I believe that success in the classroom is measured in more ways than just test scores. Success includes developing connections, leadership skills, self-efficacy, and internal motivation. I also believe that helping students deal with adversity through application of sport and exercise psychology concepts, such as resilience skills, conflict resolution, and communication can be the most rewarding type of success as an educator. Therefore, I strive to create a very positive, supportive, and interactive environment in the classroom. My classes will commonly participate in debates and case studies which incorporate current events, research, educated opinions, and course material. Well-rounded students become thoughtful and purposeful people and professionals, which impacts their connection to others in their desired field, as well as the continued, positive growth of the Sport and Exercise Studies Program at Randolph College.
These beliefs and procedures have been developed through years of teaching, consulting, and research. Much like I try to do in the classroom with all students, my research centers around creating an inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ athletes in sport. Despite the suggestion that several important developments have occurred over the past 15 years for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance, professional development opportunities for coaches still rarely include information about LGBTQ+ athletes and homophobia in the sport environment. Diversity education, specifically with regard to LGBTQ+ athletes, teaches the use of inclusive language, development of team policies, and appropriate response strategies to deal with concerns, incidents, or biases on the court or field. In the future, I hope to develop training courses and materials for youth coaches that can be directed at increasing understanding and acceptance, and decrease incidences of bullying and harassment within a team setting.
When class is not in session, I enjoy making casual games and activities way more competitive than they were intended and spending time with family, friends, and my two dogs, Reese and Kai.
I have a passion for teaching the exercise sciences! What a great experience to be able to do what I love on a daily basis. Having recently developed a new major in sport and exercise studies, I transitioned from my long wonderful career as head athletic trainer for the college to continuing to mentor students through teaching and advising responsibilities. Can you think of any other dream job? My background is in health and physical education, athletic training, and exercise physiology; therefore, I bring a wide range of discipline knowledge in mentoring our students. I hope they draw from my excitement and enthusiasm and pay it forward giving back their knowledge to others.
Observing student’s make connections between clinical/classroom knowledge and lab experiences that results in their “light bulb” moments in how to enhancement exercise or sport performance is the most rewarding experience. My favorite classes to teach are nutrition, exercise physiology, evaluation of athletic injuries, and exercise and health assessment. I utilize a hands-on applied approach in many of my classes, as I prefer to keep myself actively engaged with students.
I am an outdoor enthusiast! In my free time, you find me camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, or walking my dogs. When the outdoor fun is completed, I often retreat to a hammock or easy chair with a good book.