Deborah Canter

Professor and director, didactic program in dietetics
Department of hospitality management and dietetics

Deborah Canter

Deborah Canter is a professor and director of the didactic program in dietetics in the department of hospitality management and dietetics at Kansas State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1977.

Canter received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with food systems management as her area of interest and expertise. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research with master's and doctoral students.

In the mid-1990s, working with a $200,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, or FIPSE, Canter and her colleagues at K-State re-engineered the complete dietetics curriculum to be offered online, one of the first such projects in the country. Today, the program is the largest distance education program in dietetics in the United States. Canter also provided leadership for the development of an online master's degree in dietetics with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, or GPIDEA, and faculty from eight universities, also the first degree program of its kind in dietetics.

Canter was recognized in 1991 as Professor of the Year for Kansas by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 1997 she was the recipient of the American Dietetic Association — now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Foundation Award for Excellence in Practice in Dietetics Education. In 2000 she was named the William Evans Fellow by the department of nutrition at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2002 she was awarded the Medallion Award from the American Dietetic Association for her leadership and contributions to the association and the dietetics profession

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named Canter the 50th Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecturer for the association's 2012 Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia. The Cooper Lecture honors a member who has been recognized as a notable and inspiring speaker, able to communicate expert knowledge to a broad audience and someone whose unique experiences and contributions to the profession make them a role model in the field of dietetics.

Canter has served in numerous capacities within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including national secretary for the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Practice Group and four years on the Academy's board of directors as chair-elect and chair for the Council on Education, and as two-time chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She represented Kansas for six years as a member of the association's House of Delegates. Canter was chair of the national nominating committee and currently serves as chair of the education committee. She also has served as chair of the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council, a professional organization comprised of foodservice management educators in dietetics programs across the country.

The editor of The School Food Service Research Review from 1992-1998, Canter also has been a member of the advisory board of the National Food Service Management Institute and an appointed member of the Phase 2 Future Dietetics Practice and Education Task Force of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a group charged with making recommendations for sweeping changes in dietetics education.

Canter has worked with numerous graduate students through the years and published articles on a variety of food service and hospitality management-related topics. She is co-author of an introductory text widely used in dietetics programs across the country and has authored two chapters in textbooks on the history of dietetics education.

Canter can be reached at 785-532-2216 or