Demonstration of Faculty Expertise & Scholarship

The 2020 Standards require that core faculty in the athletic training program demonstrate scholarship and that they maintain an area of contemporary expertise.  Luzita Vela, PhD, ATC, and Ericka P. Zimmerman, EdD, LAT, ATC, CES, PES will discuss faculty qualifications as they pertain to the 2020 Standards at the Accreditation Conference in Tampa, FL. This panel of experts will speak on Saturday morning, October 13, 2018.  Make sure you take advantage of extended regular registration pricing by registering today!

Luzita Vela, PhD, ATC (University of Virginia)

Luzita is a faculty member and Clinical Education Coordinator in the University of Virginia’s professional athletic training program. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, Luzita was a faculty member in the CAATE accredited professional athletic training program at the University of Texas Arlington. In her role at UTA she taught and coordinated the Standardized Patient Lab and facilitated interprofessional education activities. She also worked at Texas State University where she served as the Clinical Education Coordinator for 6 years and also served as the Coordinator of the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program and Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences program for 2 years. Luzita has also worked clinically as an athletic trainer in her jobs at both West Chester University and Hope College.

Luzita is an active member in the profession. She serves on the CAATE Standards Committee and on the editorial board of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. She also reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Training Education Journal.  She served on the Professional Education Council and helped to develop the 5th edition of the NATA Education Competencies. She also served on the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC). Luzita’s research interests include evidence based practice, disablement, clinical outcomes assessment and understanding clinical reasoning of novice clinicians.

Ericka P. Zimmerman, EdD, LAT, ATC, CES, PES (Western Carolina University)

Ericka Zimmerman is the Director of the School of Health Sciences and Associate Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.  She earned her master’s degree in physical education/athletic training from Indiana State University and a doctoral degree from Marshall University in Leadership Studies, where her doctoral work focused on risk management for athletic trainers. She is certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) and is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners (NCBATE).  Before entering the academic arena full-time Dr. Zimmerman was a clinical athletic trainer in the university setting and worked closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to develop and implement the NAIA-ATA Sports Medicine Handbook.  Prior to her arrival at Western Carolina University she was an associate professor and program director for athletic training and the Chair for the Department of Athletic Training at the University of Charleston. She is a 2016 recipient of the BOC’s Dan Libera Service Award and a 2017 recipient of the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.