James Madison University
PHOTO:Michelle Hesse

Dr. Michelle Hesse


  • Office: HBS 2022
  • Phone: 540-568-6570
  • Email: hessemx@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4301
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Iowa State University Dietetic Internship Distance Learning Program, Ames Iowa, 2011
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, PhD Human Nutrition, 2010
  • College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ BS in Foods & Nutrition & Chemistry, 2006

Teaching Area

  • Experimental Foods
  • Food Science/Principals of Food Preparation
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Wellness
  • Food Service Systems related courses


  • Childhood Obesity Prevention and School Based Health Screenings
  • Meal Selections of College Students subscribed to Campus Meal Plans
  • Nutrient Density as a point of Nutrition Education on College Campuses


  • Spending Time with Family
  • Exercising and Physical Activity
  • Hiking
  • Watching Documentaries
  • Painting and Refurbishing Old Furniture




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