Patricia H. Terry
Professor and Food Labs Director
School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Office: 1607 CHS Building 1
Phone: 205-726-2930

Patricia H. Terry has been a professor of nutrition and dietetics at Samford University since 1990 and twice served as chair of the department.  She is also the director of the department's foods labs and the Samford Wellness Kitchen. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University. She has been a registered and licensed dietitian for over forty years; having spent twelve of those years as a missionary and community nutritionist in Venezuela. She wrote her book, Made for Paradise: God’s Original Plan for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Rest (2008) as a result of seeing the benefits of healthy eating and living during her time in Latin America.  Terry has continued community nutrition involvement in teaching kitchens, nutrition education classes and health fairs for families. In Samford's College of Health Sciences and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Terry 's research has been food-focused, especially in the area of food science and experimental foods. She is very proud of her Samford undergraduate experimental foods students who continue to present their research at the state and national level. For eighteen years, she was a freelance food writer for The Birmingham News, writing an "In Season" column each Wednesday in the food section. She is a founding member of the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier.

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