Dallas Hoover, PhD

Dallas HooverDallas G. Hoover, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Delaware, Newark.  He joined the faculty there in 1984 following postdoctoral appointments at Drexel University and Cornell University.  He received his Ph.D. in food science from the University of Minnesota, his M.S. in biological sciences from the

University of Delaware, and his B.S. in biology from Elizabethtown College (PA).  Research areas include food safety and food process microbiology; courses currently taught include introductory food science classes and food microbiology.  He is an IFT Fellow, and has chaired the IFT Nonthermal Processing Division and IFT Food Microbiology Division.  He also is an associate editor of food engineering and physical processes for the Journal of Food Science and serves on several other editorial boards.

What do you feel you can contribute to the growth and advancement of IFT?
I would like to think I can contribute a balanced voice as to what forms of growth and advancement best suits IFT for its members, especially for students, young professionals, and individuals involved in educational and outreach endeavors.  I would also like to think I could at times add a different perspective of food technology and ethics to people and organizations outside of IFT that should receive a broader and more accurate understanding of contemporary foods and beverages.

What are the three most important strategic issues facing the profession and the industry that align with IFT’s goals and how would you address these as a member of the Board of Directors?

  1. The need to contribute significantly to the continuing issue of world population growth and widespread malnourishment.
  2. Provide leadership in the application of food science and technology to food production; this includes government interactions.
  3. Continue to function as the largest and most highly respected food science profession society in order to reach our strategic goals and progress towards new goals. 

As a member I would take the time to understand the situations that currently exist and how to work with others on reasonable plans of action.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors and how has your work and volunteer experiences prepared you to be a strategic board member?
I have been involved in IFT since I was a graduate student at Minnesota.  Besides being fun, I feel participation in IFT is a worthwhile endeavor that does pay dividends for the membership and non-members alike.  IFT does make a difference.

What defines a successful board?
As an individual serving on any committee or group of people it is important to listen, discuss, then act upon what is constructive and practical for that group.  I think in large professional societies, such as IFT, it is often a challenge to understand and then act in an efficient manner.  With industry, regulatory and academic food technology-types interacting in a common medium I would like to image that I can expedite the movement and implementation of ideas that make sense.

Formal Education 
PhD, 1981, Food science, University of Minnesota
MSc, 1977, Biological sciences, University of Delaware
BSc, 1973, Biology, Elizabethtown College (PA)

Career History

University of Delaware Professor, Department of Animal & Food Sciences 1995-Present
University of Delaware Assistant Professor/Associate Professor 1984-1995
Cornell University Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Agronomy 1983-1984
Drexel University Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. Nutrition & Food Science 1981-1982

Leadership Experience

  • Integrating Risk-Based Preventive Controls Into Your HACCP Presenter 2012
  • Food Microbiology Division Leader Workgroup Member 2011-2013
  • Task Force on Strategic Plan Implementation Member 2011-2012
  • Biotechnology Division Leader Workgroup Member 2011-2013
  • Division Competition Reviewers Member 2011-2012
  • Division Competition Reviewers Member 2011-2012
  • Contributing Members Food Microbiology Subpanel Member 2010-2011
  • Contributing Members Food Safety & Defense Member 2010-2011
  • Food Microbiology Subpanel Food Microbiology Subpanel 2010-2012
  • Food Microbiology Division Leader Workgroup Past Chair 2010-2011
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Past Chair 2009-2010
  • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations Subpanel Member 2009-2010
  • Division Design Task Force Member 2009
  • Food Microbiology Division Leader Workgroup Chair 2009-2010
  • Food Microbiology Division Leader Workgroup Chair-Elect 2009
  • Divisions Task Force Member 2008-2010
  • Journal of Food Science Editorial Board Associate Editor 2008-Present
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Chair 2008-2009
  • Research and Development Award Jury Chair 2007-2008
  • Task Force on Strategic Plan Implementation Member 2007-2008
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Chair-Elect 2007-2008
  • Awards Committee -2007-2008
  • Committee on Divisions Member 2006-2008
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Treasurer 2006-2007
  • List Administrators List Administrators 2005-2006
  • Research and Development Award Jury Member 2005-2007
  • Food Microbiology Division Leader Workgroup Member-at-Large 2005-2008
  • Council Food Microbiology Division Alternate Councilor 2005-2007
  • Committee on Divisions Past Chair 2005-2006
  • Committee on Divisions Chair 2004-2005
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Secretary 2004-2007
  • Committee on Divisions Chair-Elect 2003-2004
  • Sections & Divisions, Committee on Member 2002-2005
  • Nonthermal Processing Division Leader Workgroup Member-at-Large 1999-2001
  • FDA Contract 1- Task Order 1-Kinetics of Microbial Inactivat Member 1998-2000
  • AMC-Annual Meeting Management Committee Past Chair 1998-1999
  • AMC-Annual Meeting Management Committee Chair 1997-1998
  • University of Delaware Student Chapter Advisor 1997-1999
  • Opening session subcommittee member 1996-1997
  • Annual Meeting Committee Member/Chair 1996-1999
  • 1997 AMFE Opening Session Subcommittee Member 1996-1997
  • 1998 AMFE Ad-Hoc Committee Member 1996-1997
  • 1996 AMFE Volunteer Technical Papers Subcommittee Member 1995-1996
  • Philadelphia Section Leadership Alternate Councilor 1995-1996
  • 1995 AMFE Ad-Hoc Committee Member 1994-1995
  • AMC-Technical Presentation Committee Chair 1994 1995
  • AMC-Technical Presentation Committee Member 1993 1994
  • Technical Presentations Subcommittee Member/Chair 1993 1996
  • IFT Program Committee Member 1992 1993
  • Program Committee 1993 AMFE Member 1992-1993
  • Program Committee 1994 AMFE Member 1992-1994
  • University of Delaware Student Chapter Advisor 1989-1995
  • Biotechnology Division Leader Workgroup Member-at-Large 1985-1986; 1989-1990
  • Biotechnology Division Leader Workgroup Division Newsletter Editor 1985-2011
  • IFT Biotechnology Division Executive committee/Leadership team 1985-Present

Professional and Community Recognition

  • IFT Fellow
  • 2004 IFT Nonthermal Processing Division Lectureship
  • UD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Teaching Award
  • UD Faculty Senate Service Recommendation Award