From College of Fine Arts and Communications
Brigham Young University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and public address, and in 2004 with a master's degree in mass communications. In 2002, she was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant, which allowed her to travel to the Public Relations Society of America Educator’s Conference in Miami.
Smurthwaite is an editor and writer for the Marriott Alumni Magazine. She was interviewed for the Summer 2010 article The Great Escape.