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.
We have about 330 students within the department. A typical upper-level major class averages about 15–20 students, ensuring personal attention and creating discussion oriented courses. Many of our majors are student-athletes. Some are surprised to discover that Department of Exercise Science instructors, most of whom were college student-athletes themselves, understand the unique challenges that face college athletes.
Dr. Donna Woolard
Dr. Donna Woolard, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science, 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 was 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 was personally cited as an "exemplary" teacher educator by NCATE and NCDPI. Dr. Woolard is an active member of SHAPE America and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM). She has been a member of NCAAHPERD-SM’s Executive Board for more than a dozen years, serving as President in 2007 and Executive Director from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Woolard has been the recipient of numerous Alliance awards, including two Presidential Citations, the Service Award, University Teacher of the Year, and its Honor Award. Since becoming chair of the department in the fall of 2008, Dr. Woolard has overseen the growth of the department from 184 majors to a current enrollment of over 330 majors. She has also been instrumental in the addition of a Sport Coaching Major, a Sport Management Communications Concentration, and pre-professional preparation tracks in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Medicine.
Ms. Catherine Simonson
Ms. Catherine Simonson, an Instructor of Exercise Science, serves as the Director of Athletic Training at Campbell. An alumnus of Appalachian State University and California University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Simonson joined the Campbell faculty in 2008. She 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
Dr. Jennifer Bunn joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Her educational background includes 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 came to Campbell after completing a postdoctoral research appointment at Baylor University in the Mind Body Medicine Research Laboratory. She is an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of student research. An accomplished researcher herself, she proudly serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Exercise Science, which publishes only articles listing student authors. Dr. Bunn is a faculty researcher with Campbell's Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement Science (AIMS) Laboratory, an 800 square-foot research laboratory housed within the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. She was recently awarded a research grant by GN Netcom to validate a new otpical sensor heart rate monitor. Her research interests 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. Her work has appeared in respected journals such as Respiratory Care and Nutrition Journal. As an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), she presents research at both the Southeast Regional and national ACSM conferences..
Dr. Kymm Ballard
Dr. Kymm Ballard joined the department as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Program in 2014. Dr Ballard is an alumnus of Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also serves as the Partnership Development Specialist for SPARK, a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. Her role with SPARK is to seek and maintain partners and funding for SPARK in effort to provide quality research based physical education/activity to schools and organizations around the country and world. Dr. Ballard has 10 years’ experience instructing elementary and secondary students. She spent more than 11 years working at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction working with curriculum and athletics, securing resources, and providing professional development for implementing effective health, physical education, and athletic programs. Dr. Ballard was awarded with the National 2002 P. E. 4 Life Advocate of the Year award for her work both in North Carolina and in Washington, DC. Dr. Ballard is also the first and only teacher to receive both the Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Health Education Teacher of the Year Awards in the same year. Dr. Ballard has received the NC Coach of the Year award and the highest Honor Awards presented by North Carolina AAHPERD. Among her most notable awards, Dr. Ballard was awarded the Channing Mann, National Administrator of the Year by her colleagues in National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Moreover, at the same national conference, she was awarded the highest honor award of the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Si McNeely award.