September 5, 2018 -- Logan University's College of Health Sciences recently
hired new directors for two of its online master’s degree programs: Stephen
Nickell, EdD, MA, ATC, program director of Master of Science in Sports and
Rehabilitation, and Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD, program director of Master of
Science in Nutrition and Human Performance.
us about yourself and your professional experience.
Stephen Nickell: I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in
athletic training from Ohio University in 1999, then earned my master’s degree
from Rider University in New Jersey in 2001. I completed my doctorate at the
University of Missouri in July 2017. For the past six years, I have been the
athletic training program director at Southeast Missouri State University in
Cape Girardeau. Prior to that, I was the program director of athletic training
and sports science for Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio, and before that I was
a clinical athletic trainer for a school district in Ohio.
Theresa DeLorenzo: I have taught in higher education for five
years. Most recently, I taught in the undergraduate and graduate dietetics
programs at State University of New York Oneonta. While there, I was also the
director of the master’s program in dietetics as well as the dietetics
internship. Prior to that, I was a clinical dietician in the neonatal intensive
care unit (NICU) at Albany Medical Center―the first dietician involved in the unit.
us about your role as program director.
oversee the curriculum for the sports and rehab program, which means designing
it, maintaining course descriptions and syllabi, and hiring and evaluating the professors
who teach those courses. I collect and analyze data and outcomes from students
on whether they met the program’s goals and success metrics. I also develop new
courses and new curriculum related to the program, and I can potentially
oversee the creation of a new program.
oversee all three of the nutrition concentrations within the degree program. I
work closely with the faculty to make sure the courses are streamlined so that
they’re easy to navigate and are up to date to ensure students receive the best
education possible. I also help students figure out next steps for their career
based on their interests and the knowledge they’ve gained at Logan. Additionally,
I develop new courses, train new faculty and recruit new students, and I’m
currently working on a new track to add to the program.
are your goals for this role and this program?
like to see the introduction of an in-person, on-campus undergraduate program
related to the master’s in sports and rehab program. I would also like to expand
the current program and curriculum, and get more students aware of and enrolled
in the program.
I have a deep interest in interprofessional medical care,
so I am excited to work with the College of Chiropractic and other programs
within the College of Health Sciences to incorporate more interprofessional
education and work opportunities for our students. Doing so would continue to help
the University set itself apart.
goals are to continue to grow the program, to maintain quality courses and
offer more tracks that appeal to students. We are continuously striving to
elevate the courses and elevate the knowledge students gain through the program
so that they are well prepared to work as leaders in the field of nutrition.