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Touching Lives. Transforming Health Care.

MSAT Program Faculty

MSAT Faculty
Paul Krawietz, EdD, ATC, LAT - Cynthia Trowbridge, PhD, ATC, LAT - Laura Kunkel, EdD, ATC, LAT, PES - Meredith Decker, MS, ATC, LAT

More Than Motivated

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

Dr. Laura Kunkel:

Degrees and Credentials: EdD, ATC, LAT, PES
Role: Clinical Associate Professor; MSAT Program Director; Director, Standardized Patient Laboratory and Athletic Training Interprofessional Education
Texas Wesleyan University, EdD; University of Florida, MS; Augustana University, BA

I love that each faculty member has a unique role in student success, and that faculty use their individual talents to focus on developing students into excellent athletic trainers! All of the UTA MSAT faculty serve in a variety of ways at the local, state, district, and national level. This involvement not only keeps the faculty aware of current issues in the profession, but it also provides a unique networking opportunity for UTA MSAT students, in addition to the program’s large alumni network. UTA has always been on the cutting edge in athletic training education. The MSAT program is constantly evolving and staying ahead of the curve.

Dr. Cindy Trowbridge:

Degrees and Credentials: PhD, ATC, LAT
Role: Associate Professor; Director, Therapeutic Interventions Laboratory
Brigham Young University, PhD; Indiana State University, MS; University of Colorado, BS

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. UTA 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.

Ms. Meredith Decker:

Degrees and Credentials: MS, ATC, LAT, Doctoral Candidate (PhD Kinesiology)
Role: Clinical Assistant Professor; Clinical Education Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Kent State University, MS; California University of Pennsylvania, BS
Residency: Ben Hogan Sports Medicine

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. Paul Krawietz:

Degrees and Credentials: EdD, ATC, LAT
Role: Adjunct Professor
Education: Texas A & M University - Commerce, EdD; Eastern Kentucky University, MEd; Texas Tech University, BS

First and foremost: student transformation! To see and play a part in the learning, growth and development of our Athletic Training Students during our two-year program is very exciting to me as a faculty member in the MSAT program. I am always impressed by the change that occurs in our students as they journey from a novice to a professional upon graduation and credentialing. Moreover, I am grateful to be around our students when they experience great milestone events like passing the BOC exam, walking across the stage at commencement, and securing their first job. Other sources of enthusiasm for me are:

  • The opportunity to work with a very talented, accomplished faculty in the MSAT program and exceptional, experienced clinical preceptors at UTA and at our affiliated sites
  • The opportunity to shape and participate in an innovative curriculum, a standardized patient laboratory, and inter-professional education efforts, all supported by great facilities and equipment
  • A very supportive chair, dean, and administration
  • The great people here at UTA!