Charlene Schmidt


Charlene Schmidt

Associate Professor, PhD, RD, CD
Food and Nutrition

Office: 225 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715/232-1994


Ph.D., UW-Madison, Continuing and Vocational Education, 2003, M.S., UW-Stevens Point, Nutritional Sciences, 1990, B.S. UW-Stevens Point, Dietetics 1989. Registered Dietitian, 1991.


Schmidt, C. and Knudsen, L. (Spring, 2009) “An Update about learning experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, that assist dietetic students in achieving competencies.” The Digest; Research practice group of the American Dietetic Associaiton.

Schmidt, C. and Verdegan, L. ( Fall, 2007). "Learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom that assist students in achieving competencies." Dietetic Educators of Practitioners.

Buergermeister, J., Harris, E., and Schmidt, C. (2006). "Using best practices and the Digital Environment to teach computer applications for hospitality." Information Technology in Hospitality, Vol 4.

Graff, A., Schmidt, C., Biggerstaff, E., Seaborn, C. (2008). Food Variety and Quality of Life in Congregate meal participants in Dunn County, WI. Food and Nutrition Conference, Chicago, preceding of ADA journal abstract.

Rott, C., Seaborn, C., Schmidt, C. , Taffalla, R., Pejsa, J. (2008). An eight week mindful eating education program increases self-efficacy and weight loss. Food and Nutrition Conference, Chicago, preceding of ADA journal abstract.


Knowledge and skill performance of dietetic students in motivational interviewing at UW-Stout. Sitges, Spain. Invited presenter, June 2009.

Health Behavior Change Experiential Activity, Motivational Interviewer Training Forum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2008.

Learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom, UW-Stout, Scholarship of Teaching and learning conference, May 2007.

Learning experiences in the area of problem based learning in dietetic students, Teaching for a change Conference, Park City, Utah, June 2007.

“Using best practices and the digital environment to teach computer applications for hospitality”, Dallas, Tx, and published online in Review of e-Tourism Research, June 2004.

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Nominee, College of Human Development, UW-Stout, 2007 - 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching and Service Award, Chancellor of UW-Stout Award, 2007 - 2008
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Finalist, College of Human Development, 2005
  • Outstanding Teaching and Learning Award, College of Human Development, (UW-Stout), 2004-2005
  • Outstanding Advisor of the Year, UW-Stout Student Dietetics Club, 2004

Research Interests

Teaching and Learning in the face to face and online environment, Childhood Obesity, collaborative learning among interdisciplinary team members in skilled nursing facilities, Motivational Interviewing in the nutrition counseling setting, Geriatric Nutrition, Legislation and reflective practices in teaching and learning.


“Motivational Interviewing knowledge and skills performed in nutrition counseling course at UW-Stout.” Spring 2009

Research Study participant, Dr.. Phil Price, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, audio comment in an online learning course, Fall 2007 – Fall 2008.

Research Study, UW-Stout, “Learning experiences that assist students, inside and outside of the classroom, in achieving competencies.” Spring 2007, Medical Nutrition Therapy course.

Qualitative data collection in:“Student engagement in learning,” University of Wisconsin-Stout students, 2006.

Courses Taught

FN 312/512 Nutrition Assessment, FN 406/606 Nutrition Education, FN 360/560 Nutrition Counseling, FN 413/613 Maternal and Child Nutrition, on-line course, FN 865 Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy and FN 406/606 Nutrition Education, FN 380 Community Nutrition, FN 417/617 Medical Nutrition Therapy I , FN 418/618 Medical Nutrition Therapy II. Workshops: Registered Dietitian Exam Review Workshop, UW-Stout, June 2004 and 2005 Advanced Training: Motivational Interviewing, July 2005, Train the Trainer Workshop and Certificate Program, Miami, FL, Nov 2006.