I left Mount Union as an undergrad and was able to work at the Division I level because of the diverse background attained here. I often tell my students, “The day you stop learning is the day you should prepare to fail.”
- Surprising Fact about Yourself
- I have taped the ankles of nine professional football players and presented at the 6th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences in Athens, Greece.
- Words from a Student
- The most surprising thing I’ve learned from a student is to take five minutes for myself each day. In fact, he gave me a framed sign that hangs in my office to remind me each day.
- Favorite Quote or Motto
- “To succeed and have a happy life, you need common sense, a commitment to hard work and the courage to go your own way. Interest is not enough –you must be passionate about what you do. Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. “ ~Robert Mondavi
- If You Weren’t a Professor and Certified Athletic Trainer
- I’d be involved in medicine.
- Places to Visit or Things to Do
- Australia and Ireland
- Favorite Movie
- Field of Dreams
- Favorite Book
- Anything written by Nicholas Sparks because he writes about the beaches in North Carolina, which is where I used to live!
- Hobbies and Interests
- Traveling, photography and cooking
- If You Could Teach Another Class
- Environmental physiology
Teaching Area(s): Athletic Training
Title: Director of Athletic Training Education and Instructor of Human Performance and Sport Business
After graduating Mount Union, I worked as an athletic trainer at Kent State University for two years. I then took a job as an athletic trainer and instructor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC for four years before returning to Mount Union.
I try to use a well-rounded approach when teaching. I understand that some learn by doing, some by seeing and some by hearing, so I attempt to do all three in everything that I teach. I use many of the aspects of cooperative learning as well. I believe that working in small groups encourages students to work independently and with each other.
Working at Mount Union
In the classroom I appreciate that students learn differently and my favorite is to see that ‘ah ha’ moment when a student understands and learns something new. I enjoy that no two days are the same and that every day presents new challenges. I also enjoy working with and being part of a team.
Our athletic training program provides real-life experience for our students. From the start of their journey in the program, students work with a certified athletic trainer and many athletic teams to help continue their education from the classroom to the field.
We prepare our students to continue to learn, grow and serve with a well-rounded liberal arts education. I left Mount Union as an undergrad and was able to work at the Division I level because of the diverse background attained here. I often tell my students, “The day you stop learning is the day you should prepare to fail.”
Caffeine, cognitive function, aerobic performance, anaerobic performance, environmental factors on performance, post-concussion syndrome
B.S., Athletic Training, Mount Union College
M.A., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University