Our faculty’s strong academic credentials are complemented by extensive real-world experience in athletic training, coaching, teacher education, fitness, the exercise sciences, and sport management. But most importantly, we are friendly, approachable and available! We take a genuine interest in student success both personally and academically, helping them do more than excel in the classroom. For example, students and faculty have served together in leadership positions with state and national professional organizations demonstrating that our faculty encourage and foster leadership.
We have about 385 students within the department. A typical upper-level major class averages about 20 students, ensuring personal attention and creating discussion oriented courses. Many of our majors are student-athletes. Some are surprised to discover that Department of Exercise Science instructors, most of whom were college student-athletes themselves, understand the unique challenges that face college athletes.
Dr. Donna Woolard
Dr. Donna Woolard, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science, has extensive experience as a teacher and coach at the high school and collegiate levels. A native of Washington, NC, Dr. Woolard joined the faculty of Campbell University in 1994. Under her direction, the Physical Education Teacher Education program at Campbell was cited as "exemplary" by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Recognized as an expert in the professional preparation of physical education teachers, Woolard was personally cited as an "exemplary" teacher educator by NCATE and NCDPI. Dr. Woolard is an active member of SHAPE America and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM). She has been a member of NCAAHPERD-SM’s Executive Board for more than a dozen years, serving as President in 2007 and Executive Director from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Woolard has been the recipient of numerous Alliance awards, including two Presidential Citations, the Service Award, University Teacher of the Year, and its Honor Award. Since becoming chair of the department in the fall of 2008, Dr. Woolard has overseen the growth of the department from 184 majors to a current enrollment of over 330 majors. She has also been instrumental in the addition of a Sport Coaching Major, a Sport Management Communications Concentration, and pre-professional preparation tracks in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Medicine.
Dr. Kymm Ballard
Dr. Kymm Ballard joined the department as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Program in 2014. Dr Ballard is an alumnus of Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also serves as the Partnership Development Specialist for SPARK, a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. Her role with SPARK is to seek and maintain partners and funding for SPARK in effort to provide quality research based physical education/activity to schools and organizations around the country and world. Dr. Ballard has 10 years’ experience instructing elementary and secondary students. She spent more than 11 years working at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction working with curriculum and athletics, securing resources, and providing professional development for implementing effective health, physical education, and athletic programs. Dr. Ballard was awarded with the National 2002 P. E. 4 Life Advocate of the Year award for her work both in North Carolina and in Washington, DC. Dr. Ballard is also the first and only teacher to receive both the Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Health Education Teacher of the Year Awards in the same year. Dr. Ballard has received the NC Coach of the Year award and the highest Honor Awards presented by North Carolina AAHPERD. Among her most notable awards, Dr. Ballard was awarded the Channing Mann, National Administrator of the Year by her colleagues in National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Moreover, at the same national conference, she was awarded the highest honor award of the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Si McNeely award.
Dr. Sarah Christie
Dr. Sarah Christie joined the department faculty as an Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program in August of 2015. Dr. Christie is responsible for the oversight of the Athletic Training Program and instructing core athletic training courses. Prior to coming to Campbell University, she served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program at Greensboro College. Dr. Christie’s previous experience includes serving eight years as an Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Coordinator of Clinical Education at Georgia Southern University, and two years serving as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Christie received a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from James Madison University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from West Virginia University in 2002. Dr. Christie’s professional memberships include the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. She has presented at national, regional, and state levels and is enthusiastic in her support of student professional involvement as is witnessed by a number of athletic training student presentations at professional conferences. Dr. Christie is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. She serves as an American Red Cross Instructor. Dr. Christie’s research interests include team-based learning teaching strategies and patient simulation in athletic training education.
