Jayme Walters is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work in May 2020. She earned her MSW and a certificate in Non-profit Organization Development and Management from University of Georgia in 2008 and BSW from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2007. She also received a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2015. Walters’ research specialization is rural nonprofits as mechanisms for improving the quality of life in rural communities. She has several peer-reviewed publications in social work journals regarding rural practice. Prior to her PhD education, Walters’ professional focus was in macro social work practice including non-profit management, program development, fundraising, grant writing, and administration. She has served as the primary author for over 150 program grants, earning $4.7 million for various non-profits. Further, Walters grew up in the rural Midwest which fueled her passion for helping rural communities. Walters is married to her husband, Jonathon, of 12 years, and they have a six-year-old daughter, Kate, and two dogs, Chloe and Roxy.