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Department of Kinesiology Faculty

Prior to teaching, UIndy’s kinesiology professors have served extensively in clinical and practical settings, from high school athletics to operations management. Many hold specialized licenses and certifications, and display scholarly excellence through published research in print and online publications. Our faculty members are students’ best coaches when it comes to education on the science behind exercise, health and wellness, and sports administrative practices, as well as support for research projects and finding internships. 

R. Wayne Burrow

Associate Adjunct Faculty
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion, 244 
317-788-5017
burrowr@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
intercollegiate athletics administration, event management

Background
Mr. Burrow has over 30 years of experience as an intercollegiate athletics administrator, bringing expertise in all areas of event management at the local, national, and international levels. His professional background includes work at four different campuses -- U.S. Military Academy, University of Texas at Austin, The College of William and Mary, and College of New Jersey. He worked for 17 years at the NCAA and 6 years at the Horizon League. In addition, he was on the Board of Directors of both USA Swimming and USA Diving. He brings experience in event management, ticketing, scheduling, fundraising, marketing and promotions, branding and sports information.

Education
M.S., Sports Administration, Ohio University
B.A., Geology, The College of William and Mary  

Fun fact
I have served as an event administrator at swim meets all around the country and the world, but my own swimming skills are severely lacking.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The opportunity to work with great students and outstanding faculty members

 

Dr. Trent Cayot

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion, 335 
317-791-5996
cayott@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
human performance and exercise programming

Background
Dr. Cayot helped operate a sports performance program and a clinical exercise program within a regional health systems in Toledo, Ohio. His primary research interests include the application of strength and conditioning principles to improve human performance, blood flow restriction in exercise and training, alternative exercise techniques, and exercise programming. 

Education
PhD, Exercise Science, University of Toledo
BS (Honors), Exercise Science, University of Toledo

Fun fact
I was the first person in my family to attend college. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
The friendly, supportive, close-knit community that UIndy offers to faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Cayot's research

Dr. Kara A. Cecil

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion, 336 
317-791-5613
cecilk@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
gerontology, health management and policy, emergency response

Background
Dr. Cecil has extensive grant-funded experience working with aging and vulnerable populations. She is interested in mitigating risk to vulnerable populations in many environments, including the workplace, care facilities, and during and after emergency situations. Dr. Cecil sees public health methods as a way to bridge a system of resources to reduce risk of harm to vulnerable adults. 

Education
Dr.PH, Gerontology and Health Services Management, University of Kentucky
MPH, Health Behavior, University of Kentucky
BA, Religion and French, Transylvania University 

Fun fact
I enjoy just about anything outside: hiking, walking our dogs, "pajama walks" with our kids, shopping, or reading.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The commitment to student success in all aspects of student life

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Dr. Michael Diacin, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Michael Diacin

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Master of Sport Management Program
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 243
317-791-5703
diacinm@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
sport facility operations and management; sociocultural foundations of sport; professional and curriculum development in sport management

Background
Dr. Diacin has a professional background in sport facility and operation management. Responsibilities have included the management of programming, personnel and revenues with multi-purpose sport and recreation facilities. Academic-related accomplishments include six publications as either lead or second author in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals as well as 12 presentations at state, national and international conferences.

Research Interests
parental involvement in youth sports; experiential learning and internship development in sport management; constraints upon family sport and recreation consumption

Education
PhD, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Tennessee
MEd, Sport Management, Bowling Green State University
BS, Sport Management, Bowling Green State University

Fun facts
I know how to drive a Zamboni (and fortunately have never run anyone over)!

Favorite thing about UIndy
I like the small class sizes and community atmosphere that exists on campus.

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Dr. Lisa Hicks, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. Lisa Hicks

Chair and Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 362
317-788-3995
lhicks@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
physical activity, physical education, wellness, wellness coaching, fitness coaching, program advocacy, exceptional teachers of physical activity

Background
As chairperson and associate professor at UIndy, Dr. Lisa Hicks has initiated several new academic majors and innovative programs, including several mutually beneficial community partnerships. Under her leadership the department has experienced significant growth, over eight-fold in 10 years, with increased enrollment in existing areas and with the addition of new programs in community health education, exercise science and Healthy Diploma™. Dr. Hicks has been elected and appointed to several significant professional positions including president of IAHPERD, National Association for Sport and Physical Education Steering Committee, American Kinesiology Association and National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. She has made over 50 professional presentations and authored more than 20 professional papers. 

Research Interests
•    factors that influence attitudes toward physical activity
•    factors that influence adolescent physical activity
•    strategies that influence positive teaching strategies
•    exceptional teachers of physical activity

Education
PhD, Pedagogy of Physical Activity and Health, Purdue University
M.S., Physical Education, Wellness, Ball State University
B.S., Physical Education, Ball State University

Fun facts
I once taught cardio fitness to over 100 participants where I was on a stage. I have recently become involved in tennis for the first time and cardio tennis has become my new favorite workout.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the friendly faculty who support students. UIndy offers a small student-to-faculty ratio with all of the advantages of a large city.

