Kate Millson

Kate Millson

It’s important that we don’t take everything we read as ‘fact’ without performing our due diligence to ensure the information is accurate and not masked by bias. Kate Millson , Adjunct Faculty, General Education , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

As part of my private practice, I would often give lectures or facilitate group health classes. When I first started to see participants engage and eager to learn, this was very rewarding for me. I then began

to teach more and felt as though I had truly found my voice. 

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I will often weave in the clinical applications to consuming a nutrient dense diet and special considerations that can skew the body’s ability to utilize these nutrients including lifestyle, medical, and other factors. 

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I am a big proponent of ensuring my students walk away with real-world application. From the very first class, I ask for input from the students to engage them into their learning process. I will then work this into the curriculum. Discussions are a big part of my course, as are group activities. We do a lot of meal planning so that the students are able to put together foods in a way that maximizes their synergistic properties in the body while still maintaining autonomy over what they ultimately put in their body. 

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Collaboration within this course provides a variety of background and perspectives. We all have our own very unique relationship with food, and this can help enrich discussions and projects.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

I really push my students to be curious and to question where their nutrition information comes from. It’s important that we don’t take everything we read as ‘fact’ without performing our due diligence to ensure the information is accurate and not masked by bias.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

Teaching at The Art Institute has been a wonderful experience. The varying backgrounds of my students provides the opportunity for more diversity in discussions. It is very rewarding to see students step outside of their comfort zone and make dietary and lifestyle changes.