Dr. Gina Jarman Hill joined the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in 2003. Dr. Hill received her B.S., M.S., and PhD in Food and Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Hill has worked as a clinical dietitian and as a consultant dietitian for a number of facilities.
Hill is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who has been actively involved in the Tarrant Area Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Hill is a member of the Nutrition Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP). She is also a member of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) dietetic practice group.
Dr. Hill served as the clinical coordinator for the Medical Nutrition Therapy supervised practice rotations for nine years from 2004-2012. Her current teaching responsibilities include Nutrition, Essentials of Dietetic Practice, Community Nutrition, Infant and Child Nutrition, and Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research I, II and III. She served as the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) from Fall 2007 through Summer 2013 when she began her appointment as Director of the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics. Her current research interests include lactation and human milk, nutrition education, Medical Nutrition Therapy in various life stages, urban health, and the relationships between nutrition and marketing and food insecurity and food waste. She enjoys working in partnership with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Inc. to evaluate and strive to improve the nutritional status of the home-bound elderly where she also serves on the nutrition committee. Since 2013, Dr. Hill has partnered with the teachers and administrators at University Christian Church (UCC) Weekday School (WDS) to create a community learning garden. Students enrolled in Dr. Hill’s Community Nutrition and Infant and Child Nutrition classes and other nutrition students who volunteer with Hill develop the ongoing curriculum about nutrition, health and gardening and teach lessons to preschooler children. She has enjoyed working with the TCU students, UCC WDS staff, children and families in this fun and important, “Seed to Plate” program.
Dr. Hill was honored in 2001 by the Texas Dietetic Association as a Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Additionally, she has been honored as a Preferred Professor by the TCU Mortar Board chapter.
Areas of Expertise (6)
Lactation and human milk
Relationships between nutrition and marketing
Medical nutrition therapy in various life stages
Texas Tech University: PhD, Food and Nutrition
Texas Tech University: MS, Food and Nutrition
Texas Tech University: BS, Food and Nutrition
Media Appearances (2)
Waste Not: This school was wasting lots of food. Now students are sharing it instead of tossing it
Hill Country News online
Hill said the project was initially started through a student research grant from TCU's College of Science and Engineering. She said the project allowed students to see how much trash communities make and to figure out how to reduce waste. "I think people would be surprised at how much waste is taking place across the United States," Hill said. "It's not just schools. Unfortunately, in the United States 40 percent of the food produced actually gets thrown away or wasted. This is just one little way that we can try to address a really big problem."
This school was wasting lots of food. Now students are sharing it instead of tossing it
Fort Worth Star-Telegram online
Hill said the project was initially started through to a student research grant from TCU’s College of Science and Engineering. She said the project allowed students to see how much trash communities make and to figure out how reduce waste. “I think people would be surprised at how much waste is taking place across the United States,” Hill said. “It’s not just schools. Unfortunately, in the United States 40 percent of the food produced actually gets thrown away or wasted. This is just one little way that we can try to address a really big problem.”