Professor Recognized by Athletic Trainers Association
Campus News

Jeff Williams, Ph.D.

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) presented the organization’s 2022 Dedicated Service Award to Franklin College’s Jeff Williams, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, assistant professor of athletic training and coordinator of clinical education. The award will be bestowed upon Williams during the association’s 55th annual meeting and symposium, March 9-12.

Williams joined the Franklin College faculty in 2016, bringing professional expertise and a passion for teaching that help distinguish the institution’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program. 

The GLATA Dedicated Service Award recognized Williams for demonstrating “a superior level of excellence in managing and completing projects with the goal and outcome of creating a positive image of GLATA and the athletic training profession.”

In advance of the award presentation, Williams also received recognition in the magazine of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, NATA News. The association commended Williams for his work “to push the profession forward through teaching future practitioners and contributing to new knowledge through original research and service.” Williams has been a member of NATA for 15 years.

Additionally, the association praised Williams for his voluntary service to the district level as coordinator of the GLATA Diversity and Inclusion Committee and to the national level as an invited member of the NATA Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Access Task Force.

“I think that whether it’s treating patients in the field, teaching pre-service athletic trainers in the classroom or contributing to new knowledge in a research lab, when we collectively do these things – and a host of other things – with integrity and excellence the profession advances,” Williams said in the NATA News article.

Franklin College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Kristin C. Flora, Ph.D., praised Williams, commenting, “We are proud to have Dr. Williams as a member of our faculty. He exemplifies the excellence that comes when purpose and passion combine. This recognition of his efforts to serve his profession, in particular his work to advance DEI initiatives within the athletic training field, are well deserved.”

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Illinois State University. His athletic training expertise includes clinical research topics surrounding the assessment and correction of movement and dysfunction, mainly in the upper limb and spine.

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) is a professional membership association for athletic trainers and athletic training students in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. GLATA strives to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active, promote the athletic trainer and advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. GLATA represents District 4 and District 11 of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Mar 10, 2022