Spotlight Sunday: eCampus instructor Gillian Ice
Dr. Ice is the director of global health in @CHSPOhio and a professor in social medicine in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her research interests include human biology, aging, stress, long-term care, and grandparenting. This semester she is teaching IHS 2210, “Introduction to Global Health,” and IHS 5210, “Fundamentals of Global Health” for eCampus. Get to know her a little better:
1. What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
I love to cook and bake. I read several cookbooks and cooking magazines for inspiration. I tend to get stuck on one kind of food and I explore different ways to remake them. For example, I spent a year making different flavored scone recipes every Saturday and then I would find friends at the Athens Farmer’s Market and give them samples. I had a scone and a cake recipe published. I love to cook foods from different countries and cook a lot of Indian-inspired recipes. My dream sabbatical would be to travel the African continent to learn different styles of cooking and then publish a cookbook based on that experience. -----
2. If you could have dinner with anyone famous (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Oh my, there are so many people. I’d love to host a dinner party with Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Elizabeth Blackwell, Bill Gates, Hans Rosling, Martin Luther King, Atul Gwande, Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafazai, Jane Goodall, and more. These are people who had such tremendous courage to change the world in their own way. They have all inspired me to look at the world and my field differently. -----
3. What is your favorite thing about being an eCampus instructor?
I enjoy the creativity of online classes—you have to find new and different ways of engaging students with the content. I also really enjoy getting to know students online, which I think is often easier than in a big lecture hall. Through writing assignments, you really get a better sense of students’ reflections on the material and how it connects with their everyday life. I learn a great deal from my students as a result.
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