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Meet IHS adjunct faculty member Elizabeth (Bettie) Bow

Meet IHS adjunct faculty member, Elizabeth (Bettie) Bow. 

Bettie previously taught in the public-school system for twenty-five plus years. Currently, she teaches IHS 3700J, this class is intended for juniors or seniors. Clarity of expression through various formats of exchange is an important professional skill. This course explores different formats specifically utilized within the health sciences and professions and provides a platform for students to develop and practice their writing and interpretation of written communication skills.

How does your past or current professional life impact the way you teach IHS courses, and vice versa?

I began teaching my first IHS class four years ago. I believe that my past teaching experience has provided me with the desire to help others and be a good listener. I do not mind answering student questions and providing feedback that I hope helps them in their course work. I often have students begin an email with the words "sorry to bother you" but want them to know that the questions they ask do not bother me at all. My job is to help them in any way I can.

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?

I am an avid reader and could easily lose myself in a good book for many hours. I enjoy nature and bird watching. I enjoy working outside on our property, taking walks and spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel.

What are some words of wisdom you would like to share with the students?

Don't ever be afraid to ask a question or think that a question is too silly to ask. One of my favorite quotes is from Rumi. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."