The UK Cooperative Extension Service provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. We make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension improves the quality of individual and family life through education, research, and outreach. 

Career Opportunities

We provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience through applied research projects and summer internships, and we encourage students and graduates to explore current openings for Extension careers at UK.

Food and Nutrition Specialists

Specialists in Food and Nutrition in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition provide a gateway to current research-based nutrition and food safety information for consumers. Specialists provide program development, training, and evaluation to individuals, families and communities, including limited resource audiences. These faculty members also teach undergraduate and graduate courses and conduct applied research to assess program efficacy and to further program development. In addition, Specialists in Food and Nutrition provide technical expertise, grant writing support, social science research, and leadership for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agents and their clients.


Check out our master list of publications for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension.

Contact Us

Professor: Sandra Bastin

Assistant Extension Professor, Extension Specialist in Food & Nutrition: Courtney Luecking

Assistant Extension Professor: Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf