CAHS Adds Professors in Sport Management and Health and Wellness | CAHS Media Hub

Two new faculty members will join the College of Applied Human Sciences in the fall of 2022. Joni Williamson, assistant professor of sports management education, and Rachel Wattick, assistant professor of health and wellness education. to be, bring their experience in sports administration and food science respectively.

Williamson comes to WVU after spending the past four years as director of athletics and adventure sports at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She has held additional positions at the NCAA in Academic and Membership Affairs, at the University of Wittenberg as Associate Director of Athletics, Wright State as Director of Athletics Promotions and State of Washington as Facilities Operations Assistant.

“I’ve always admired WVU and the sports management program,” Williamson said. “I intend to use my real life experience from various roles and levels in the sports industry to provide a great classroom experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to train and inspire the future sports leaders of tomorrow .

A former student-athlete in swimming, Williamson received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Evansville, a master’s degree in recreation and sports science from Ohio University and a doctorate in world sports leadership from the East Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of the Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement and the NCAA Leadership Institute.

Wattick says she looks forward to joining a multidisciplinary team and is eager to collaborate and learn together. “With my experience, I believe we are addressing a critical need in how we educate future healthcare professionals using a multi-faceted approach that focuses on physical and mental well-being. I’m excited to start interacting with students and discovering their needs so they can continue to grow in college. »

With two degrees from WVU, Wattick is currently pursuing a third. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and food and a master’s degree in nutritional and food sciences. She is about to complete her doctorate in animal and food sciences with a specialization in human nutrition at Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. His research interests include the role of diet in mental health, culinary medicine and the Mediterranean diet in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease.

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