Kinesiology faculty members represent school through leadership, service

December 3, 2021

The School of Kinesiology’s faculty members not only excel in teaching and research – they also represent the school through their service in various leadership roles in industry organizations. Below, read about the roles held by the Kinesiology faculty.

Jared Russell HeadshotJared Russell, Professor and Assistant Director of the School of Kinesiology and Director of Diversity for the College of Education

Dr. Russell is the President-elect for the American Kinesiology Association, a role he will begin in January 2022. The American Kinesiology Association, or AKA, promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many applications. AKA does this by advocating for kinesiology at national and international levels as well as by supporting its member departments by providing resource materials and leadership and educational opportunities for university administrators in kinesiology.


Michael Brown Headshot outsideMichael Brown, Professor and Director of the Hypertension and Vascular Health Lab

Dr. Brown serves as the Chair of the Diversity Action Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. The Diversity Action Committee is charged with developing, recommending to the Board of Trustees and implementing once approved a plan of action that increases the number of racial/ethnic minority persons who become members, Fellows, and leaders in the American College of Sports Medicine, or ACSM; increases the number of women members who become Fellows and leaders in ACSM; and evaluates options for ACSM to work with the broader scientific, business, governmental, and philanthropic communities toward greater participation. The Committee facilitates the ACSM Leadership & Diversity Training Program which has successfully recruited and retained underrepresented minority members to the College.


Ford Dyke HeadshotFord Dyke, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Mindfulness-Based Performance and Health Optimization®

Dr. Dyke has served as the Faculty Advisor for the Kinesiology Club since the fall of 2020. The Kinesiology Club provides students with resources and connections to continue to pursue careers in sports, fitness, training, health, and wellness. The club brings guest speakers and visitors from different professions to describe his or her academic and professional journey to help students broaden their perspective on what the field of kinesiology can offer.


Bruce Gladden HeadshotBruce Gladden, Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor and Director of the Muscle Physiology Lab

Dr. Gladden is President of the American College of Sports Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, a role that he will finish on Dec. 31, 2021, after eight years of service. The American College of Sports Medicine, or ACSM, advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. ACSM has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from 90 countries around the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM is the only organization that offers a 360-degree view of the profession. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, or MSSE, ACSM’s flagship monthly peer-reviewed journal, is the leading multidisciplinary original research journal for members. Each issue features original investigations, clinical studies, and comprehensive reviews on current topics in sports medicine and exercise science.


Gretchen OliverGretchen Oliver, Professor and Director of the Sports Medicine and Movement Lab

Dr. Oliver is President-Elect of the American Baseball Biomechanics Society. She also serves as an Executive Board Member of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Chair of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Women’s Circle, and as an Executive Board Member of the International Shoulder Group. The American Baseball Biomechanics Society, or ABBS, is a not-for-profit organization that was established in February 2020. The first purpose of the organization is to provide valid, valuable biomechanical information to baseball players, coaches, teams, and organizations. The second purpose of the organization is to set standards for biomechanical evaluations and analyses within a baseball setting. The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports has three primary purposes: to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas for sports biomechanics researchers, coaches, and teachers; to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners; and to gather and disseminate information and materials on biomechanics in sports.


Melissa Pangelinan HeadshotMelissa Pangelinan, Associate Professor and Director of the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab

Dr. Pangelinan serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation and on the teaching committee for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The Alabama Head Injury Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families. The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Exercise is a multidisciplinary association of scholars from the behavioral sciences and related professions. The Society functions to develop and advance the scientific study of human behavior when individuals are engaged in sport and physical activity, to facilitate the dissemination of information, and to improve the quality of research and teaching in the psychology of sport, motor development, and motor learning and control.


Mike Roberts working in his labMichael Roberts, Associate Professor and Director of the Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab

Dr. Roberts is the Chair of Auburn University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee. He is also a Senior Editor for Experimental Physiology. The Biological Safety Program at Auburn University provides guidance and assistance for faculty, staff, and students on issues related to the use of biohazardous materials in teaching, research, and related activities. The goal of the program is to minimize the risks associated with the use and maintenance of biohazardous materials; maintain a safe and healthy work environment; and guard against the release of biohazardous materials that may harm humans, animals, plants, or the environment. Experimental Physiology is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of The Physiological Society.


Jaimie Roper HeadshotJaimie Roper, Assistant Professor and Director of the Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory

Dr. Roper serves as Co-lead for the Black Biomechanics Association Sub-committee for Mentoring. She is also the Founder and Director of “Move Your Body!” Move Your Body is a weekly virtual exercise class for older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease.


JoEllen Sefton HeadshotJoEllen Sefton, Professor and Director of the Warrior Research Center

Dr. Sefton serves on Auburn University’s Presidential Task Force on Opportunity and Equity. The task force’s current priority is to examine racial inequality and to recommend strategies for addressing disparities. She also serves as a Founding Member of the Tactical Athlete Leadership Board and the Chair of the Massage Therapy Foundation Granting Committee. Founded in 2020, the Tactical Athlete Leadership Board, or TA-LB, is a collection of experts and leaders from the U.S. Armed Forces, academia, and the human performance data and technology industries, with experience across the professional sports landscapes including the NFL, NBA, and MLB. The TA-LB is brought together with one goal in mind: to explore human performance technologies that can help sustain the tactical athlete of today and prepare for the needs of the tactical athlete of tomorrow.


Danielle Wadsworth

Danielle Wadsworth, Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Adherence and Obesity Prevention Lab

Dr. Wadsworth is the President-elect for the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine. The Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, or SEACSM, is a diverse group of professionals and students dedicated to the advancement of sports medicine and exercise science. Serving members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, the chapter seeks to communicate scientific information, provide a forum for research, foster professional peer interaction, and support career growth.


Christopher Wilburn HeadshotChris Wilburn, Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Wilburn serves as the College of Education’s representative on the Auburn University Interdisciplinary Studies committee as well as the School of Kinesiology representative for the College of Education Faculty Awards Committee. He also serves as the Co-leader of the Outreach Subcommittee of the Black Biomechanists Association. With the American Society of Biomechanics, Dr. Wilburn serves as Auburn’s representative on the Diversity Committee. He also acts as a representative for the Black Biomechanists Mentoring and Communications Subcommittees, as well as a representative for the Latinx in Biomechanics Social Media Committee.