Jessica Nigg

Jessica Nigg

Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics, Assistant Professor

    Bradley Hall 013
    (309) 677-3737


PhD, Hospitality Management, Iowa State University
M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences - Dietetics, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences - Dietetics, Eastern Illinois University


Jessica Nigg is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with previous work experience in long-term care. She joined the FCS department in 2013. She is the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.


Dr. Nigg teaches a variety of courses in dietetics and the FCS core curriculum. Courses include Food & World Culture, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Consumer Issues, and Food Resource Management.


Dr. Nigg’s research interests include the intersection of hospitality and healthcare, older adult nutrition, long-term care foodservice, and food preparation skills.

Nigg, J.K & Arendt, S. W. (2020). Hospitality and tourism research from an FCS perspective: A 10-year review. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 112(2), 7-16. doi: 10.14307/JFCS112.2.7.

Nigg, J. K., Vollmer, R., Drake, T. (2021). “It just feels like I’m a kid back at home, with dinner made for me and the snack cabinet full”: College Students’ Reflections on Food-related Experiences during the Pandemic. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences113(3), 44-52. doi: 10.14307/JFCS113.3.44


She has held leadership positions in both the Central Illinois and Illinois Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

She is the faculty advisor for the Dietetic Student Association and serves on departmental committees.