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Samantha Davis, MS, RD, LD

Associate Professor of Professional Practice Main: 817.257.6319
MS, Nutrition Texas Woman's University, 1992 BS, Dietetics University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1988


Samantha Powell joined the Nutritional Sciences faculty in 2011. Powell earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her master’s degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in the clinical, private practice, and dietetics education arenas. She has worked as a clinical dietitian at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth as well as the Assistant Chief Clinical Dietitian at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. For many years, Powell coordinated the Dietetic Technician program at Tarrant County College, where she taught classes and planned the community, food management, and clinical supervised practice components of the program. She has a strong interest in community work and students’ practical application of coursework.  She has most recently been working  at Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, where she has been involved in programs designed to keep homebound individuals out of the hospital and healthy at home.  She has had multiple speaking engagements nationwide demonstrating the success of these programs.  In 2014 she presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national conference.

Her current teaching responsibilities include Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II, Quantity Food Production, Contemporary Issues in Nutrition and Supervised Practice in Clinical Nutrition. She is the clinical coordinator for the Medical Nutrition Therapy supervised practice.

Powell’s professional memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Dallas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics. She served on the Board of the Fort Worth Dietetic Association where she served as President in 2011. She is a member of the Meals On Wheels Nutrition Committee and served on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant Area Food Bank for six years.

Powell was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Diet Technician programs from the Texas Dietetic Association, as well as from the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching from Tarrant County College. She was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Dietetics Educator (Coordinated Program) Award through the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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