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Eleanor Schlenker

Professor Emerita
  • Department Head (1988-98)


Eleanor Schlenker was HNFE's department head from 1988-1998. During that time, she led the accreditation of the undergraduate dietetics program and dietetic internship, facilitated the merger of HNF and the exercise science program, and managed a 10-year growth in undergraduate enrollment from less than 100 students to nearly 500.

Within Virginia Cooperative Extension, she implemented a community- and church-based diabetes education program with rigorous standards of evaluation that attracted more than $2 million in funding from the Obici HealthCare Foundation, Virginia Department of Health, and the National Institutes of Health.

The third edition of her textbook, Nutrition and Aging, was translated into Spanish for South American students. She has been the co-author of three editions of Williams Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy, a textbook for degree-seeking nursing students.

Williams' Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy by Eleanor Schlenker PhD, RD and Sara Long Roth PhD, RD, LD (Dec 1, 2010)

Nutrition in Aging by Eleanor D. Schlenker (Jan 1, 1998)

Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  

Held positions with the Council on Practice, the Committee on Health Care Reform and renewal of the Older Americans Act, and the Review Committee for Position Papers

Liaison to the National Council on the Aging and the National Voluntary Organizations for Independent Living for the Elderly

Served as Chair of the Gerontological Nutrition Section

Editorial board member for the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics

Served as the first editor of the quarterly Extension publication, Living Well (recognized for excellence by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)

HNF 5110 (changed to 5114) Minerals in Human Nutrition
HNF 5620 Nutrition and Aging
Nutrition Across the Lifespan
Undergraduate Seminar


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Drexel University
B.S., Albright College