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Meet Dr. Beckett, Fitness Challenge contributor


(WVVA) - Dr. Joe Beckett of Concord University has graciously agreed to contribute to this year's Fitness Challenge. 

Dr. Beckett is a native of Bluefield and a 1976 graduate of Bluefield High School.  He received his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg (OH) University in 1980, the master's degree from Marshall (WV) University in 1983, and his doctoral degree from West Virginia University in 1996.

Dr. Beckett currently serves as the Athletic Training Program Director at Concord University.

Dr. Beckett and his wife, Sandie are empty nesters who reside in Athens. They have a daughter (Jordan) and two sons (Brian and Kevin) who are in college or have already graduated from college.

Dr. Beckett is currently in his 28th year in Higher Education. Below is his complete resume.




Joseph A. Beckett, EdD, ATC

Associate Professor and Director,

CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program

Concord University



Doctoral Degree – West Virginia University (1996); Master's Degree – Marshall University (1983); Bachelor's Degree – Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio (1980)

High School Diploma – Bluefield High School (1976)

Years in Higher Education – 29


Previous Positions in Higher Education:

Associate Professor and Director, CAATE-accredited ATEP, Eastern Kentucky University (2005-08)


Associate Professor and Chair, (Founding Department Chair and Program Director),

CAAHEP-accredited ATEP Director, Department of Sports Medicine/Athletic Training

University of Charleston (1985-1997, 2002-05); also served dually as Head Athletic Trainer (1985-1997)


Associate Professor and Chair, CAAHEP-accredited ATEP Director, Marietta College (1999-2002)


Associate Professor and Founding Coordinator, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1997-99)


Athletic Training Program Coordinator/Head Athletic Trainer, Glenville State College (WV), (1983-85)


Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Marshall University (WV), (1981-83)


Graduate Assistant, Adapted Physical Education, Texas Women's University, (1980-81)



Pertinent Professional Work:

Graduate Education Committee of the NATA – developed accreditation standards for graduate programs seeking post-certification status

Competencies in Education Committee of the NATA – developed new set of accreditation standards, in addition to the 12 athletic training educational domains for programs seeking entry level accreditation

JRC-AT/CAATE Site Evaluator for 12 years including these institutions: University of Illinois, Temple University, San Diego State University, Tulsa University, North Dakota State University, Samford University (AL), Eastern Kentucky University, Central Connecticut State University, Buena Vista University (IA), Bridgewater College (VA), and Mary-Hardin Baylor University (TX)

JRC-AT Clinical Instructor Educator

Co-author of the National Athletic Trainers Association Exert ional Heat Illness Position Statement, Journal of Athletic Training

Journal of Athletic Training Textbook Reviewer on 4 occasions

Reviewer of manuscripts submitted to the online Athletic Training Educator's Journal (2007-present)

Reviewer of Poster Presentations at NATA Convention

External consultant for numerous institutions developing Athletic Training Education Programs including Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University (OK), Sterling College (KS),

Shawnee State University (OH), Marietta College (OH), Florida Southern College, Northern Kentucky University, Concord College (WV), Bluefield College (VA), and Marshall University (WV)

Presenter at NATA Convention

Served on Research and Education Committee, NATA District IX

Presenter and Moderator at NATA District IX (Southeast Athletic Trainers Association) Convention

Presenter, SEATA Student Clinical Symposium

Served on MAATA Conference Committee

Secretary, West Virginia Athletic Trainers Association

Presenter, Moderator, and Host of WVATA Conferences

Presenter, Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society

Presenter, Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches' Association

Presenter at West Virginia Emergency Services Conference at Pipestem (ESCaPe) on eight occasions

President and co-founder of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) – Athletic Trainers Association

Founding Medical Coordinator for the fitness screening of WVIAC football and basketball officials

Head Athletic Trainer for 27 years at nation's largest exposure basketball camp (Cage Scope/High Potential Blue Chip Basketball Camp)

Extensive speaking experiences in the Greater Kanawha Valley (WV) and the state of West Virginia

Extensive speaking experiences to county school superintendents (WV, KY, TN), legislators (state and national), medical and other healthcare professionals (MD, DO, PA, PT, EMT), the news media (print and television), and high school PTA/PTO groups demonstrating the advantages of hiring BOC-certified athletic trainers

Extensive involvement on numerous important committees at each institution I have been employed


Noteworthy Honors

Selected as national recipient of NATA Service Award (2008)

Selected for inclusion into Manchester Who's Who (2006), Who's Who among America's Teachers (1996 and 2001), and Lexington's Who's Who (2000)

Selected into "Hall of Fame" of the Marshall University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Fall 1993)

Selected by the NCAA to participate in the Professional in Residence Program at the Betty Ford Clinic (1995)

Selected to participate in the Brushy Fork Leadership Institute at Berea College (KY) (1994 and 1995)

Selected by the NCAA to participate in the Athletic Prevention, Programming, and Leadership Education (APPLE) Conference at the University of Virginia (1995)

Certificate of Appreciation – West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; presented in recognition of outstanding service (1995)

Certificate of Appreciation - Charleston Police Department; given for fitness testing and developing fitness programming for police cadets (1988)

Certificate of Appreciation - Kanawha County Schools; given in recognition of my special contribution to the success of Kanawha County Schools (1987-88)

Certificate of Appreciation - West Virginia Athletic Trainers Association; given for outstanding service and contribution

Certificate of Appreciation - West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission; given for outstanding contributions to the health & welfare of secondary school student-athletes (1986)



Career Interests:

Organizational and Administrative Leadership, Curriculum and Facility Development, Public Relations, Consulting, Marketing, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Education, Clinical Instruction, and Health Sciences Administration

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