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MSAT Program Faculty

MSAT Program Faculty - College of Nursing and Health Innovation

More Than Motivated

Our AT Faculty answers the question:
"What excites you about being a faculty member in the UTA MSAT program?"

Dr. Paul Krawietz:

Ms. Meredith Decker
There are many things that excite me about the UTA MSAT program, but by far one of the most exciting things is our faculty's unified commitment to making this program the best it can be. We have continually made improvements to the program to ensure student success. Our profession and the vision of athletic training education is evolving, and we as a faculty use our involvement in athletic training service at the state, district, and national level to keep our program a step ahead.

Dr. Cindy Trowbridge:
I am most excited about the growth of our Athletic Training Program; we have four full time faculty dedicated to your education and we have a close relationship with our collegiate athletic training staff. Each faculty member is dedicated to the success of our students in the classroom, in the clinical setting, and in the job market when the student graduates. We have excellent resources of clinical sites across a wide-spectrum of patients and we actively involve students in research projects that are exploring evidence-based practices. Our classrooms are designed around active learning and are actually classrooms within an athletic training clinic, we have state of the art therapeutic modalities and equipment to assess and treat injuries. We also offer a standardized patient laboratory experience that allows students to practice and receive feedback on their clinical skills in a “low stakes” environment, as the patients are actors. The faculty members and staff athletic trainers are also very involved in service for the NATA, NATA Foundation, SWATA, CAATE, and BOC and seek to get students involved at different levels. UT-Arlington is exciting because it provides a door of opportunity to the world of Athletic Training…all you have to do is open it and walk through.

Dr. Luzita Vela:
My academic endeavors in scholarship, teaching and service are all founded upon a strong belief in patient-centered strategies that focus on timely clinical decision making and clinical outcomes assessment. In particular, my teaching practices are influenced by my varied clinical experiences as an athletic trainer as well as my research interests in evidence-based practice. I believe that having high expectations is absolutely necessary in athletic training education. I not only want students to learn but I also want them to be reflective learners. I believe that engaging students in the learning process, making them accountable for learning, and fostering a relationship in which I can serve as an active mentor are all educational practices that produce mature clinical athletic trainers.

Program Faculty

Paul Krawietz, EdD, ATC, LAT - Associate Clinical Professor; Director and Advisor, Athletic Training Program; Director of Graduate Student Services
Education: Texas A & M University- Commerce, EdD; Eastern Kentucky University, MEd; Texas Tech University, BS

Meredith Decker, MS, ATC, LAT - Assistant Clinical Professor; Clinical Education Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Kent State University, MS; California University of Pennsylvania, BS
Residency: Ben Hogan Sports Medicine

Cindy A. Trowbridge, PhD, ATC, LAT - Associate Professor; Director, Therapeutic Interventions Laboratory
Education: Brigham Young University, PhD; Indiana State University, MS; University of Colorado, BS

Luzita Vela, PhD, ATC, LAT - Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Standardized Patient Laboratory
Education: The Pennsylvania State University, PhD; Barry University, MS; Texas Woman’s University, BS