Name: Jennifer Austin, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Title: Director, Master of Science in Athletic Training
Education: B.S.A.T 1995 Ohio University; M.S.P.E 1996 Ohio University; Ph.D. 2004 Ohio University
Years at Franklin College: 3
Campus and Community Involvement: Will serve as a member of the Hearing Panel for the College’s judicial process beginning this year; provided feedback on the Franklin Community Schools’ Strategic Plan; served during 2015-16 academic year as the chair of the search committee for a second full-time faculty member for the MSAT program; served as a member of the Convocation Committee.
Tell us about the new master’s program at Franklin College.
“The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree is a professional program designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline other than athletic training but want to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification (BOC) and a career as an athletic trainer. Students have two routes to completing the degree. One is a ‘3+2’ program where students enter as a freshman and complete an undergraduate degree in three years and then move onto the master’s program (pending acceptance) for two years. They will then graduate with two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s. Any undergraduate degree can be chosen as long as the students complete the prerequisite courses, but currently we are working closely with the exercise science, psychology, and biology programs. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and have completed required prerequisites courses for the MSAT program can enter directly into the two-year program.”
How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit the students in the MSAT?
“A liberal arts and sciences education provides a solid platform for a masters in athletic training degree. Students develop skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking, and ethical decision making, all essential skills for a successful athletic trainer.”
Is there anything that you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin as opposed to other schools?
“The smaller community and classroom sizes allow faculty to get to know students well, thus allowing us to better serve them. As a faculty member, I truly care about our students’ success and want to push them to achieve what I know they are capable of, while providing support along the way. At Franklin, we also focus on experiential learning and provide opportunities for students to practice and utilize skills they are learning.”
What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?
“They would be surprised to learn that I grew up water skiing every summer, and I used to wind surf as a young adult.”
Describe your favorite characteristic of the Franklin College community.
“In my short time here, I have found that everyone cares about the Franklin college community and they seem genuinely happy when others are successful. This helps create an environment that you want to work in and be a part of.”
For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.