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Alison Harmon, PhD, RD, LN


Dean and Professor


250 Reid Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2940

Dr. Alison Harmon teaches undergraduate courses in community nutrition, culinary management, and sustainable food systems and offers a graduate course that critically examines the American food system.  Her research focuses on the integration of concepts related to sustainability in the nutrition and dietetic curricula, the effectiveness of food system field experiences on learning about systems and sustainability, and community based strategies for increasing food access such as community-supported agriculture (CSA) projects.  Dr. Harmon is on the curriculum development team for the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems degree program at MSU. She advises the student organization MSU Friends of Local Foods and student operated Towne’s Harvest Garden, a campus CSA and outdoor classroom.  Additionally, she serves on the Montana Food System Council.  Graduate students working with Dr. Harmon are completing projects related to food system curriculum and resource development and evaluation, community food assessments, local food policies, food product development, and community-supported agriculture.

Programs and Research Projects

  • Lentils: Gems in the Treasure State
  • Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University: An Assessment of Needs and Opportunities to Inform Development of an Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Sustainability in Dietetics Education: A Survey of Dietetic and Nutrition Educators
  • Teaching Food Systems and Sustainability in the Dietetics Curriculum
  • Montana Made: Farm to College Program at MSU
  • Effectiveness of a Food Insecurity Experience for Developing Empathy in Future Nutrition Professionals
  • MSU Friends of Local Foods and Towne’ s Harvest Garden

Specialties and Interests

  • Education for sustainability
  • Food system education and teaching methods
  • Local food systems and food system change
  • Environmental issues related to food choices
  • Community food security and hunger issues

Related Information

Dr. Harmon was chosen after a national search for Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development, and no longer teaches in the Department of Health and Human Development.