Associate Dean

Lisa A. Kessler, Professor

Office: Bldg. 2-216

Phone: 909-869-2203


Web  page:



Office Hours

My office hours change from quarter to quarter, but please e-mail me and make an appointment.

Positions Held at Cal Poly Pomona

July 2013- present:  Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, California State Polytechnic University

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Director 2009-2013, Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

May 2016- present: Professor, Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science

May 2011- May 2016: Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science

Sept. 2007- May 2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science

Current projects – Mentoring for underrepresented students, Projects to enhance students’ success in the College of Agriculture


Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA




University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC




Commission on Dietetic Registration, Chicago, IL




Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD



Maternal & Child Health


I worked outside the US for ten years, specifically in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Austria while accompanying my husband in the Foreign Service. I served as Dean of Students at the American University in Dubai.  I enjoyed advising and counseling students from many countries. As well I served as Chair of Institutional Effectiveness, conducted freshmen placement testing and organized student retention programs. After Dubai, I continued in the Middle East as the Director of Health Education at King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where I ran health education programming for the medical staff. I was an Assistant Professor at Intercollege in Larnaca, Cyprus. What a lovely location and University serving students from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Lastly in my overseas adventures, I served as Adjunct Faculty at the Institute of Nutrition at the University of Vienna teaching nutrition programming and nutrition education.

Teaching Expertise

Community nutrition, nutrition education and counseling, nutrition research methodology

Research Areas

Community nutrition intervention, enhancement of dietetics education

Role Models/Mentors

Mildred Kaufman, MS, RD who was the director of my MPH/RD program and taught me so much about Community Nutrition

David Paige, MD who was my Doctoral thesis advisor who always pushed me to be my best.

My hope is to give back to my students some of what these two gave to me with their time and their commitment and caring for their students and for the community