Sue Stevens, EdD, AT, ATC

Senior Associate Dean and Director, School of Health Professions 540-887-4084

Dr. Susan “Sue” Stevens joined Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in August 2018 as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Stevens previously served in a variety of experiences in higher education with increasing leadership positions throughout her career moving from a clinical education coordinator in accredited athletic training programs at Elon University, Elon NC and University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro NC. She was also the Master of Athletic Training Program Director and Health and Human Performance Department Chair at The University of Findlay. She also served as the chair of the Institutional Review Board, the vice chair and chair of the Undergraduate Council as well as vice chair of the Faculty Senate at The University of Findlay.

She has also held external leadership positions including Secretary, President Elect, and President of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainers Board. She was also a member of the Public Relations Committee, College and University Committee, and Governance Restructuring Task Force for the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. She was also selected as a member of the Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team, which is an international exchange program for young professionals. This experience included a month long professional and cultural exchange in Italy where she was able to interact a variety of health care and other professionals to learn more about international health care systems.

Stevens brings considerable experience with the quality improvement model of program and curricular assessment through the completion of numerous internal assessment reports as a program director and department chair, and recognizes the importance of setting appropriate goals and objectives, collecting data to measure success, developing action plans for continuous improvements and closing the loop by assessing successful completion of the action plan while always trying to move in an upward spiral of improvement.

She is also a firm believer in the role of experiential education for students. Every student should have at least one professional opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom out in the community. Experiential learning is vital to student development, moving from laboratory experiences, to clinical rotations, to internships, study/ service abroad or locally.

Stevens began her career as a practicing collegiate athletic trainer with experience at different levels of competition from a small private institution (NAIA II) to the mid major NCAA I level and has been a BOC certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 1993. She is also a Virginia licensed athletic trainer (AT). Providing health care to athletes as part of the sports medicine team is an amazing opportunity no matter the level, highlights of her clinical practice include international travel with multiple teams, providing health care services to elite athletes during NCAA post season events at all divisions, and the opportunity to provide health care services to olympic caliber athletes. She was also honored to be on the Host Medical Team for the 1999 Special Olympics World Games in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh North Carolina.

Research Interests:
Her primary research interest involves students learning through clinical experiences. She has presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and at the NATA Athletic Training Educator’s Conference as well as other regional and state meetings. She has been published in Athletic Therapy Today and Athletic Training Education Journal.

Academic Credentials:
Doctor of Education in Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2005
Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Training, Indiana State University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training, Capital University, 1993