Dr. Mathew Gregoski
This fall, Dr. Mathew Gregoski joins the department as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. (MUSC). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Elon University, his Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology from Augusta State University, and his doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. He also completed formal training at the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Summer mHealth Institute, the OBSSR summer Randomized Clinical Trials Institute, the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute’s Population Studies Workshop featuring the Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities and Women’s Health Initiative studies, and a National Institutes of Health T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in vascular biology (HL66993) at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Gregoski also maintains a research training appointment with The Jackson Heart Study. Dr. Gregoski’s research focuses on transforming the current healthcare model through the use of gene x environment (GxE) and technology infused interventions particularly focusing in the areas of obesity, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and type II diabetes. He has previously published several manuscripts pertaining to GxE contributions to CV disease development/behavioral intervention efficacy, and technology infused mHealth interventions including: a smartphone stress reduction program capable of reducing BP, a medication adherence system to improve BP control, and a Bluetooth enabled acceleration tracker for minimally amble wound-therapy patients. He is currently working on a substantial grant from the American Heart Association on “Personalized Prevention of CVD: Role of Genetics, Stress, and Behavioral Factors”. Dr. Gregoski maintains a leading role in researching a range of topics from genomes to smartphones in the pursuit of developing personalized medicine interventions to aid in the reduction of health disparities among minority populations. His research has received multiple Citation Awards and a Research Scholar Award from the American Psychosomatic Society. He has also been a recipient of a Meritorious Citation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine and a recipient of best poster at the Georgia Statewide Childhood Obesity meeting.
Dr. Paula Parker
Dr. Paula Parker joins the Department of Exercise Science this fall after teaching 11 years at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, serving the last two years as the Chair of Sport Management and 7 years as the Graduate Coordinator for 2 Master of Science programs. Dr. Parker earned her doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology and as well as a masters in Counseling from West Virginia University in 2005. She also holds a master’s in Kinesiology with a Sport Psychology emphasis from Georgia Southern University. A native of Williamston, NC, Dr. Parker graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Dr. Parker's academic credentials are complemented with real-world experiences working in the sports industry, including 6 years with the Durham Bulls Baseball Club. She is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Parker’s research interests include gender and minority issues in sport and exercise, sport fandom, mentoring in sport, and positive psychology in sport and exercise.
Dr. Corrie Struble
Dr. Corrie Struble joined the department faculty in August of 2016 as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Program. She is responsible for overseeing the program's Clinical Education Experiences and teaching core athletic training courses. Dr. Struble's previous experience include serving as an Associate Professor and Program Director at Shaw University (2011-2016). She also served as the Associate Campus Dean at Strayer University's Raleigh Durham Campus (2010-2011). Prior to returning to North Carolina, she served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, a PRN Athletic Trainer at Providence Baptist Hospital, and the Clinical Education Coordinator at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Struble earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Carolina, her Master of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Boston University. She has presented professionally at the National and State levels and is currently an American Heart Association CPR Instructor. Professionally, Dr. Struble is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the North Carolina Athletic Trainer's Association Leadership Academy. She has presented nationally and at the state level.
Coach Mary Weiss
Mary Weiss is joining the department after 30 years of coaching Lady Camels Women’s Basketball and serving 12 years as the associate head coach. “The loyalty and dedication Mary has shown to this university and to our women’s basketball program is often unheard of in this day and time,” said former head coach Wanda Watkins. “Her longevity at Campbell as well as her service has given us consistency in our staff and has permeated the idea of being dedicated to our purpose.” Coach Weiss graduated from Chowan in 1983 with an associate degree in physical education. She then earned her B.S. in physical education at Campbell in 1985 and in 1987 obtained her master’s degree at Campbell. Coach Weiss will coordinate the department’s Physical Education Program and teach courses in the sport coaching major.
Dr. Jennifer Bunn
Dr. Jennifer Bunn joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2010. In the summer of 2016, she moved to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences' Department of Physical Therapy as an Assistant Professor of Health Professionals Studies and Director of Research. Despite the move, Dr. Bunn continues to work with Exercise Science students, including them in her research and promoting their academic growth beyond the classroom. Her educational background includes a doctoral degree from Baylor University in exercise physiology and sport nutrition, a master’s from the University of Kentucky in exercise physiology, and a bachelors of science in health and physical education from Nicholls State University where she also played volleyball. Dr. Bunn came to Campbell after completing a postdoctoral research appointment at Baylor University in the Mind Body Medicine Research Laboratory. She is an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of student research. An accomplished researcher herself, she proudly serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Exercise Science, which publishes only articles listing student authors. She was recently awarded a research grant by GN Netcom to validate a new optical sensor heart rate monitor. Her research interests include: behavior modification for improvement of healthy lifestyles, gender differences in aerobic and anaerobic training adaptations, ergogenic aids, and skeletal muscle atrophy (aging and injury induced). She is currently conducting research validating the use of different accelerometers for distance and energy expenditure. Her work has appeared in respected journals such as Respiratory Care and Nutrition Journal. As an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), she presents research at both the Southeast Regional and national ACSM conferences.