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Health & Physical Education: Faculty & Staff

Shelby W. Yeager, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, NASM-PES, FMSC

Department Chair
348-6211 ext. 2515
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 211

BS in Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training from Temple University
MEd in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University

Specific Interests
Functional Movement Screening (FMSC certified)
Throwing mechanics of baseball pitchers

Dr. William Gear, PhD, LAT, ATC

Full-Time Faculty
Director of the Athletic Training Program
348-6259 ext. 2692
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 210

BA – Physical Education (Athletic Training), California State University, Long Beach
MS – Exercise Physiology, California State University, Sacramento
PhD – Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh


Research Areas
Injury Prevention
Therapeutic Interventions


Specific Interests
Actual vs perceived stability of prophylactic ankle support
Effect of fatigue on proprioception
Therapeutic application of low level laser therapy

Dr. Angela Hillman, PhD. ECP

Full-Time Faculty
348-6259 ext. 2384
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 209

BS - Exercise Physiology, The University of New Mexico
MS - Physical Education, The University of New Mexico
PhD - Exercise Physiology, The University of Hull

Other Certifications
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), American Society of Exercise Physiologists

Research Areas
Exercise Physiology
Oxidative stress

Specific Interests
The stress response to exercise in extreme environments and ways to ameliorate the negative impact on the whole body and performance
Post exercise recovery and adaptations

Kathy Uhranowsky, RN, CCRP

Human Physiology Lab Manager
Clinical Research Coordinator
(570) 346-6211 ext 6069
Room 102, Center for Athletics and Wellness


R.N. Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing 
B.S. Business Management, Misericordia University
Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) 

Functional Nutrition and Health Promotion

Elizabeth McGill

Pro-Rata Faculty
348-6211 ext. 2514
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 221

B.A. in History: Marywood University
M.A. in American History: St. John's University

Research Area
Higher Education

Specific Interests
Social/Economic constructs in Higher Education
Differences in state funding for public institutions
Public vs. Private institutions in regards to student population
Athletes and retention in Higher Education

Nelson Neal, Ph.D.

Full-Time Faculty
348-6211 ext. 2289
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 208

B.S.E. – Physical Education, SUNY College at Cortland, NY
M.S. – Dance: Applied and Technical, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Ed.D. – Physical Education: Motor Learning & Control, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Research Areas
Improving academic test scores and reducing obesity in young adults through a program of physical activity
Hemsley Winfield: First Black Modern Dancer
African-American Dancers and Dance Companies
Domain Discrimination in Dance Attitude Research

Specific Interests
Quality physical education as a core course in schools 5 days per week
Changing the word exercise to physical activity
Involving physical education majors in their professional associations

Dr. Ellen Payne, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT

Full-Time Faculty
348-6259 ext. 2283
Center for Athletics & Wellness, Room 212


BS- Athletic Training, Duquesne University
MA- Kinesiology, San Jose State University
PhD- Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno

Research Areas
Athletic training education
Athletic training and law
Higher education


Health & Physical Education Department, 2nd Floor, Center for Athletics & Wellness
For more information, contact Shelby Yeager at or (570) 348-6259.