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Aida Miles

Aida Miles

Clinical Assistant Professor

Biography

Professor Miles joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in September 2019 as Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition. Prior to this, she was at the University of Minnesota for 11 years in roles that included being the Co-Director of the Leadership, Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health and the Director of the Coordinated MPH-RD program. 

Professor Miles has worked as a pediatric dietitian with children with special needs for over two decades in various settings, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Marcus Autism Center, and Hospital Roosevelt (in Guatemala).  In addition to her work in academia, Professor Miles serves as a consultant for Clinic 4 Kidz and the Munroe-Meyer Feeding Disorders program.  These clinics specialize in working with infants and children with feeding challenges.

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Professor Miles has a passion for working with families of children with feeding, growth and nutrition problems.  She has been an invited speaker, both locally and nationally, on topics related to childhood obesity, motivational interviewing, challenges of children with special healthcare needs, nutrition in autism spectrum disorder, and pediatric feeding disorders.

As an instructor, Professor Miles attempts to utilize teaching and training modalities that are accessible and inclusive.  She strives to motivate students to embrace learning and to grow in confidence as they master new skills.  Her desire is to train college students who will be future leaders in nutrition, dietetics, or their field of choice.

Professionally Professor Miles has held many leadership roles at the local, state and national levels.  Most recently she was a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors, and Speaker of their House of Delegates (2014-2017).  Currently Professor Miles is the Past Chair of the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a board member of the Academy’s Political Action Committee, and Awards Co-chair for the Academy’s Weight Management Practice Group. 

Professor Miles is married and has two adult children, currently in college.  During her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, exploring Tennessee, and learning new crafts.    

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Research

Prevention of pediatric feeding disorders among children with special healthcare needs. Diversity and inclusion in the dietetics profession.  Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in Dietetics education and training.


Education

 

Whittier College 1981-1985 BS Nutrition
Emory University 1985-1987 MMSc Clinical Nutrition
Bethel University 2015-2019 EdD Higher Education

Curriculum Vitae

Aida Miles

Contact Information

  • 1215 W. Cumberland Ave. 229 Jessie Harris Building Knoxville, TN 37996-1920
  • Phone: 865-974-5582
  • E-mail: amiles5@utk.edu