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Heidi Stolz

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Fellow for Engaged Online Course Initiative, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Leader


Dr. Stolz’s research and teaching interests center on family wellness, family interaction, and family financial literacy. She is passionate about designing and delivering high-quality, engaging online courses and programs. She enjoys taking students on study abroad to various European destinations, both virtually and in real life.

(Currently accepting new graduate students)


  • Parenting
  • Mothering / Fathering
  • Parenting education


  • Ph.D. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2002
  • M.A. in Human Development, Washington State University, 1998
  • B.Ed. in Education, University of Puget Sound, 1989
  • B.A. in Economics (with Distinction), Whitman College, 1986

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Service

Study Abroad Programs

  • UTK in Sweden: Culture, Family, and Childhood
  • UTK Rome to Barcelona Food Study

Awards and Recognitions

  • UTK Faculty Fellow, Engaged Online Course Initiative ($5,000, 2021).
  • UTK Online Instructional Design Contract ($13,585; 2021).
  • UTK Faculty Fellow for Technology-Enhanced Teaching ($11,250; 2020).
  • CFS Online Instructional Design Contract ($6,500; 2020).
  • UTK Virtual Vol Bootcamp ($500; 2020).
  • UTK Online & Hybrid Teaching Support Award (UTK OHTSA; $2,500, 2020).
  • Irma Fitch Giffels Award ($3,000, 2018).
  • Jacquelyn Orlando DeJonge Faculty Award ($2,000, 2018).
  • Tennessee Dad: Engaging Fathers in Home Visiting ($607,500, 2015 - 2017).
  • Frances Speight Clark Award ($3,000, 2015).
  • Irma Fitch Giffels Award ($3,000, 2014).
  • Research of Instructional Technology in Education (RITE, $3,000, 2014).
  • Ready for the World Global Action Committee ($3,930, 2012).


Selected Recent Publications

LaGraff, M. R., & Stolz, H. E. (2022). Workplace flexibility, work-family guilt, and working mothers’ parenting behavior. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 15.

Renegar, R. G., & Stolz, H. E. (2022). Parenting education. In D. Schramm and S. Brotherson (Eds.), Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Renegar, R. G., Stolz, H. E., Baumgardner, M., Reimnitz, S. J., & McCaig, J. L. (2022). Trajectories of relationship quality and conflict in low-income parents receiving home visitation services. Family Relations, 1-18.

Baumgardner, M., Stolz, H. E., Renegar, R. G., McCaig, J. L., & Reimnitz, S. J. (2022). Perceived parenting history and current parenting attitudes: Examining maternal stress and depression as mediators. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31, 1880-1893.

McCaig, J. L., Stolz, H. E., Reimnitz, S. J., Baumgardner, M., & Renegar, R. G. (2021). Determinants of paternal engagement: Investigating low-income fathers’ caregiving, play, and verbal engagement with infants. Journal of Family Issues, 0, 1-21.

Connor, L. A., & Stolz, H. E. (2021). Child development knowledge and father engagement: The mediating role of parenting self-efficacy. Journal of Family Issues, 00, 1-21.

Stolz, H. E., LaGraff, M. R., Mullican, K. N., Connor, L. A., Green, M. J., & Clouthier, S. T. (2020). Exploring fathers’ engagement with home visiting: The Tennessee Dad project. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 2020(3), 1-16.

Stolz, H. E., & Green, M. J. (2020). Going hybrid: Traditional versus hybrid family interaction classes. Family Science Review, 24(1).

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