Professional Educator Common Interest Group

The Professional Educator CIG promotes teaching excellence through discussion and the exchange of ideas. Collaborate with educators around the world, as you work towards creating an environment of academic excellence within your classroom.

Providing a venue for those involved in education and training to promote teaching excellence in lipid science and oil technology.

Annual Meeting Sessions

We organize sessions as an opportunity to stimulate our thinking and exchange ideas on best practices for instruction. Contact Doug Hayes for session development. Here's a sample of what we have offered:

2016 - International Exchange Programs: Preparing Graduate Students for a Bright Future in a Global Society
This session explored the benefits and challenges of participating in exchange programs, from the perspectives of both students and faculty. Attendees heard presentations from students who have benefited from an exchange program, and learned from educators how to develop their own exchange program.

2014 - Lipid Communication Strategies to Various Audiences
A unique opportunity to gain knowledge and discuss significant matters related to the challenge of communicating science.

2013 - Effective Use of Statistics in Lipids Teaching and Research
The session covered various topics, from basic experimental design and use of statistics to statistical means in sensory evaluation, clinical studies, genomics, and engineering teaching and research. Sensory science has been a neglected topic but it is an increasingly important area of research and application.


This webpage hosts a variety of teaching materials which we hope will be of use to both veteran teachers and novice instructors. We also have a database of universities with lipid chemistry and oil/fats technology courses.

Career Services - remember to post your résumé to the AOCS Career Services site, free of charge. While there you can browse the current listing of job openings.

Volunteer Opportunities

Have an idea or activity you feel the group should offer? Please let us know.  You will be contacted on an as-needed basis.

Leadership Team


  • Doug Hayes, Co-Leader, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Deland Myers, Co-Leader, Prairie View A&M University, USA
  • Sara Shinn, Co-Leader, California State University, Fresno, USA

Nuria Acevedo
N. A. Michael Eskin
Tong Wang