Dr. Jennifer M. Turley

Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance

Professor of Nutrition

2801 University Circle
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-2801
Phone: 801-626-6933
Fax: 801-626-6228

Teaching Tools

Audio-Streamed Lectures

StudyMate Activities


Case Studies

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Credible Websites


Teaching Assignments


Foundations in Nutrition

Food Values, Diet Design, and Health

Multicultural Health and Nutrition


Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition

Foundations in Diet Therapy

Foundations of Lifestyle Management

Strength Training

Advisor for

Nutrition Minor

Bachelor of Integrated Studies

Human Performance Management Major

Education & Professional
National Cancer Institute
(Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cancer)

University of Texas-Austin
(Graduate Student, Ph.D.)

Arizona State University
(Student, B.S.)

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I am originally from Fairbanks, Alaska. I absolutely love living in Utah for its milder climate yet spectacular mountainous beauty. My husband (John) and I love our 2 children and enjoy outdoor recreation, fitness, and eating healthy. We enjoy spending time with our son, Jonathan and daughter Jasmine. We have been known to play original Christian music locally. John sings and plays the guitar while I play the saxophone (alto and soprano) and clarinet.


Teaching Philosophy

I love teaching nutrition. I strongly believe that the way you eat impacts your health both now and in the future. I try to create a teaching atmosphere that empowers students to learn the science of nutrition and integrate it into their daily lives to achieve overall wellbeing.  The methods that I use to achieve this include:

  • To have clear learning objectives and direction for each class session and for the entire course.
  • To prepare myself fully to transfer current, accurate and relevant information to my students.
  • To hold students accountable for their learning but to provide the means for them to succeed in the class.
  • To be enthusiastic and creative in my teaching style. This involves using a combination of teaching techniques to capture the various interests and intellectual abilities of my students. Some of the teaching techniques that I use are: group activities, active learning lessons, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, models, figures, overheads, PowerPoint presentations, problem solving case studies, student presentations, videos, stories, and quotations.
  • To always look for ways to improve my teaching and my students learning by using self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, and student evaluation.


Professional Focus
In the area of Nutrition, my primary interest is to educate students on how to eat a healthy diet and be a healthy person. I am also intrigued by food system sustainability as well as the immune system, food allergies and pseudoallergies. It is my desire that people don't just eat to sustain life, but rather eat to prolong life and a high quality life at that. Since dietary practices and patterns are linked strongly to chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis, I aim to provide the most current reliable information related to diet and lifestyle factors to prevent such diseases. I also am interested in cultural differences in eating pattern and how this correlates to different epidemiological disease outcomes. Prior to WSU, I spent 8 years doing primary nutrition research studying the anti-cancer mechanisms of vitamin E on human cancer cells.


Significant Accomplishments, Publications, Creative Works


  • “George and Beth Lowe Innovative Teaching Award” March 22, 2005.
  • “Exemplar of Technology Delivered Instruction Award" from the Utah System of Higher Education, May 2005.

Online Course Development and Publication: I serve as the Online Director for the Nutrition Program. I have published and taught the following courses.

  • Nutrition LS 1020: Foundations of Nutrition
  • Nutrition 2320: Food Values, Diet Design, and Health
  • Nutrition 2420: Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition
  • Nutrition 3220: Foundations of Diet Therapy
  • Nutrition 3320: Nutrition and Health in the Older Adult.
  • Nutrition DV3420: Multicultural Health and Nutrition

Professional Service: I have and still do serve on numerous WSU committees including: Academic Resources and Computing, Online Testing Steering Committee, Salary, Benefits, Budget, and Fiscal Planning, Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, Executive Committee, Curriculum & General Education Committee, Vista Implementation Project Steering Committee member and eLearning Workstream (Co-Chair), Early Access Student Review Board, College of Education Curriculum Committee, Teaching and Learning Assessment Committee, Department faculty search committees, & NW Accreditation self-study committee (Chair).

Further, I advise students, oversee senior project and BIS capstone projects and give community talks. I am a member of the American Dietetic Association.


