Getting to Know Faith Critzer October 2015

Faith Critzer

Faith Critzer has been part of the Food Microbiology Division since graduate school, when she served as student liaison. “I really enjoyed getting to work with people that are passionate about food safety in an informal setting,” she recalls.

In the ensuing years, Critzer has continued her involvement in the division, serving as newsletter editor, member-at-large, and chair. She recently became a member of the Nominations & Elections Committee. She has seen a great deal of benefit from these roles, including meeting a variety of new people.
“I have met a number of friends, collaborators, and mentors and have benefitted both professionally and personally through these relationships,” says Critzer. “I think that IFT is a unique organization because you can meet such a diverse array of food scientists from different disciplines and get to know them and more about their work.”

An assistant professor in the Dept. of Food Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee, Critzer also serves as safety extension specialist for the state. She attests that her volunteer experiences have helped her develop communication and leadership skills, which she describes as invaluable to her as a young professional. She encourages members to get involved to experience these benefits for themselves.

“I know you may be thinking you don’t know how or you don’t have enough time, but in reality, there are several opportunities to give back that don’t take a tremendous amount of time or commitment on your part but definitely help, such as reviewing abstracts for the annual meeting or judging a student poster competition,” she advises. “Find the division(s) that you have the most passion for and get in touch with their chair. I promise that you will be glad you did!” 

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