Dorothy Funk West, MEd, Ph.D.


Dorothy Funk West, MEd, Ph.D.

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Dorothy West came to Michigan from Pennsylvania in 1966 to begin graduate studies in Home Economics Teacher Education. Her BS degree is in Dietetics and MEd is in Teacher Education; both from the Pennsylvania State University. The Ph.D degree (1970) is from Michigan State University in Family Consumer Sciences Teacher Education and Family Resource Management. She was an Associate Professor in Home Economics Education (College of Education) and the Department of Family and Child Ecology, MSU, for most of the years between 1969 and 2005, instructing classes at various levels: undergraduates, graduates, off-campus, and international classes in the Netherlands, Okinawa and England. During the 1980’s she taught as a part-time professor at Central Michigan University and Youngstown State University in Ohio. She co-authored the Michigan Nutrition Secondary Teacher’s Curriculum Guide for the State Department of Education in 1986. She currently is the author of a High School Textbook, Teacher’s Resource Guide and computer available Test banks for Nutrition, Food, and Fitness: A Wellness Resource. The third edition, published by Goodheart-Wilcox is expected to be released in 2011. Over 53,000 copies have been sold to individuals and to Secondary Education Departments throughout the United States. From 2000 to 2005, she was appointed as Department Chairperson of Social Sciences at the LCC International University in Lithuania. And, in Early 2007, volunteered and taught middle school children at Kodai International School, Kodai Kanal, India. She played a major role in helping to prepare the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum material for the middle school years. Membership and leadership activities with MAFCS and AAFCS have spanned the last 47 years.