits and vegetables at each meal and my group of 10-11 year olds made it their motto in the dining hall that colorful plates were healthy plates. They filled their plates to the brim with fruits and vegetables. Concerned that they would be missing vital nutrition from proteins and complex carbohydrates, we revised the theme of our meals to half your plate should contain fruits and vegetables. I knew that teaching about nutrition and healthy eating could not be this easy, even if we were at summer camp. I did know that this experience began my drive and passion to educate others about fueling their bodies and mind with balanced nutrition and food that tasted good.
Your Job Title:
Company you are with now?
Johnson & Wales University
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Teaching a class in Culinary Nutrition or the Culinary Arts Program
Meeting with students
Volunteer activities with students or for the University
Preparing lesson plans for subsequent courses
Researching new hot topics
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I was employed with another university and wanted the opportunity to increase my teaching load. I came across my current position on a listserv and applied. After several phone interviews and a “bench test” I was hired and moved to Denver.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Born with – Positive attitude, strong work ethic, sense of humor
Along the way – Empathy, Listening skills, counseling skills and determination, to name a few
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Do not give up, play to your strengths, think beyond what you currently know; look at things from another angle or through another lenses. How can I get to the level or position I would like and figure out the steps to getting there. If Plan A or B doesn’t work out, try Plan C. If there is a will, there will certainly be a way.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Unlimited travel opportunities!! and having no mortgage would be nice:)