Turley , J.M. Allergic, Pseudoallergic, and Autoimmune Dietary Pathogens: Awareness and Food Solutions, McKay Dee Hospital, Ogden, Utah presentation to Medical Doctors, April 20, 2010.

Turley, J. M. and Thompson, J. S. Holistic Health and Food Sustainability Model, Utah Dietetics Association Conference, March 8, 2010.

Turley, J. M. & Thompson, J. S. Optional supportive learning activities improve student midterm grades, American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 19, 2009, Denver, CO

Turley, J. M. Food System Sustainability: Issues related to health, the environment, and food resources, FACS Nutrition & Food Science Conference, June 15, 2009, Provo, UT

Turley, J. M. Allergic, Pseudoallergic, and Autoimmune Dietary Pathogens: Awareness and Food Solutions for Athletes, Symposium and Workshop, Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference, April 16, 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Turley, J. M. Food system sustainability – definitions and a fishy example. The Environmental Impact of the Food Industry Panel, Tuesday, March 24th, Noon to 1:30 PM, Wildcat Theater, sponsored by WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee.

Turley, J. M. Four A’s of Awareness in Feeding the Sensitive Athlete: Allergy, Asthma, Anaphylaxis, and Adverse Reactions, Utah Athletic Trainers' Association Conference: When Nutrition Will Make a Difference in Athletics, December 6, 2008, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

Childhood Obesity: Implications for Education. NRMERA, Oct 8-11, 2003. Jackson, WY.

Showcase Symposium: Developing an Online Management Model, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, 13th Annual Conference, October 31-November 3, 2001, Coeur d' Alene Resort, Idaho.

Symposium: Teaching and technology Issues Pertaining to the Virtual Classroom; The National Social Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 18-20, 2001. (cross referenced with peer reviewed publications and conferences attended)

Symposium: The Advantages and Challenges of Teaching Students in a Virtual Classroom Using Online Instruction: The National Social Science Conference, March 26-28, 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roundtable Seminar: A School and Community Partnership Approach to Achieving Health People 2010 Objectives for School Health Populations. Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, 17 Annual Conference, Jackson Hole, WY, October 13-16, 1999.

Seminar: Review and Critique of Healthy People 2010 Objectives Related to Mental and Emotional Health, National Social Science Association (NSSA), National Social Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 12, 1999.

Teaching and Educational Publications:

