Faculty & Staff in Health & Sport Sciences

Health & Sport Sciences Office Information
Department Chair:
Dr. Joan Rocks
Location:
Center of Health & Sport Sciences, 140 Center St.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Contact:
Jane Kidder, Academic Administrative Assistant
Phone:
614-823-3528
Email: otterbeinhss@otterbein.edu

Robert Braun

Robert Braun

Associate Professor


Dr. Robert Braun completed his doctoral degree in Health Education at the University of Toledo. He earned his M.P.H. in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from George Washington University and a B.S. in Allied Health Professions from The Ohio State University. He also holds the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) credential and is a Registered Respiratory Therapist. His research is focused on health disparities among communities of color. He and his students have worked on many research projects which have been presented…

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Megan Chawansky

Megan Chawansky

Professor


Megan Chawansky, Ph. D., is currently an assistant professor of sport management. At Otterbein University, she teaches courses on global sports, sport marketing, sport facilities, sport psychology and sport finance. Previously, she served as a lecturer and the Assistant Director of the Global Center for Sport Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. She also worked at the University of Bath (UK) and the University of Brighton (UK), where she taught on the graduate program in sport for development. Her research…

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Erica Van Dop

Erica Van Dop

Professor & MSAH Program Director


Professor Erica Van Dop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Sport Sciences and has served as the Master of Science in Allied Health Program Director since Summer 2020. Prior to coming to Otterbein, she worked in the fitness industry for 10 years. Erica honed her skills in Kinesiology at Wheaton College, continued at Purdue University in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and studied Health Behavior at The Ohio State University with a minor in Public Health…

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Kim Fischer

Kim Fischer

Professor & Coordinator of Health Programming


Dr. Kim Fischer started her professional career at Bluffton University where she stayed for 19 years as a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the head coach of volleyball, basketball, and softball teams, and Associate Athletic Director. Following her time in Bluffton, she served as the dean and as an instructor in the massage therapy program at The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Worthington. Tasked with developing the Health Promotion and Fitness major (now Exercise…

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Paul Longenecker

Paul Longenecker

Senior Instructor


Paul Longenecker started teaching at Otterbein in 2012 with the introduction of the Masters of Science in Allied Health program. Prior to coming to Otterbein, Longenecker taught at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio in the College of Business and Leadership where he taught courses in the undergraduate business program, the Master of Organizational Leadership program and oversaw the undergraduate Health Care Administration major. Previously, he has served as adjunct faculty at Ohio University and The University of Toledo. In addition…

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Kristy McCray

Kristy McCray

Associate Professor


Kristy McCray, Ph. D., earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Southern California before working as an academic advisor for athletes at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She earned her Ph. D. from The Ohio State University in Kinesiology – Sport Management. She later served as the Executive Director for a non-profit rape crisis center; now, she combines her two previous work experiences to do research on sexual violence in sport, focusing specifically on sexual violence prevention…

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Shelley Payne

Shelley Payne

Professor


Dr. Shelley Payne is a Professor and leads our Allied Health major at Otterbein. Dr. Payne is also a physical therapist and athletic trainer with over 20 years of sports medicine experience. She is actively engaged in teaching and research in the areas of lower extremity biomechanics and injury prevention. She also maintains a research interest in life-long learning and learner self-direction and is published in this area as well.

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Joan Rocks

Joan Rocks

Professor, Department Chair, Athletic Training Program Director & Faculty Trustee


Although Joan has over 32 years of athletic training experience, her entire career has been focused on teaching and striving to be an effective educator. Her “biography” is therefore based on her teaching journey. It is Joan's educational belief that any instructor must establish the building blocks that create a strong foundation in the student’s learning processes. The basic building blocks that are taught at a young age include, trust, loyalty, friendship, and the ability to focus on future goals,…

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Ashley Simons

Ashley Simons

Assistant Professor


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Teri Walter

Teri Walter

Professor


Dr. Teri Walter has been teaching at Otterbein University for over 30 years in the areas of physical education, health education, and sport management. Considered a “generalist,” she has taught over 45 different courses ranging from Event Management, Sport Marketing, and Sport Facility Design, to Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, to Techniques of Teaching Team, Individual/Dual Sports, to Golf, Self Defense, and Pickleball. During her tenure, she has also been Otterbein’s Volleyball and Softball coach, Assistant Basketball and Cross Country coach,…

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Joe Wilkins

Joseph Wilkins

Instructor & Clinical Coordinator


Joe Wilkins is an Instructor and serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Education for our Athletic Training major at Otterbein. Mr. Wilkins is also an athletic trainer with over 18 years of sports medicine experience. He is actively engaged in teaching in the areas of upper extremity biomechanics and injury prevention.

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Jane Kidder

Administrative Assistant


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Danielle Kilboy

Danielle Kilboy

Interim Head Athletic Trainer


Danielle Kilboy is an Assistant Athletic Trainer with over 10 years of clinical experience. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Danielle has served as a part-time faculty member in HSS teaching a variety of courses.

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Susan Wismar

Violence Against Women Project Director & Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist


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Part Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences

Mark Anderson

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Laura Berger

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Patience Bowman

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Darrin Bright

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Andy Britton

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Pamela Conn

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Jayne Culloo

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Jeffrey Kasler

Part-Time Faculty in Allied Health


Robert Kemer

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Melinda Murphy

Part-Time Faculty in Theatre and Dance


Jessica Napolitano

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Nichole Oocumma

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Tammy Plaxico

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Bill Rice

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Leif Smith

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences


Tyler Stephen

Part-Time Faculty & Head Tennis Coach


Nadiya Timperman

Part-Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences