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UW Oshkosh Kinesiology and Athletic Training Faculty and Staff

David Beiser

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Exercise and Fitness
(920) 424-1323
Albee Hall, Room 102
Bio

Educational Background
BS in Health Promotion/Wellness, UW-Stevens Point
MS in Health & Kinesiology, Purdue University

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
I don’t have a main area of research per se. Instead, my interest lies in applying, within the fitness/wellness industry, what is found through research to achieve more effective and lasting results.

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Outside of teaching, my interests lie in training & conditioning individuals as well as presenting on topics in fitness/wellness for various groups. I enjoy pursuing additional knowledge and skills via books, courses, and trainings. Additionally, I enjoy hiking/backpacking, working with horses, and tinkering in auto mechanics.

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
Being a part of the Kinesiology faculty is an opportunity to ensure that students are provided ample opportunity and stimulated to learn accurate and up-to-date information in a positive and engaging environment.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
…understand that what they learned in their undergraduate is only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more to be learned. They must not grow complacent. To be truly effective, they must build upon the foundation they created at UW-Oshkosh. They must become experts at connecting and applying both old and new knowledge and skills.

Craig Biwer

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Strength and Conditioning Program Director 
(920) 424-3070
Albee Hall, Room 101B
Bio

Educational Background
BS- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
MS- Northern Michigan University


Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
My interests are in muscle physiology, strength training program design, and metabolism.

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Running and resistance training, enjoying the outdoors and reading about history.

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
It is a great responsibility to have the opportunity to teach the future professionals in our field at UW-Oshkosh. I take that responsibility seriously and enjoy watching our students develop over their time here.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...are well rounded in both the clinical, hands-on skills necessary in our field as well as the didactic education learned in the classroom. I also hope my students understand that there is no replacement for hard work and that it always pays off in the end.

Kim Calvert

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Athletic Training
(920) 424-3227
Kolf, Room 169G
Bio

Educational Background
B.S., Northern Arizona University
M.S., Indiana University

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Manual Therapy

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Watching soccer, music, reading

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
The greatest part of being a member of this department is collaborating with professionals from different disciplines to assist student development. We all share that common goal and our ability to put the student first has helped us produce excellent graduates who represent the university and the department positively.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...are fantastic clinicians with a passion for Athletic Training.

Kate Harrell

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Exercise and Fitness
harrellk@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-1323
Albee Hall, Room 102
Bio

Educational Background

I received my undergraduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Dietetics. From there I started my master's degree and completed my dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. Following my internship, I completed my master's degree in Exercise Physiology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest

I LOVE Sports Nutrition from the Dietetics side of my education and interest, and most especially sports nutrition for endurance and ultra endurance athletes. With regards to exercise, I have a passion for teaching group exercise and evolving group exercise to be more personalized/customized with safe exercises that are effective for all ages and abilities. Though I am not a researcher by nature, I love bringing the research to the level of application with the populations I am working with. 

Outside Interests / Hobbies
I am a glutton for punishment with endurance and ultra endurance running events, most preferably the marathon though I have completed up to a 50-mile run on the Pacific Crest Trail. I prefer to be on the trails, taking in the beauties of nature, and in the past have loved using destination events to see the country through running. I love the challenge each event provides and I love to apply my education and passion for sports nutrition to the sport of endurance running and continually push myself to achieve more. Outside of running, I love to be active in any way shape or form from gardening to biking, but also love my down time, which I try to fill with reading, crosswords and chasing my 3-year old nephew around. I recently moved back to Oshkosh to be closer to my family so am learning to slow down and 'smell the roses.'

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"

I am excited to join the faculty at UWO and am grateful for the opportunity to share my personal experience and knowledge in both sports nutrition and group exercise instruction. I hope to not only provide students with the scientific background in both realms but also the practical application and how to apply scientific concepts to our every day clients. 

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."

I hope my students are able to apply scientific concepts in a way that meets the needs of their clients. I want students to be able to see different situations from the vantage point of the practitioner but also the client and how to personalize their practice depending on the needs presented by their group or the individual. I also hope students strive to continue to learn and adapt their practice once they gain more hands on experience in the 'real' world. I strive to provide students with practical applications that better help them adapt to any situation they may encounter.  

Jack Johnsen

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Athletic Training
(920) 424-1200
Kolf, Room 169K
Bio

Educational Background

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Golfing, Athletics, and Family

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
I really enjoy teaching especially in my given profession of athletic training within the Dept of Kinesiology and feel that I am help mold the future professionals in athletic training.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
I want my students to become critical thinkers and strive for continuing growth as a professional and as a person upon graduation. I hope that my efforts to educate and my actions lead in being role model to our students and direct them into becoming a positive influence in society.

Lace Luedke

Exercise and Fitness; Healthcare–Science
luedkel@uwosh.edu  
(920) 424-0891
Albee Hall, Room 109
Bio

Educational Background

BS in Physical Therapy, UW-LaCrosse
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Central Arkansas
PhD  (Orthopedic & Sports Science), Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
ABPTS Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest

Risk factors for running injuries, effectiveness of screening for injury risk factors and effectiveness of interventions including gait retraining, therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular training for running and other lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries

Physical Therapy clinical practice in outpatient orthopedics

Outside Interests / Hobbies

Spending time with family, running, triathlon, strength training, reading, cooking 

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"

It’s an opportunity to share my experience as a physical therapist and enthusiasm for exercise science in teaching our students and to work with the other faculty members in a dynamic department.

 

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."

have the tools to think critically and use evidence to be life-long learners staying up-to-date in their professions.  

Laurie Mollenhauer

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Exercise and Fitness; Healthcare–Science
(920) 424-0824
Albee Hall, Room 109
Bio

Educational Background
B.S. Biological Sciences and B.S. Kinesiology—UW-Milwaukee; 
Doctor of Physical Therapy—Creighton University

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Physical Therapy clinical practice in the Acute Care environment

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Reading, exercise, and spending time with my family

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
It means that I have the opportunity and responsibility to shape the future of the spectrum of kinesiology related professions, and to share my love of learning with my students.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
Continue to ask questions, seek new knowledge, and share their knowledge with others.

Leigh Ann Mrotek

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Exercise and Fitness;
Healthcare–Science Program Director
Department Co-Chair
(920) 424-2321
Albee Hall, Room 106
Bio
Curriculum Vita 
Leigh Ann Mrotek Curriculum Vita 

Educational Background
B.S., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; 
M.S., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; 
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2005)

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
My research agenda was born in athletic experiences. There are so many examples of athletes making amazing corrections during incredibly complex movements. Often spectators are amazed by the athlete’s physical abilities, but what they should admire is the athlete’s amazing brain. Even in everyday situations the human brain can complete thousands of computations in just a fraction of a second in order to alter movement. For example if you slip on the ice but you catch your balance before a fall, your brain had to change many of the body’s movements to avoid crashing to the ground. In this example the brain made computations in order to control the movements of a very complex system, the human body.

How can the body be controlled to deftly and precisely? To attempt to answer this complex question, I study the abilities of humans to detect and correct errors during complex movements involving hand-eye coordination. We make and adjust our movements smoothly and efficiently depending on what is happening in the environment on an instant by instant basis. Furthermore, we make these alterations without having to consciously develop a change in the movement plan. These amazing abilities are poorly understood. With greater understanding of these behaviors we will also have greater understanding of the human brain and may be able to solve some of the mysteries of neural diseases.

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Yoga, Golf

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
There is great responsibility in being a faculty member at UW-Oshkosh. It is our duty to aid students in their comprehension of complicated material, and their progression to becoming professionals. Thus the high standards in our classes are necessary to produce high-quality professionals in the diverse and complex areas of Kinesiology.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...are superb professionals who continually try to improve their comprehension and remain at the forefront of their field throughout their careers.

Wade Peitersen

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Athletic Training
(920) 424-7138
Kolf, Room 169L
Bio

Educational Background
UW Oshkosh- BSE Physical Education
Western Michigan University- MA Physical Education (Athletic Training)

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Third party reimbursement, evaluation of injury, rehabilitation of injury

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Spending time with family, golf, weight training, running

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
The Kinesiology Department is a young and energetic staff committed to providing students with the most up-to-date information and a willingness to prepare them for future professions. I take great pride in being a part of this staff and seeing young students mature over time in the Athletic Training Education Program. Helping and being part of their education and then seeing them graduate and prosper as young professionals is a very self rewarding experience. The feedback from students and employers after they graduate is that UW Oshkosh prepared them very well for their athletic training profession. I believe this positive feedback is a result of the departments willingness to help in anyway possible and to see students succeed highly, which speaks volumes for this department.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...are able to bring knowledge from our program to their future employer and have success and happiness.

Deb Suess

Academic Department Associate
(920) 424-0834
Albee Hall, Room 105
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Dan Schmidt

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Exercise and Fitness Program Director
Department Co-Chair 
(920) 424-2321
Albee Hall, Room 106
Bio
Curriculum Vita 
W. Daniel Schmidt Curriculum Vita 

Educational Background
B.S., Health and Physical Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
M.S., Exercise Physiology, Purdue University
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Purdue University

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Metabolic responses to physical activity, athletic performance, military readiness

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Attending my kids’ sporting events, exercising

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
This is an exciting time to be a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. I have the privilege of working with young, energetic faculty members who are forward thinking and committed to developing outstanding professionals. Our students can be characterized as hard working, open-minded people who are a joy to be around.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
When our students complete their degrees and leave the friendly confines of UW Oshkosh, my hope is that they will achieve their own personal success and continue to reflect well on our department and the university as a whole.

Robert Sipes

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Athletic Training Program Director
(920) 424-1298
Kolf, Room 169H
Bio
Curriculum Vita
Robert Sipes Curriculum Vita

Educational Background
B.A., Judson College
M.S., California State University
Ed.D., Illinois State University

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Athletic Training Education (critical thinking, technology, problem based learning)
Injury Prevention in Overhead Athletes (upper quarter posture, scapular motion)
Alternative Methods of Rehabilitation (gaming and technology)

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Family, Traveling, Golf, Biking

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
It is exciting to be a faculty member in the Kinesiology department at UW-Oshkosh because of the potential to interact with students and to watch students grow from freshmen to professionals. The disciplines associated with the Kinesiology department are fast, energetic, health conscious fields which usually draw students who have those same characteristics. This makes teaching and researching in this department enjoyable and rewarding.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...are leaders in promoting and progressing the field of athletic training, with their knowledge and their actions, though out the nation and in a wide array of settings.

Kris Williams

Kris Williams

Exercise and Fitness; Strength and Conditioning
(920) 424-7130
Albee Hall, Room 101A
Bio

Educational Background
B.S.ed (Physical Education) University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
M.S.ed (Human Performance) Baylor University

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Research Agenda / Areas of Interest
Strength & Conditioning and speed development, progressive teaching techniques for sport skill development.

Outside Interests / Hobbies
I enjoy sailing and golf. Spending time with my family.

"What does it mean to be a Kinesiology faculty member at UW Oshkosh?"
I feel very fortunate to be part of an excellent staff in Kinesiology at UW Oshkosh. It is an honor to be teaching our young professionals and a challenge I am excited to welcome.

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
have a passion and understanding for their chosen field and generally appreciate the opportunity they have been given to learn and grow. I want our students to understand the importance of continued education as part of the process of being a professional and as a graduate of UW Oshkosh.

Lisha Zill

 

Strength and Conditioning 
hansonld@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-3070
Albee Hall, Room 101B
Bio

Educational Background
B.S., Kinesiology (Strength and Conditioning), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

M.S., Sports Management, Cardinal Stritch University 

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 

Outside Interests / Hobbies
Coaching, cooking, gardening, reading, running, traveling, and being outdoors.  

 "When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."

... take away the knowledge and inspiration to change peoples lives through nutrition, exercise, and overall health. 

Jenn Zuberbier

Athletic Training
(920) 424-7141
Kolf, Room 169I
Bio

Educational Background
B.S., University of Wisconsin Stevens Point; 
M.S., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Outside Interests / Hobbies
I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, reading and sports

"When they graduate from our program, I hope that my students..."
...take the skills and knowledge that they learned inside and outside of the classroom and be able to apply their knowledge to the career path that they choose.

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