Georgia Southern University’s Office of Inclusive Excellence has named Maya Clark, Ph.D., to the inaugural class of Inclusive Excellence Faculty and Staff Fellows. Fellows were selected based on backgrounds, content expertise and commitment to the integration of inclusive excellence into the fabric of Georgia Southern. Clark currently serves as an associate professor for communication sciences and disorders in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and is the committee chair for the Waters College of Health Professions Inclusive, Equity and Access Committee.
Annually, the Waters College of Health Professions recognizes faculty for their contributions to Georgia Southern University, the College and the community. During the College’s convocation on August 10, 2020, six faculty were recognized for their accomplishments. Awards were based on the nominations and recommendations of faculty and staff. The following individuals were recognized:
- Charles “Hal” Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Senior Teaching Award.
- Tamerah Hunt, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Senior Scholarship Award.
- Debra Hagerty, DNP, RN, associate professor in the School of Nursing, was awarded the WCHP Senior Service Award.
- Gregg Rich, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Junior Teaching Award.
- Ron Snarr, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, was awarded the WCHP Junior Scholarship Award.
- Greg Ryan, associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kineisiology, was awarded the WCHP Junior Service Award.
Nicholas Siekirk, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, has been awarded a $3083.00 grant from Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Research Committee to support his research in examining how recumbent exercise may help those who have experienced a unilateral stroke.
“Exercise adherence is influenced by patient motivation but also by the availability of resources,” stated Siekirk. “Rural communities often lack adequate access to many health care resources. In addition, these communities are also plagued by commonplace lifestyle factors that increase the risk of chronic disease. The community’s advancing age, limited insurance, and cofounding financial burdens also exacerbate the problem.”
This research, in part, will provide survivors in the local community access to supervised exercise. The intervention Siekirk will provide will focus on improving the function of the affected side and examine how recumbent exercise may transfer to the patient’s walking ability.
“Exercise programs for stroke survivors should be aimed at not only increasing independence but also reducing risk factors related to chronic disease. Recumbent exercise can be a useful tool that requires minimal supervision and combines aspects of strength and cardiovascular training.”
In addition, the research will provide opportunities for current students like Jordan Brown to gain hands-on experience. Brown, a second year graduate research assistant under Siekirk, noted being involved in research at Georgia Southern as one of the best parts of her college experience.
“I share similar research interests with Siekirik to include topics on unilateral stroke and how exercise can help these individuals. While working with Siekirk, I have been able to learn so much about the research process, proper data collection techniques and how to work various pieces of equipment in the labs. Additionally, Dr. Siekirk has taught me how to write IRBs and informed consents.”
The research will be conducted in the newly renovated Waters College of Health Professions Kinesiology Research Laboratories located on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus.
Gregg Rich, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, and colleagues from Clayton State University and Clarkson University, recently published their research titled, “Student-Athletes at an Historically Black University (HBU): Examining the Relationships Between Student-Engagement on Campus and Career Situation Awareness” in the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience (JADE).
Their work examined the relationship between student-athletes’ engagement experiences on campus and their career situation awareness at a historically black university (HBU) with NCAA Division I affiliation in the Southeastern United States.
“Findings of the study determined minority student-athletes of both sexes benefit by attending an HBU as it pertains to social enrichment and career perspective, however, white student-athletes do not have the same academic involvement on campus as their minority counterpart,” stated Rich. “Interestingly, the more that black female student-athletes utilize collective academic settings, such as the library, and engage in socially enriching environments, the less likely they are to perceive themselves to be athletes versus students.”
NAKHE, an inclusive community of kinesiology professionals, extends its mentoring efforts into the area of scholarship by supporting mentoring and networking opportunities for tenured associate professors. The Engaged Scholar Program encourages faculty to continue their professional development efforts by providing financial support and a mentor/senior scholar.
For the second time in five years, a faculty member at Georgia Southern University has been named to the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education’s (NAKHE) Engaged Scholar Program.
Charles “Hal” Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, has been selected for the program. Over the next 12-month period, Wilson will have the opportunity to collaborate with senior scholar, Doug Hochstetler, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies at James Madison University, with the intent of completing a scholarly product.