Ryan D. Wilkinson, EdD, ATC, CSCS

Interim Chair, Department of Health Sciences
Director, Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Faculty Since 2015


BS, Athletic Training, Concordia University Wisconsin
MS, Athletic Training, Indiana University
EdD, Health Care Education, Nova Southeastern University


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Dr. Wilkinson has served in various roles within athletic training higher education since 2002.

Prior to joining TIU, Dr. Wilkinson served as Interim Program Director and Director of Clinical Education in the Athletic Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Prior to starting at UWM in 2010, he served as Coordinator of Clinical Education and Associate Athletic Trainer at Concordia University Wisconsin for eight years, providing athletic training services primarily for the football program.

He has served the state, district, and national athletic training organizations in a variety of roles, including President of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association (WATA) and Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) State Association Advisory Committee, among others. He is currently President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA).

His scholarly interests center on athletic training education (classroom and clinical), the scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership and professional development.

Selected Publications

Breitbach AP, Richardson R; National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee for Education; Interprofessional Education and Practice in Athletic Training Work Group. Interprofessional Education and Practice in Athletic Training. Athl Train Educ J. 2015;10(2):170–182.

Wilkinson, RD & Verdegan, RL. Being Clear and Present: The Preceptor’s Guide to Efficient and Effective Clinical Teaching. NATA Educators’ Conference Proceedings, Dallas, TX; February 28, 2015.

Wilkinson RD. The relationships among workload, instructor approach to teaching, and student evaluation of teaching [abstract]. J Athl Train. 2013; 48(3 suppl):S71-S72.

Wilkinson, RD. Maybe It’s Time to Eliminate Dual Appointments in Athletic Training Education? National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium Proceedings, Las Vegas, NV; June 26, 2013.

Wilkinson, RD. Instilling a Culture of Professional Development Across the Curriculum. NATA Educators’ Conference Proceedings, Washington, DC; February 25, 2011.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award, 2016
  • University of Wisconsin - Office of Professional and Instructional Development Teaching Fellow, 2014-2015.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Academic Staff Professional Development Award, 2013, 2015.
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Young Professionals’ Committee National Distinction Award, 2014
  • University of Wisconsin - Office of Professional and Instructional Development Lesson Study Project Award, 2014.
  • Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA, NATA District IV) Public Relations Contest Award, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association (WATA) Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, 2006
  • Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association (WATA) Mueller Undergraduate Scholarship, 2001
  • Member, National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA), Illinois Athletic Trainers' Association (IATA), Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association (WATA)


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