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Faculty are full-time university employees who deliver the didactic education required by the CPMA. In addition, they may conduct research, engage in scholarly activities and/or professional practice, direct programs and provide service to the university, College of Allied Health, community and professional organizations. A primary objective of each faculty member is to guide the student in the pursuit of advanced knowledge. Each faculty member is interested in you as an individual and looks forward to assisting you in your professional growth. Students should make appointments or observe office hours as listed in course syllabi. A student who repeatedly has difficulty contacting a faculty member may notify the Chairperson. Address each faculty member as

  • Allen Knehans, PhD (Dr. Knehans or Dr. K)
  • Leah Hoffman, PhD, RD/LD, CNSC (Dr. Hoffman)
  • Jenny Graef, PhD, RD (Dr. Graef)
  • Susan Sisson, PhD, RDN, CHES, FACSM (Dr. Sisson)
  • Peggy Turner, MS, RD, LD, FAND (Professor Turner)
  • Brian dela Cruz, MS, RDN, LD (Professor dela Cruz)

Adjunct faculty are individuals who are employed part-time as instructors. Address them by the appropriate title: “Professor …”

Staff in the department and college are highly valued team members. If a staff member asks you for to provide something (such as an immunization record, verification of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, etc.) or gives you instructions in person, on the phone or in an email message, you are expected to respond immediately. The department staff prefer to be addressed by their first names:

  • Patsy Johnson, Administrative Manager
  • Dawn Horton, Student Programs Coordinator

You may also have interactions with staff in the Office of Academic and Student Services (room 1009). Address these individuals as:

  •  Susan Tucker, MPH, OTR/L and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (Professor Tucker)
  • Paije Fauser, BA, Director of Student Services (Ms. Fauser)
  • Debbie Arnold, Staff Assistant (Ms. Arnold)
  • Cheryl Walk, Senior Administrative Assistant (Ms. Walk)

Preceptors are responsible for your professional training during the supervised practice rotations. You must treat these volunteers with the same respect you are expected to show faculty and staff. If you have any concern about a preceptor, contact the program director and/or clinical coordinator immediately. Unless the preceptor gives you permission to use their first name, address them as Mr. or Ms.

Failure to show respect to faculty, staff and preceptors will result in a professional concerns report.


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