- Master of Science, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia. Project: Enhancement and Implementation of a 5'Nucleotidase Enzyme Assay as an Assessment Tool for Zinc Status
- Bachelor of Science, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
- Dietetic Internship, Department of Nutrition, Georgia State University
- COI, Certified Online Instructor, Learning Resources Network
Staci is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She has experience in various clinical settings, public health facilities, private practice, and corporate wellness programs. She has been on the faculty at the University of Utah in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology since 2000 working full-time as an Assistant Professor (lecturer). In addition, she has served as an author for Elsevier Publishing since 2001 as the author of Williams’ Basic Nutrition and Diet Therapy (editions 12-16). Staci has also worked with Elsevier in the publication of several Nutrition Concepts Online Courses and as a contributing author for a number of other Elsevier textbooks.
Staci began teaching online classes in 1998 and completed her training in 2004 as a Certified Online Instructor (COI) from the Learning Resources Network, in River Falls, WI. She aims to stay on the forefront of online teaching by continuing her education through annual conferences and workshops offered by the Teaching Professor Conferences and the Academy of Health Sciences Educators, where she also serves as a Fellow.
Staci was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Health in 2019; the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Utah Dietetic Association in 2008; the Award of Merit in Increasing Access to Higher Education presented by the Utah System of Higher Education in 2006; and the Outstanding Instructor Award by the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah in 2003.