Dr. Sheila Jones

Department Chair and Associate Professor

BS in Food Science and Technology, Texas A&M, 1981
MS in Nutrition, Texas A&M, 1988
RD, 1989
LD, 1989
PhD. in Nutrition, Texas Woman's University, 2005

Contact Information:
Office: Gibson Health and Physical Education Ctr Rm 258
Mailing Address: ACU Box 28084, Abilene, TX, 79699-8084
Phone: 325-674-2089
Email: joness@acu.edu

Office Address

  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) Room 258

Area of Specialization

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Teaching Areas

  • NUTR 120 – Nutrition and Wellness
  • NUTR 322 – Biochemistry and Nutrition I
  • NUTR 323 – Biochemistry and Nutrition II
  • NUTR 327 – Nutrition and the Life Cycle
  • NUTR 328 – Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 401 – Nutrition Seminar
  • NUTR 421 – Nutrition Assessment and Education
  • NUTR 423 – Food Safety
  • NUTR 425 – Clinical Dietetics I
  • NUTR 426 – Food Science
  • NUTR 428 – Clinical Dietetics II
  • NUTR 429 – Clinical Dietetics III
  • NUTR 450 – Capstone in Dietetics

Organizational Involvement

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Treasurer-Elect
  • Big Country Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • ACU Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Advisor

Volunteer Activities

  • Albany ISD Student Health Advisory Council

Honors and Awards

Dr. Jones was named a winner of the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award for ACU's College of Education and Human Services. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, intellectual creativity and collegiality. Achievements that merit the award may include innovation in the classroom, outstanding mentoring of students and other faculty, contributing significantly to the profession, and the integration of faith and missional principles into the curriculum.

During her 14 years at ACU, Dr. Jones has developed and taught all of the courses in the nutrition program. While advising nutrition majors, she has also played the lead role over the external accreditation process for didactic programs in dietetics.  

Each semester she teaches Nutrition 120 - a class which serves large numbers of students in the general education sciences. She was integral in developing an online program for this course, one of the largest on campus. 

Her students and colleagues report that she takes her teaching very seriously. She has studied the nutrition and malnutrition of children in Indonesia and Africa and taken students with her on research trips to these locations. Recently, she published her findings from that work in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. In 2011, Dr. Jones presented two sessions with her students at the Texas Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference on the "Nutritional Problems of Young Children in Rural Villages of Togo, West Africa." She is frequently interviewed by the local media on issues of nutrition.

Dr. Jones is highly respected by her colleagues in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition and her collegiality extends to faculty from other disciplines. She has collaborated with faculty members from the School of Social Work in obesity research and has participated in medical missions with faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Jones is a servant in the local community. She teaches Bible classes at her church. She serves as vice-chairman of the School Health Advisory Committee for Albany ISD and co-chairs the backpack program which provides food on weekends to economically disadvantaged children.  

Her nominator reported: “Sheila uses creativity in her classroom in ways that encourage innovation in technology and her assignments parallel the real world of professionals in dietetics. She consistently demonstrates intellectual curiosity through the new material she brings to her courses conducted locally or abroad."

Research Interests

  • Malnutrition in Underdeveloped Countries
  • Hydration in School Children and the Elderly
  • Positive Effects of Home-cooked Meals
  • Nutrition and Exercise

Teaching Nutrition from Birth to Adulthood

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