Patricia H. Terry
Professor and Food Labs Director
School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Office: CHS Building 1 1607
Phone: 205-726-2930
Patricia H. Terry has had a long, illustrious career in the nutrition field, including her current positing chairing Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. But she has also made a huge impact on the world in other ways. “In the summer of 1972, I dug up an intact perfume juglet from the 8th century BC on a dig with Professor Yohanan Aharon in Be’er Sheva, Israel, that was put in the museum there,” she said. As amazing as that find was, it still pales in comparison to Terry’s experiences at Samford where she also serves as a professor in nutrition and dietetics. She has enjoyed “seeing so many wonderful graduates become leaders in the professions of food, nutrition and dietetics.”

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
  • M.S., The University of Alabama
  • Dietetic Internship, Baylor University Medical Center
  • B.S., The University of Alabama

Awards and Honors

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Fellow, 2014
  • Samford Greek Life Faculty Adviser of the Year, 2012
  • Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education Spirituality Award, 2012
  • American Dietetic Association Outstanding Educator, DPD, 2011
  • Alabama Dietetic Association Outstanding Educator, DPD, 2011
  • District Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietitian, 1998 and 2009
  • Who’s Who in America, 2007
  • Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award, College of Human Environmental Sciences, The University of Alabama, 1994


  • American Overseas Dietetic Association
  • Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group
  • Charter member, Les Dames d’Escoffier
  • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group
  • Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Council
  • Baptist World Alliance Mission, Evangelism and Theological Reflection
  • Commission on Ministry
  • Baptist World Alliance World Aid Committee
  • Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Slow Food Birmingham
  • National Rural Health Association
  • Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Practice Group
  • Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group
  • Hunger and Environmental Nutrition National Practice Group
  • National Fellowship of Baptist Educators
  • Baptist Nursing Fellowship
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Didactic Program in Dietetics national program director, Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Area III national practice group, ADA Area III coordinator Dietetic Educators of Practitioners
  • Alabama Dietetic Association, board of directors nominating committee, state meeting committee program chairman, scholarship committee chairman, scholarship committee
  • Birmingham District Dietetic Association, executive board nominating committee chair, nominating committee, scholarship chair, president, president-elect, treasurer, historian
  • Food and Culture in the Levant, Israel