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
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…
Megan Chawansky is a member of Otterbein's Experts Bureau. To speak with an expert, please contact Director of Communications Jenny Hill at email@example.com or 614-370-3221. Expert Profile 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…
Professor & MSAH Program Director
Professor Erica Van Dop is an Instructor 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 is currently a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University studying Health and Human Behavior…
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…
Paul Longenecker is a member of Otterbein's Experts Bureau. To speak with an expert, please contact Director of Communications Jenny Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-370-3221. Expert Profile 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…
Kristy McCray is a member of Otterbein's Experts Bureau. To speak with an expert, please contact Director of Communications Jenny Hill at email@example.com or 614-370-3221. Expert Profile 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…
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.
Professor, Department Chair, Athletic Training Program Director
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,…
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,…
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.
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Clinical Instructor
Amanda Lusky is a full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer and adjunct professor for the Athletic Training major at Otterbein. Amanda's experience as an Athletic Trainer stems from Division 3 settings and outside experiences with the ESPN Wide World of Sports and the AFL team Pittsburgh Power. She has acted as preceptor to athletic training students in the clinical setting for three years at Otterbein.
Part Time Faculty in Health & Sport Sciences