Jennifer Austin, Ph.D., LAT, ATC

“In the classroom I create a fair, but challenging environment that encourages students to go beyond memorizing facts to implementing current techniques in a practical setting. Students are encouraged to explore current research, embrace evidence-based practice, and challenge dated techniques, as athletic training is an evolving profession that requires continued professional development and life-long learning.”


Director of master of athletic training; associate professor of athletic training

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Ohio University – Athens, OH
  • M.S., Ohio University – Athens, OH
  • B.S., Ohio University – Athens, OH

Year joined Franklin



Program and learning outcomes and assessment, incorporating evidence-based practice into athletic training education, therapeutic interventions

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Co-presenter with Dr. Gregory Austin; Poster – “Making the Connection: Assessment to Learning Outcomes,” The Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Raleigh, NC: October 2-5, 2013.
Co-presenter Drs. Gregory Austin and Christine Bieszczad, “Making Connections: Linking Learning Outcomes to Course Assignments,” The New England Faculty Development Consortium, Worcester, MA; November 18, 2011.
Presenter, “Utilizing Course Management Software for Wellness Project Assessment,” The New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Waterville Valley, NH; November 19, 2010.
Presenter , “Pre-professional learning outcomes that enhance the liberal education mission,” The New England Faculty Development Consortium, Westford, MA; May 21, 2010
Presenter, “Prevention of Injuries for Youth Warm-Weather Sports,” Eastern District AAHPERD, Newport RI; March 1, 2008.

Honors and Awards

2008 Nancy Beyer Oplar Award for Excellence in Advising, Colby-Sawyer College
Outstanding Laboratory Instructor in Athletic Training, Ohio University
Athletic Training Graduate Scholarship, Ohio University

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I most enjoy hanging out with my family. Both my son and daughter are hockey players and my daughter rides horses, so we spend a lot of time in “barns.” When we are home I prefer to be outside working in the gardens or inside working on our house.