September 12, 2018

Renee Rosen portrait

The department has established a fund to help support undergraduate teaching and experiential learning opportunities in Renee's honor. Help us keep Renee’s legacy alive by donating today.


It is with heavy hearts that the department announces the passing of Teaching Assistant Professor Renee Rosen after a short battle with cancer.

Renee, while originally from Chicago, became a Minnesotan early in life (high school). She first entered the department as a graduate student (M.S. 2003) working with Marla Reicks. She completed her Dietetic Internship within the department, and earned her Ph.D. with Marla Reicks and Len Marquart in 2009.

Renee started her teaching career as a teaching assistant during her graduate training, and eventually joined the department full-time as a teaching assistant professor in 2012. During her time, she taught hundreds of undergraduates in both the Food Science and Nutrition majors. She was instrumental in the development and updating of the nutrition curriculum, and was the driving force behind implementing the Writing-Enriched Curriculum effort for departmental courses.

Her teaching gifts and extraordinary vision and energy were evidenced in all of the courses she taught, including Principles of Nutrition, Life Cycle Nutrition, Community Nutrition, and Nutrition Education and Counseling. Her efforts were supported by talented graduate students who benefitted immensely from her skillful mentorship and holistic teaching approach. Renee’s passion for students and enthusiasm for teaching will be greatly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held in the upcoming weeks. Please visit her Caring Bridge website for more information as it becomes available.

If you have photos or stories you would like to share about Renee, please send them to FScN communications specialist Rachel Reisig, who will compile and pass them along to her family.