Dr. Melanie Shuran
is a dietitian who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Dietetics from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center and completed her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her clinical positions span general dietetics, critical care nutrition support, and outpatient nutrition counseling. She has completed a Certificate in Distance Education from the State University of West Georgia and is currently enrolled in the Master Online Teacher certification program through the Illinois Online Network and the University of Illinois.
In the academic setting, Dr. Shuran has directed a Coordinated Dietetics Program at California State University, Los Angeles and served as the Associate Director of the MS/MD Program in Clinical Nutrition at our University. As Professor and Chair of the newly created Department of Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, she was instrumental in the development of the M.S. Program in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and its subsequent move to a completely online format in 1999. As Director of Technology and Faculty Development, Dr. Shuran assisted faculty and students in their transition to the online learning environment.
Dr. Shuran’s most recent positions have been administrative. In March 2005, she assumed the role of Chief Information Officer for the university overseeing Information Technology and Educational Technology. In 2007, she was promoted to Associate Vice President for Learning Resources, overseeing Library Services and Educational Technology. Currently, Dr. Shuran is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Distance Education. Dr. Shuran's knowledge, experience, and passion for technology and its integration into courses and programs continue to fuel her interest in online curricular design to enhance student learning. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics, and the Sloan Consortium.