Our faculty’s strong academic credentials are complemented by extensive real-world experience in athletic training, coaching, teacher education, fitness, the exercise sciences, and sport management. But most importantly, we are friendly, approachable and available! We take a genuine interest in student success both personally and academically, helping them do more than excel in the classroom. For example, students and faculty have served together in leadership positions with state and national professional organizations demonstrating that our faculty encourage and foster leadership.
Dr. Donna Woolard
Dr. Donna Woolard, the department chair and teacher education specialist, has extensive experience as a teacher and coach at the high school and collegiate levels. A native of Washington, NC, Dr. Woolard joined the faculty of Campbell University in 1994. Under her direction, the Physical Education Teacher Education program at Campbell has been cited as "exemplary" by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Recognized as an expert in the professional preparation of physical education teachers, Woolard has been personally cited as an "exemplary" teacher educator by NCATE and NCDPI.
Ms. Catherine Simonson
Ms. Catherine Simonson, an Instructor of Exercise Science, serves as the Director of Athletic Training Education at Campbell. An alumnus of Appalachian State University and California University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Simonson is currently pursuing her Ph. D. in Public Health. Ms. Simonson is an athletic trainer with an extensive background across a variety of practice settings. Her areas of interest include evidence-based practice, injury prevention, performance enhancement, and community health education.
Dr. Jennifer Bunn
Jennifer Bunn is in her third year as an Assistant Professor at Campbell University in the Department of Exercise Science. She came to Campbell after completing a postdoctoral research appointment at Baylor University in the Mind Body Medicine Research Laboratory. Jennifer’s educational background include a doctoral degree from Baylor University in exercise physiology and sport nutrition, a master’s from the University of Kentucky in exercise physiology, and a bachelors of science in health and physical education from Nicholls State University where she also played volleyball. Dr. Bunn is an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of undergraduate research. Her research interest include: behavior modification for improvement of healthy lifestyles, gender differences in aerobic and anaerobic training adaptations, ergogenic aids, and skeletal muscle atrophy (aging and injury induced). She is currently conducting research validating the use of different accelerometers for distance and energy expenditure.
Dr. Elizabeth Lange
Elizabeth Lange is in her second year at Campbell after having served as a Visiting Assistant Professor during the 2011-2012 academic year. This year, Dr. Lange joins the Exercise Science faculty as a full-time Assistant Professor. She received her doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a masters in physical education with an emphasis in outdoor education from the University of Northern Colorado. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Hollins University where she also played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Dr. Lange is an expert in team development, having consulted with many sport teams and corporate groups. Her research areas include cultural competence, intercultural communication, facilitation of experiential education, team cohesion & group dynamics, leadership, social justice in the outdoors, and performance enhancement. She has been the editorial assistant The Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and Quest. She presented at three international conferences in the past year and has given local workshops in North Carolina. Dr. Lange has extensive teaching, programming, coaching, and management experience in physical education, sport, recreation, and outdoor education. Dr. Lange is an avid Carolina sports fan and athlete, when not exploring the wilderness.