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Meet Our Professors: Artis Grady, Nutrition

Artis Grady began her career as a registered dietitian in hospitals, government programs, and is now an associate professor at SUU. With many changes in the field and new theories to teach, she is able to instruct students in this dynamic field. Teaching nutrition theories for infants to athletes, Artis keeps students up-to-date on the improving discoveries of nutrition.

Associate Professor

Agriculture and Nutrition Sciences

How long have you been working at SUU?
27 years

Where did you grow up?
Cedar City, Utah

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Dietetics at Brigham Young University
-Master’s of Education at Utah State University

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
As a Registered Dietitian (RD), I have worked in many different capacities. I have been an Administrative Dietitian at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kirkwood, MO and also at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN and Utah Valley Hospital, Provo, UT. I have also worked as a consulting RD for WIC program/health department and for a private cardiologist in St. George.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
In eighth grade my home economics teacher introduced me to the field of dietetics. I knew then I loved it and set my goal of becoming an RD. It combined with food/nutrition knowledge and skills with a medical field—both of which I became very passionate about.

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
The field is dynamic. I’ve seen so many changes over the course of my career.  There is always something new to learn.  And, since everyone eats, it applies to everyone.

Favorite thing to teach about nutrition?
I love it all. I teach a wide array of subjects: sports nutrition, food science/chemistry, nutrition of the infant and child, and the general education basic nutrition class.  I’d be hard-pressed to pick one over the other. All have exciting information and potential application.

Why do you love your field?
There are opportunities to do many different things: teaching and research here at SUU, but also many other career options for a Registered Dietitian.  As we moved about the country during the early years of our marriage I was able to work in a wide-array of jobs in the dietetics field. My career was never stagnant.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
The growth of our nutrition program and the success we see students experience as they head off to graduate schools all over the country in everything from dietetics to medical school, pharmacy to physical therapy, dental school to physicians assistant. The basis they have in nutrition at the undergraduate level is applicable in so many fields.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class? (about college or life?)
You have the opportunity to be successful.  You are not entitled, it comes with hard work, but the rewards can be tremendous!

What do you love about SUU?
The opportunity to get to know terrific students and over-time watch them become successful in their chosen career paths.