1. Introduction

The purpose of the Outstanding Preceptor Award (OPA) is to recognize the exceptional teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of preceptors in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs.  Note: Program directors and faculty are not eligible for this award as there is a separate award given to Outstanding Dietetic Educators. Active NDEP Council members and previous OPA winners are not eligible for this award.

In addition to publishing the list of outstanding preceptors in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, NDEP-Line, and the NDEP and ACEND websites, each awardee will receive $1,000 to attend the 2017 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Chicago, IL (supported by the Academy’s Foundation) and a certificate and congratulatory letter from the Academy President. Awards will be presented during the NDEP member breakfast at FNCE.


•Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

•Preceptor in an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (CP, DI, DT or ISPP).

Submission and Selection Procedure:

1.      Nominations from both peers/program directors/program faculty AND students/interns will be collected using an online entry system (Survey Monkey), which will close at 5pm CST on March 3, 2017.

2.      Nomination applications should be submitted by the Program Director of the program the preceptor is a part of and consist of a completed online entry, which includes two separate focused statements of support (one from peers, program directors, and faculty AND one from students/interns). Additional materials beyond the online entry will not be reviewed.

            a. Nominations will be evaluated upon the exemplary accomplishments of preceptors above what would be considered                 core preceptor responsibilities based upon the following key areas:

                      i.  Teaching, which should showcase innovative teaching skills and techniques to facilitate student/intern learning.

                       ii.  Mentoring, which should include those behaviors that elevate student learning and level of practice above                                     routine preceptor responsibilities.

                       iii.  Leadership, which should include any membership and participation in local, state, or national organizations,                               community organizations, workplace committees, public policy, etc.

3.      The NDEP Preceptor Director and Preceptor Committee will receive, review, and select the winner from the eligible nominations after the survey has been closed.  The committee will select no more than one preceptor from each of the seven geographical areas.  There is a maximum of seven awards per year.

4.      Questions about the selection procedure and submission process to should be directed to NDEP at ndep@eatright.org