As former Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (through June 2018) and now Director of the Dietetic Internship (DI) (beginning July 2018) I assist students with the pursuit of a career in dietetics. The DI provides students with supervised practice in dietetics to qualify graduates to obtain the credential of Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN). My areas of expertise include clinical nutrition and management as it applies to the field of dietetics and health care settings. Areas of interest include the nutrition care process, nutrition support, medical nutrition therapy and process improvement. I am also interested in health care management of resources (staff, insurance issues, regulation), particularly in the acute care setting.
I am energized by working with future generations of registered dietitians. It is a privilege to teach and contribute to the development of future leaders in the field. I attempt to instill enthusiasm, respect for one another, and a sense of community in the classroom in order to promote an environment where students enjoy learning
The courses I teach are required for the Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship. I have four primary goals in teaching dietetics students: 1) to ensure students acquire foundation knowledge and skills in dietetics to promote future competence as dietetics practitioners; 2) to nurture development of leadership skills for future professional roles; 3) to develop the ability to synthesize and integrate information and ideas as dietetics professionals; and 4) to stimulate excitement in pursuing a career in dietetics.
To achieve these goals I rely on a variety of teaching methods and enjoy trying new teaching techniques. I am a fan of the "flipped" format as a teaching method to promote the application of theory to practice.
My advising philosophy is straight forward. It is to help students discover what they’re passionate about, identify how to bridge the gap between academics and practical experience, and support students throughout their journey. I attempt to accomplish this by giving students my undivided attention when meeting so that I may listen actively and provide appropriate guidance, recommendations and understanding to help each student attain their goals. My goal when meeting with students is to develop the rapport and eventual trust that is required to dig deep and unearth the spark that can ignite the passion that will then feed their academic experience and ultimately their career.
NS 2470: Food for Contemporary Living
NS 4000: Directed Readings in Introductory Food Service Management
NS 4020: Supervised Fieldwork in Dietetics
NS 4420: Implementation of Nutrition Care
NS 4880: Applied Dietetics in Food Service Systems
NS 5550: Leadership in Dietetics Practice
Article in Press: Riddle, E., Gier, E., and Williams, K. Utility of the Flipped Classroom When Teaching Clinical Nutrition Material. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online December 19, 2019.
Chapter Reviews, Nelm's Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology, 3rd edition, Cengage, March 2017.
Chapter Reviews, Nelm's Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach, 5th edition, Cengage, March 2017.
Chapter Review, Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology, 2nd edition, chapters 20 & 21, Brooks/Cole, August 2013.
Blake, C. & Gier, E.W. (2003). Swallowing disorders and nutritional status: The registered dietitians’ perspective. Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) 12(2), 22-27.
Lead Program Reviewer, Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Future Education Model (FEM) Demonstration Programs, 2018 to present.
Lead Program Reviewer, DPD and DI programs, ACEND, 2017 to present.
Advisory Board Member, Fairfield University Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program, Fairfield, CT, 2019 to present.
Advisory Board Member, New York-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship, 2015 to present.
Licensure Task Force, New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly NYS Dietetic Association), 2005-2019.
New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly NYS Dietetic Association), member, 1990-present.
Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (former Southern Tier Dietetic Assocation), member, 1991-present.
Affiliations: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), member, 1990-present.
Member of the following Academy Dietetic Practice Groups:
- Clinical Nutrition Management
- Management in Food and Nutrition Systems
- Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors.
Dietetics Program Leader and Director, Dietetic Internship
Oversee the DNS Dietetics Program including the Dietetic Internship (DI), Didactic Program in Dietetics and Public Engagement in Dietetics to ensure relevance to current dietetics practice. The DI works with community agencies and programs within NYS to coordinate supervised practice experiences for 10 interns every year. Sites include Cornell Cooperative Extension in Seneca, Tompkins and Wayne counties, Victor and Ithaca City School Districts, Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES Food Services, Syracuse Office of the Aging, Food Banks of Central NY and Southern Tier, Wegmans, Foodnet Meals on Wheels, Rural Health Network SCNY and Foodlink of Rochester. Interns complete a research project, using a research question posed by the community site. Abstracts and posters from the research project are presented at the annual meeting and exhibition of the NYS Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The DI also partners with University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital to provide clinical and management supervised practice. Total engaged experiences equal over 14,000 hours per program year.
Serve on New York-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship Advisory Board. Attend ~ 3-4 meetings per year to review accreditation, outcomes and program improvement.
Advisory Board Member, Fairfield University Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition Program, Fairfield, CT. Advise program on planning for ACEND Future Education Model candidacy accreditation.
Dietetics Program Leader and Director, Dietetic Internship
2001, Masters, Business Administration, concentration in Health Care Management, Binghamton University
1991, Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University