  1. Turley, J.M. & Jackson, S. A. (2010). The Personal and Environmental Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, 6(1), 203-226.
  2. Turley, J.M. & Thompson, J. A. (2010). A New Holistic Model Portrays Health and Food Sustainability, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, 6(1), 345-354.
  3. Turley, J. M. (2009) Using Fast Food Nutrition Facts to Make Healthier Menu Selections. American Journal of Health Education, 40, 306-314.
  4. Turley, J. & Thompson, J. (2010). Nutrition: It's Your Life Science, 4th edition textbook, Cengage/Wadsworth Publishers.
  5. Turley, J.  (2010). Nutrition: It's Your Life Science Lecture CD, 4th edition, Cengage/Wadsworth Publishers.
  6. Turley, J. & Thompson, J. (2007-2009). Nutrition: It's Your Life Science textbook, 1st - 3rd Ed., Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers.
  7. Turley, J.  (2007-2009). Nutrition: It's Your Life Science Lecture CD, 1st -3rd Ed., Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers.
  8. Turley, J. & Thompson, J. (2002-2006). Resources for Foundations in Nutrition: Power Tools 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Ed textbook, Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers.
  9. Turley, J., Zavela, K. & Cost, P. (2001). Teaching and Technology Issues Pertaining to the Virtual Classroom. National Social Science Journal, Available online at: http://nssa.apsu.edu/
  10. Turley, J., Cost P., & James, G. B. (2001). The Advantages and Challenges of teaching Students in a Virtual Classroom Using Online Instruction. National Social Science Journal, 16 (1), 127-132. 
  11. Turley, J. And Thompson, J. (2000). Foundations of Nutrition First and Second Edition textbook, Wadsworth Publishers.
  12. Turley, J. and Cost P. (2000). Planting Seeds of Self-Esteem. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 3 (1), 1-5.
  13. Cost, P. and Turley, J. (2000). Healthy People 2000: Review and critique of objectives related to mental and emotional health, Social Science Perspectives Journal, 15 (1), 17-23.
  14. Cost, P. And Turley, J. (2000). Teaching the Food Guide Pyramid using Multiple Intelligence Learning Centers. Journal of Health Education, 31, 111-112.
  15. Turley, J. (1999). National Youth Sports Program Lesson Plans, (NYSP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Cancer Research Publications:
  16. Turley, J.M., Ruscetti, F.W., Kim, S.J., Fu, T., Gou, F.V., and Birchenall-Roberts, M.C.: Vitamin E Succinate Inhibits Proliferation of BT-20 Human Breast Cancer Cells: Cyclin A Negative Regulation of E2F Transactivation Activity. Cancer Research, 57: 2668, 1997.
  17. Turley, J.M., Fu, T., Ruscetti, F.W., Mikovits, J.A., Bertolette Ill, D.C., and Birchenal Roberts, M.C.: Vitamin E succinate induces Fas-mediated apoptosis in estrogen receptor negative human breast cancer cells. Cancer Research 57: 881-890, 1997.
  18. Birchenall-Roberts, M.C., Yoo, Y.D., Bertolette Ill, D.C., Lee, K.H., Turley, J.M., Bank, O.K., Ruscetti, F.W., and Kim, S.J.: The p120-v-Abl protein interacts with E2F-1 and regulates E2F-1 transcriptional activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 272:8905, 1997.
  19. Turley, J.M., Falk, L.A., Ruscetti, F.W., Kasper, J.J., Francoman, T., Fu, T., Bank, O.S., and Birchenall-Roberts, M.C.: TGF-B1 functions in monocytic differentiation of primary and transformed hematopoietic cells through autocrine and paracrine mechanisms. Cell Growth and Differentiation 7:1535-1544, 1996.
  20. Birchenall-Roberts, M.C., Kim, S.J., Kasper, J.J., Bertolette Ill, D.C., Fu, T., Turley, J.M., Yoo, Y.D., Ruscetti, F.W.: p120-v-Abl expression overcomes TGF-B1 negative regulation of c-myc transcription but not cell growth. Oncogene 13:1499-1509, 1996.
  21. Birchenall-Roberts, M.C., Ruscetti, F.W., Kasper, J.J., Bertolette Ill, D.C., Yoo, Y.D., Bank, O.K., Roberts, M.S., Turley, J.M., Ferris, D.K., and Kim, S.J.: Nuclear localization of v-Abl leads to complex formation with cyclic AMP response element (CRE)-binding protein and transactivation through CRE motifs. Molecular and Cellular Biology 15:6088-6099, 1995.
  22. Turley, J.M., Funakoshi, S., Ruscetti, F.W., Kasper, J., Murphy, W.J., Longo, D.L., and Birchenall-Roberts, M.C.: Growth inhibition and apoptosis of RL human B lymphoma cells by vitamin E succinate and retinoic acid: Role for transforming growth factor B. Cell Growth and Differentiation 6:55-663, 1995.
  23. Turley, J.M., Sanders, B.G., and Kline, K.: Vitamin E succinate induction of HL-60 cell adhesion: A role for fibronectin and a 72-kDa fibronectin-binding molecule. Nutrition and Cancer 23:43-54, 1995.
  24. Charpentier, A., Groves, S., Menchaca, M., Turley, J., Zhao, B., Sanders, B.G., and Kline, K.: RRR-alpha-Tocopheryl succinate inhibits proliferation and enhances secretion of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-B) by human breast cancer cells. Nutrition and Cancer 19:225-239, 1993.
  25. Turley, J.M., Sanders, B.G., and Kline, K.: RRR-alpha-Tocopheryl succinate modulation of human promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) cell proliferation and differentiation Nutrition and Cancer 18:210-213, 1992.

Weber State University
Ogden, Utah 84408-2801