View Dr. Hicks' full CV 

Mindy Mayol, Department of Kinesiology

Mindy Hartman Mayol

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 367
317-788-3343
mmayol@uindy.edu 

Areas of Expertise
multidimensional wellness; exercise leadership and programming; worksite wellness and fitness; sport, exercise and health behavior; wellness coaching

Background
Ms. Mayol published the 2nd Edition of her textbook, Wellness: The Total Package (2008, 2012 © Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA), focusing on multidimensional wellness used at UIndy as well as by other institutions internationally. Worked in the health and wellness field for the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in corporate fitness management and with St. Vincent Health and The Care Group Cardiology in marketing and health promotion – all based out of Indianapolis, Ind. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a member of both ACSM and the American College Health Association. She was awarded the 2014 Faculty Achievement Award and the IAHPERD Recreation Professional/Leisure Educator of the Year Award in 2010.

Research Interests
multidimensional wellness in emerging adults; sport motivation and wellness in collegiate athletes; health and lifestyle perceptions and behaviors; generational and cultural aspects of wellness; wellness advocacy and fitness in higher education; wellness perceptions and impacts on academic persistence 

Education
PhD(c) in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University 
MS, Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
BS, Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Fun facts
I’m a midcentury modern art and furniture lover.

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy offers a tightly-knit, interdisciplinary environment for faculty, staff, students, the community and the Indianapolis area. 

View Ms. Mayol's full CV

 

Dr. Isabell Mills

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion, 369 
317-788-2403
millsi@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
event management and sport marketing

Background
Dr. Mills has co-authored articles in national and international journals related to consumer-based brand equity in professional sports, health clubs, and campus recreational sports. She has also presented her research at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Sport Marketing Association (SMA), and Global Sport Business Association (GSBA). Additionally, Dr. Mills has worked and volunteered with several sport organizations around Indianapolis, including Great Lakes Vally Conference, Special Olympics Indiana, Indiana Sports Corporation, NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, and NCAA Yes Clinic. She plans to continue her scholarly work in branding while developing a service and consulting agenda that will bring future partnerships to UIndy and the Sport Management program.

Education
Ph.D., Sport Management, Indiana University
M.S., Sport Management, Indiana University
B.S., Sport Management, Univeristy of Indianapolis  

Fun fact
UIndy is my alma mater and I met my husband, Braxton Mills, here.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The family atmosphere! Go Hounds!

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Heidi Rauch, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Interim Director, MPH Program

Dr. Heidi Rauch

Associate Professor and Interim Director, MPH Program
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 363
317-788-2054
rauchh@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
community health education, school health education, program evaluation, health advocacy

Background
Dr. Rauch served as a member of the faculty at Purdue upon completing her degree. Currently, she is an assistant professor of health education at UIndy, where she teaches a variety of courses in both the community health education and teaching health and physical education programs. She also serves as coordinator of the community health education program. She has given over 20 presentations at local, state and national professional conferences and has published 10 articles in the field while serving as a member of the board of directors for the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She also sits on the executive committee of the board of directors for the Social Health Association of Indiana.

Research Interest
Impact of health and wellness on learning; health advocacy, health policy, impact of wellness programming on health and business outcomes

Education
PhD, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, 2006, Purdue University 
MS, Health Promotion, 2000, Purdue University 
BS, Psychology, 1998, Marian College 

Fun facts
I played tennis in college and have recently taken up the game again. Cardio tennis has become my favorite workout.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the students and the fact that I have so much direct contact with them on a regular basis.

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Brian Reagan, associate adjunct professor of kinesiology

Dr. Brian Reagan

Assistant Professor, Assistant Coordinator - Healthy Diploma Program
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 346
317-788-3260
reaganb@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
dietetics/weight management, motor learning, biomechanics, health promotion

Background
Dr. Reagan has worked professionally in a variety of kinesiology-related settings, including the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), The Indianapolis Tennis Center and National Junior Tennis League (NJTL). He advanced to NAIA National Tennis Championships in 1998 (Tulsa, OK) and 1999 (Boca Raton, FL), which was a springboard to becoming a tennis teaching professional. He has taught in higher education for 10 years.

Research Interests
tennis injury prevention; coaches' knowledge of nutrition and injury; biomechanics of golf and tennis strokes; relationship between skillfulness and health

Education
PhD, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University (Indianapolis)
MS, Physical Education, Exercise Science, IUPUI
BS, Dietetics, Marian College

Fun facts
I love my wife, two kids, traveling (Las Vegas) and playing golf.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Great collaboration and leadership among my colleagues; food court; and access to exercise facilities

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Dr. Rich Robinson, assistant professor of kinesiology

Dr. Rich Robinson

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Exercise Science Program 
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 364
317-788-8021
robinsonrh@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
motor control and endurance performance

Background
Before earning his PhD in exercise science, Dr. Rich Robinson worked in the first Nautilus fitness facility in the Cleveland, OH area, coached high school swimming and tennis, was a student assistant coach for volleyball and track in college, and was an adjunct professor for three colleges and universities. He is an avid runner who still enjoys competing in trail races.

