Why Exercise Science
I used to be a competitive Irish dancer and I had chronic knee pain from all of the physical stresses of dancing. I had to go see a physical therapist in high school, and this introduced me to the world of exercise science. Through further research, I realized that I wanted to prevent injuries rather than rehabilitate them. When I came to Mount Union as student perusing my Bachelor of Science degree, I had intentions of using my acquired knowledge to be a personal trainer and work on a cruise ship post graduation. However, when I was introduced to the Diversity Internship my senior year, I decided to apply to graduate school and begin a career focused on research and teaching.
I really like making students think. I once had a student say to me, “You’re so much more than a professor.” I really enjoy getting to know students on a personal level. I’m very proud knowing they can trust me to help them with career choices, introduce them to career opportunities and make them think about life after Mount Union.
Often times, rather than just "giving students the answers," I will present them with a scenario relevant to our current topic. I will then encourage them to pull together the information they have learned in classes prior and allow them the opportunity to come up with the answers by using critical thinking. I also facilitate a lot of class disscusion, show documentaries, YouTube clips and provide hands-on opportunities to learn.
Favorite Part of Job
Working with students…getting to know who they are, how they think, why they choose exercise science and what they intend to do with it. An exercise science degree isn’t terminal – you can be a physical therapist, a personal trainer, medical doctor, strength and conditioning coach, physician’s assistant, occupational therapist and you can work clinically or in the community. I get to help students look at their options and become the best candidates they can be for jobs after Mount Union.
I'm currently developing projects that will look at overall daily activity and potential health improvements when participating in the Healthy Campus wellness program. However, in the past four years, the target of my research has focused primarily on how the ovarian cycle affects female power output, flexibility, and perception of aerobic exercise. I have also either published or been included in projects involving metabolic rate and body composition and testing the effectiveness of new exercise equipment for private companies.
Favorite Spot on Campus
I am biased to where all the exercise science equipment is housed, so I would have to say the MAAC.
Speaking as an alum of the university and now a faculty member, Mount Union is very dear to my heart. At UMU, you will never be treated as a number. The faculty continuously go above and beyond the expectations and our student satisfaction surveys evidence this. We will stay after class for questions, meet one-on-one with students and truly provide them with the resources necessary to succeed after graduation.
Exercise Science as a Major
A world of careers is available with an exercise science degree. Specifically, at Mount Union, our major designates both an applied track of study for those wishing to join the workforce immediately and a graduate track where you are sure to take the required prerequisites for graduate school. This makes us unique because we provide an education catered specifically to the goals of our students after graduation.