Dr. Grossman is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, a nationally accredited program through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This internship is required for students training to become a Registered Dietitian. Dr. Grossman teaches a large, undergradute introductory nutrition course as well as graduate courses for students in the Dietetic Internship program. She also conducts research in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Grossman answers questions below about her background and career so far at UGA.
Where did you earn your degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA?
I earned my BS in Nutrition Science from University of California, Davis and my MS and PhD in Foods and Nutrition from UGA.
When did you come to UGA and what brought you here?
I came to UGA from California in 1981 to earn my MS in Foods and Nutrition. My husband, Gary, had a new job as an assistant professor in Warnell School of Forestry.
What are your favorite courses to teach and why?
I really enjoy teaching Human Nutrition and Food (FDNS 2100) because as an introductory course, I have potential to reach a large number of students who know relatively little about nutrition. Students generally feel they have gained some "real world" knowledge that they can apply to everyday life. I also teach a Dietetic Internship course (FDNS 7911) to students enrolled in our combined masters/dietetic internship programs. These students have a sophisticated grasp of nutrition concepts and I enjoy engaging with them on applied and clinical nutrition topics.
What interests you about your field?
Nutrition is a subject that everyone can relate to and is a constant topic in the news cycle. I enjoy sifting through the scientific literature and explaining complicated concepts to students, friends and family.
What are some highlights of your career?
As program director of our combined masters/dietetic internship program, I train students to become registered dietitians. Our graduates have a high success rate and are a testament to the quality education they receive at UGA. Some of my recent awards include 2016 Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award, Regional 3 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA; 2013, 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Dept of Foods and Nutrition, UGA
How does your research or scholarship inspire your teaching, and vice versa?
I am on the editorial board for International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. As such, I read many manuscripts on the topic of pedagogy in higher education, and know that using multiple strategies to engage students enhances learning and retention. From my years of teaching, I've learned that talking, not lecturing to students and using real-world examples engages them and keeps them interested in the course material.
What do you hope students gain from their classroom experience with you?
I hope students develop an appreciation for the relationship between nutrition and health and that they make wiser choices about their diet and lifestyle as a result of the class.
Describe your ideal student.
A student who is curious and takes some responsibility for their learning experience in the classroom.
What is your favorite place to be/activity to do on campus?
I enjoy attending the gymnastic meets and cheering on the GymDogs!
What do you like to do beyond the UGA campus?
I like to hang out with family and friends, listen to music downtown, and enjoy the local arts scene.
What does your community/civic involvement include?
I'm involved in the local dietetics association and volunteer at the synagogue in town.
What is your favorite book/movie?
I enjoy classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, but also like relaxing diversions such as John Grisham novels.
What is your proudest moment at UGA?
Earning two graduate degrees at UGA and having both of my daughters attend UGA.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I started as a graduate student in Family and Consumer Sciences, conducted basic science research for several years, and now teach and train dietitians, all in the span of 30+ years. FACS is my home away from home, and I'm proud to be part of the FACS family.