Johnson receives Troy University’s Wallace D. Malone Award

Dr. Teresa W. Johnson receives the Wallace D. Malone Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins during Friday's Faculty/Staff Convocation on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Teresa W. Johnson receives the Wallace D. Malone Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins during Friday's Faculty/Staff Convocation on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Teresa W. Johnson, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion within the College of Health and Human Services, has been awarded Troy University’s Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

The award, which acknowledges exceptional faculty members who through teaching, meritorious and selfless service and research transform vision into reality, was presented during the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.

Dr. Kerry Palmer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, presents the University’s Mace to Dr. Teresa Johnson, the Malone Award recipient, during Friday’s Convocation. As the Malone Award winner, Dr. Johnson will carry the Mace at the head of processionals during major University events such as convocations and commencements.

The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize, a medallion to be worn with academic regalia and a specially designed commemorative award. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY Trustee from 1975-1995.

A Registered Dietitian with more than 30 years of clinical practice and teaching experience, Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Montevallo, a master’s in nutrition from Auburn University and a Doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University.

Dr. Johnson first joined the TROY faculty in 2004 as a lecturer. Among the courses she teaches are Human Nutrition, Nutrition Assessment, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Introduction to Food Science, Community Nutrition and Sports Nutrition and Metabolism.

In addition to her dedication to students in the classroom, Dr. Johnson is also committed to research, having published more than 30 journal articles and made more than 50 presentations.

Dr. Johnson’s research on blended tube feeding has gained national attention, indicating that many tube-fed patients who struggle with commercial formulas might benefit from switching to a whole food blend. Her research has involved those across TROY’s colleges and departments, as well as those from other institutions, including the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to her research in blended tube feeding, Johnson’s research interests include pediatric nutrition, complementary and alternative medical therapies and Anthropometry, the science that defines physical measures of a person’s size, form and functional capacities.

Dr. Johnson said she was honored to receive the award and credited her colleagues for their ongoing support.

“Getting this award is a culmination of all that my department chairs, deans, colleagues and professional relationships have contributed to the opportunity to pursue the goals of our department, college and University,” Dr. Johnson said. “I am very appreciation of all the support Troy University provides to help faculty reach their potential.”