• Director, PEAK Health and Fitness, Wellness and Integrative Health
  • Adjunct Instructor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Health-Kinesiology

Current Courses

Fall 2021

  • H EDU 5990-079
    Comm Health Internship
    Location: ONLN (Online)
  • H EDU 5991-079
    EMS Internship
  • H EDU 5992-079
    OSH Internship
  • KINES 4810-001
    Kinesiology Internship
    Location: ONLN (Online)
  • KINES 4921-015
    Peer Tutoring
  • KINES 4999-017
    Honors Thesis/Project
  • KINES 5830-016
    Journal Readings
  • KINES 6910-017
    Masters Internship
  • KINES 7954-015
    Prac. Eff. Tch. Doc.

Summer 2021

Spring 2021

Professional Organizations

  • Academy of Health Science Educators. 04/14/2015 - present. Position : Fellow.
  • American College of Sport Medicine. 05/2001 - present. Position : Health Fitness Director.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association. 05/2001 - present. Position : Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Practice History

  • Director, PEAK Health and Fitness (May 2001-present) University of Utah Direct University Employee Fitness Program • 40+ classes (450+ participants) per semester • Train, mentor and evaluate fitness instructors/ personal trainers • Partner with University Wellness Programs (WellU/WellnessNOW) • Promote classes • Develop and update website • Improve the health and wellness of University employees • Instruct Practicum in Fitness Leadership • Provide practical training and education for future health and fitness professionals • Fully supports 6-8 COH graduate student assistantships each year Operate Health and Fitness Testing • Train and supervise testing personnel • Fund new equipment for Human Performance Lab • Initiated PEAK research awards contributing funding for graduate student research Coordinate PEAK Nutrition Services • Supervise Registered Dietitian and advanced practice nutrition students • Arrange nutrition seminars, workshops, and classes. 01/01/2013 - present .

Patient/Client Satisfaction

  • “PEAK has given me opportunities like no other college experience I have had. It has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in my field in a non-competitive or judgmental environment. I have found this to be some of the best preparation for my future thus far. It provides a great freedom in developing teaching styles and techniques. The feedback from instructors and participants is constructive and helpful and is more formal than I would have received in the workforce and I think I am most grateful for that. I am so grateful for PEAK; cherry on top of my education at the University of Utah.” Aubri Goodfellow, former student . 05/2015.
  • “PEAK Health and Fitness has so much to offer the students and staff at the University of Utah. Since I was an Exercise Sport Science major, I got the opportunity to work with PEAK and loved every minute of it. The staff at PEAK is great to work with and the program they have helps so many people stay active. PEAK is a wonderful resource and I wouldn't have gained the hands on experience I did, while working on my degree, without them!” Amber Hills-Martin, former student . 04/2015.
  • “In sum, the PEAK staff has created a program that builds personal and job confidence and skills, creatively and in a supportive environment. I have watched PEAK student-instructors first-hand and close-up. The consistent growth and development of these students over the years is not an accident. The PEAK culture has been carefully and creatively developed, maintained and sustained, even in the worst budget years.” J. Steven Ott, Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean . 01/2015.
  • “I can honestly say that PEAK gave me the most applicable knowledge, and experience to prepare me for work force. If you are being educated on how to teach health & fitness, you should have experience with actually TEACHING health & fitness. It was incredibly important for me to learn how to interact with participants/clients, and find confidence in myself with what I was teaching; my PEAK experience helped me find that. I have been graduated from the U for almost 3 years, and currently working at the University of Utah hospital as an Exercise Specialist. I am eligible for the Employee benefit and decided to sign up for a PEAK fitness class myself. I know how much work goes into preparing those classes, and how thorough Traci is with preparing students to teach classes. I have now been on the student side and the participant side and it's obvious that PEAK Health and Fitness is VITAL to the educational mission of the ESS department.” Elizabeth Featherstone (former student) . 12/2014.

Teaching Philosophy

I like the metaphor of teacher as tour guide and students as travelers. Like travelers, students often come to class knowing a bit about the location/subject with an idea about where they want to go (career goals) and would benefit from guidance. An excellent tour guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the location and builds a relationship with the travelers to gain a better understanding their interests and abilities.  These attributes allow the guide to suggest additional destinations or activities that meet the needs of the travelers and give them experiences that were previously unknown to them. Ideally this is an active process with both guide and travelers building on what they know about the destination through their real-life experiences. My job as a teacher is to help students gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals and potentially inspire them to pursue additional/different directions (careers, graduate school) based on their strengths, weaknesses and interests.  

I currently teach the capstone internship class for undergraduate Kinesiology students seeking a career/graduate school in the fitness/wellness career field. Students complete 200 hours working at an internship site (or sites). I aslo teach the Health Preceptorship Internship class of the Health education Program. I want students enrolled in the classes I teach to understand the connection between what we learn/do in academic classes and how those skills, knowledge and abilities can be put to use in the real world. Through their internship(s), the students have opportunities to put their knowledge into practice in ways that have meaning for them. I build reflection into the educational experiences to encourage students to make connections between what they are learning/practicing and their individual goals and interests. This capstone classes helps enrolled students complete the transformation into practicing professionals with experience to step into the fitness career of their choice. 

Courses I Teach

  • ESS 4810 - Supervised Internship
    Provides students with capstone fitness leadership experience. Under the supervision of a university coordinator and a field supervisor, students will be immersed in the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities of a practicing fitness leader. In addition to their programming responsibilities, students will be asked to relfect upon their experiences and chronicle their experiences in journals.
  • H EDU 5990 - Health Preceptorship
    This course is designed to provide academic credits for internship in Health Promotion and Education or closely related field. Students will work for an organization or agency applying concepts learned in core classes with the supervision of the internship coordinator and agency sponsor. Students must receive prior approval from the internship coordinator before beginning their internship.