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Introducing the Faculty & Staff of the School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies
Deborah Swanton EdD, ATC, LAT
Dean, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies; Chair, Athletic Training
Dr. Swanton has been with Endicott College since 1993 as the Head Athletic Trainer responsible for the care and prevention of injuries to athletes, and instructor in the Athletic Training Program. She was appointed Chair of the Athletic Training Program in 1995, and under her tenure the Program was granted CAAHEP Accreditation in 1997. She has implemented the Athletic Training Speaker Series designed as an interactive forum in which students and allied health professionals probe topics in sports medicine. Dr. Swanton was appointed Dean of School of Sport Science in 2006 and is Chair of Athletic Training. She currently teaches Athletic Training I and Organization and Administration of Athletic Training. Professor Swanton also teaches in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Athletic Administration Program instructing Management and Leadership in Sport and Athletic Administration and Communication in Sport.
Dr. Swanton completed her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University in 2002. She has represented the College at a number of regional and international professional seminars. She is responsible for directing Endicott's partnership with the United Kingdom's Youth Sport Trust (YST) and has organized student internships and faculty development opportunities for faculty and staff in the UK. Work with the Youth Sport Trust also includes coursework and study tours for the development of competition managers in the UK. In April of 2009, Endicott and the YST co- hosted Playing Your Part In the Team, a physical education conference devoted to building a brighter future for young people through physical and education and sport. A number of topics were explored through keynote presentations, networking, workshops, and active learning sessions. Highlights included best practices in teaching physical education in the United States and in the United Kingdom, using physical education to enhance learning across disciplines, incorporating movement in the elementary classroom, and building community links.
Professor Clayman has been a force behind the growth and revitalization of the programs in Sport Science & Fitness Studies. Over the course of her career at the College, Professor Clayman has taught classes in Physical Education, Sport Management, Health Education, Aerobics, and Weight Training. As advisor to the Fitness Club since 1990, Clayman has successfully increased the participation of faculty, staff, and students in aerobics and weight training programs. Her Personal and Community Health classes each semester organize health fairs on campus to create an awareness of health promotion. In addition to her work at the College, Professor Clayman serves as an evaluator of continuing education programs for Aerobics Certification at the national level as well as serving as a professional review for the Desert Southwest Fitness Organization. This organization provides in-service courses for fitness professionals in many various fields.
Beth became a full-time faculty member for the Athletic Training Program in 1998, after teaching as an adjunct for two years. She currently teaches the following classes: Structural Kinesiology, Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise, Kinesiology, Introduction to Athletic Training Labs, Clinical Education 402, Athletic Training II, and First Aid and CPR. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered from years of experience working within the field of Athletic Training. Prior to joining the Endicott staff, Beth was the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for 6 years and Northeastern Illinois University for 4 years prior to that. Beth received her MS degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana in Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology in 1987 and a BS degree from the same institution in Athletic Training/Bioscience in 1985. Besides National Athletic Trainers Certification and Massachusetts licensure, Beth holds CPR Instructors Certification from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Gentile joined Endicott College in 1994, she has held a variety of positions in the College Athletic Department such as Senior Woman Administrator, Head Soccer Coach, Intramural Director, NCAA Compliance Coordinator, Summer Camp Director, and coordinator and instructor in the Sport Management Program. While earning her Master's degree from Springfield College she worked in the Springfield Athletic Department and Springfield Sports Information Department. In 1995, Professor Gentile was appointed Associate Dean of the Sport Science & Fitness Studies Division and continued to teach Principles of Sports Management, Sports Marketing, and Sports Law.
In the fall of 2000, she became a full time faculty member. She genuinely enjoys helping students make the most of their years at Endicott. In 2001 she received her doctoral degree from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Gentile was also the Volunteer Coordinator for the WUSA Boston Breakers in their inaugural seasons. In 2004, Gentile stepped down from coaching the women's soccer team for 11 successful seasons. She was actively involved in coaching with the Beverly Youth Soccer Association serving as Player Development Director for close to 10 years. In addition, Gentile still operates Precision Soccer which runs many youth camps and coach education clinics. In 2012 she was honored with the "I Coach Because" recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In 2006, Gentile was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. Dr. Gentile currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the College. Her research from 2006 to 2009 centered around incorporating technology into the sport management curriculum. She has presented her work at the AAHPERD Convention on multiple years and at the North American Society of Sport Management Conference. She enjoys studying the impact of technology in the Sport Management Curriculum. In the spring 2008 semester, Dr. Gentile conducted research during a sabbatical leave which led to the publication of her book, Teaching Sport Management: A Practical Guide.
Most recently she is a contributing writer at Soccer Nation News with a large reader base. She also served as the Soccer Ambassador and marketing content writer for Korrio, Inc. for the last two years. Gentile is a prolific speaker at a number of youth sport association meetings.
Gentile is most excited about a new initiative that all students are invited to participate in organizing: Sport Awareness Day highlighted with a wheelchair basketball game. Sport Awareness Day will be an annual event aimed to educate community members about the challenges and opportunities for disabled athletes and their families.
Dr. Doug Glazer has extensive teaching experience in physical education and is also a certified athletic trainer. He earned his doctorate from Springfield College, specializing in sport psychology. Dr. Glazer has a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University in athletic training and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Concordia University. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses in exercise science at Springfield College and was an athletic trainer at Yale University, Indiana State University, and Concordia University.
Dr. Katie Kilty holds an Ed.D. in Sport Psychology from Boston University. She has extensive sport management experience in the applied and academic settings. She also owns her own performance consulting business: MindPower Resources and has recently published a book titled Creating Healthy Habits. She has presented and published nationally and internationally in the areas of performance excellence, women in sport, coach education, adventure education and health and wellness.
Richard J. Nastasi
Rich Nastasi received his doctoral degree from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Previous to his appointment at Endicott, he served as an assistant professor in Human Movement and Sport Sciences at the University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia and as a lecturer in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. His academic interests include the study of heroism in literature, the integration of sport and philosophy into an empowering academic framework and the application of constructivist theories in the physical education classroom. Dr. Nastasi has published scholarly articles and commentary in refereed and non-refereed journals, co-edited an international conference' proceedings and has written book chapters on management ethics, scholarship and constructivism. He has presented papers at regional and national conferences as well as international presentations in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Nastasi has given plenary addresses on Character Education and Sport (Australia) and on Scholarship Reconsidered: A Sport Research Perspective (Lisbon). Rich was an athletic director, coach and high school teacher in previous lives. While he once was an intercollegiate basketball and baseball player, he now thankfully limits himself to recreational basketball and jogging.
Dr. Boyun Woo completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Seoul National University, South Korea and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Sport Management at The Ohio State University. Dr. Woo previously taught undergraduate sport management classes at the Ohio State University. She joined Endicott College in 2009 and currently teaches Sports and the Media, Sport Venue Management, Research Methods, and Senior Thesis. Her research interests include organizational behavior, consumer behavior, and cross-cultural studies in sport management.
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