Research Interests
coordination and control of human movement; endurance performance

Education
PhD, Exercise Science, University of Toledo
MA, Motor Behavior, 1995, Kent State University
BS, Physical Education, 1984, Baldwin-Wallace College

Fun facts
I just became a grandfather and am loving the new role!

Favorite thing about UIndy
Friendly and supportive faculty and staff.

View Dr. Robinson's full CV

 

Melissa M. Sherman

Associate Adjunct
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion, 335 
317-788-5996
shermanm@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
worksite wellness and fitness; health promotion

Background
Ms. Sherman has worked professionally in a variety of kinesiology-related settings, including the YMCA of Indianapolis, WebMD, National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), the American Diabetes Association, and served as a research associate at the IU School of Nursing.

Education
MPH., Epidemiology, Indiana University - Indianapolis
BS, Exercise Science/Psychology, University of Indianapolis

Research Interests
Health and lifestyle perceptions and behaviors; diabetes management self-efficacy among children with Type 1 diabetes 

Fun fact
While a student in the UIndy Exercise Science Program, I played soccer for two years. While I have hung up my cleats, I am still an avid runner. I also love to hike and spend time with my son.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people who are passionate, friendly, and supportive of their colleagues, students, and community.

 

Roberta F. Sipe

Adjunct Instructor
Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 366
317-788-3481
siper@uindy.edu

Background
Roberta Sipe has taught for more than 30 years in the K-12 setting but found her true calling during her final years as an elementary physical educator. In 2007, she was named the NASPE Indiana, Midwest and National Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. These awards allowed her to travel all over the country and teach best practices to PE professionals. 

Education
MA, PE/Health, Ball State University
BA, PE/Health, Hanover College

Fun facts
My husband and I have experienced a baseball game in all 30 major league stadiums throughout the U.S.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the close-knit community feeling of staff/faculty, the energy of the campus, the local and global involvement and an administration that encourages new ideas.

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, associate professor of kinesiology

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle

Professor
Interim Program Director for Sport Management
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 365
317-788-2114
jvansickle@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
event management, volunteer management, project-based learning, service learning

Background
Dr. VanSickle was named Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and and Dance (IAHPERD) Sport Management Faculty of the Year and University of Indianapolis School of Education Teacher of the Year.  She is the lead author on 18 articles and abstracts published in national and state journals and has delivered over 25 presentations at state, national and international conferences. She has also consulted with area sport organizations including the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, NCAA, Indy Parks and Recreation and Special Olympics Indiana, and has served on planning committees for Super Bowl XLVI, NCAA Final Fours and NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Research Interests
sponsorship, volunteer motivations (events), service learning, gender equity

Education
EdD, Sport Management, University of Kentucky
MS, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Morehead State University
BS, Secondary Education, Union College

Fun facts
I hiked to the top of Half Dome (and back) in Yosemite National Park, in one day! I have played basketball competitively in 5 different countries.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people. Everyone is friendly, helpful and cares about the students.

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Dr. Suzanne Willey, Department of Kinesiology, Athletics

Dr. Suzanne Willey

VP for Intercollegiate Athletics
Associate Professor
Kinesiology
Athletics

Ruth Lilly Center, Main Athletic Office
317-788-3412
swilley@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
athletic administration, Title IX, gender equity, history of women in sport, sports governance

Background
Dr. Willey, the NACDA 2010 Under Armour Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year and 2005 NACWAA Division II Administrator of the Year, has guided the Greyhounds to uncharted territory in her time at the helm. Dr. Willey has established UIndy as one of the top overall athletic programs in both NCAA Division II and the state of Indiana. In four of the last five seasons, UIndy has been the highest-ranked athletic program in Indiana across all divisions and the NAIA. Dr. Willey has been very active in the governance of Division II and continues to serve in various leadership positions on conference and NCAA committees.

Education
PED, Administration and Higher Education, Indiana University
MS, Coaching and Administration, Indiana University
BS, Health and Physical Education, University of Indianapolis

Fun facts
I love Division II. Division II is second to none!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people.

Dr. Amie Wojtyna, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology Department

Dr. Amie Wojtyna

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology

Health Pavilion 222
317-788-3481
wojtynaa@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
public health, epidemiology, surveillance epidemiology, outbreak investigation, enteric diseases, commensal gut flora, antimicrobial resistance

Background
Prior to coming to UIndy, Dr. Wojtyna worked in public health for 13 years, concentrating her efforts in the field of enteric diseases. She has held positions as a surveillance epidemiologist for both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health. Her doctoral studies were mandated by Congress to investigate the link between using antimicrobials in food-producing animals and subsequent resistance in human commensal gut flora. 

Research Interests
antimicrobial resistance in commensal gut flora

Education
PhD, Public Health – Epidemiology, Walden University
MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University
MSBS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Ohio
BA, Biology, DePauw University 

Fun facts
I am a master preserver, organic gardener and member of the Indianapolis Extra Life Guild.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I am excited that UIndy is offering students the opportunity to have exposure to public health topics in an undergraduate program and that I get to participate in it. 

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