Mitchell L. Cordova

Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC

Professor & Dean
College of Health Professions and Social Work
Florida Gulf Coast University


Given the significant and rapid changes occurring with the delivery and management of healthcare within the U.S. with the creation and now implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, there is concomitant demands placed on Colleges and Universities to educate and train a large amount of high quality students to meet the workforce shortages within the new healthcare environment. I strongly believe that The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) can and will continue to play a significant role helping prepare our member institutions to remain on the leading edge in understanding the implications of healthcare reform, and how higher education will need to adapt in order to remain the leaders in educating and training the best healthcare providers and administrators who will play a significant role in sculpting healthcare delivery in the U.S.

I believe the Nominations and Elections Committee of ASAHP to be a critical committee in this regard as it is charged with issuing calls for nominations when vacancies occur, as well as reviewing and preparing the nominees for our Board of Directors. Effectively, this committee plays a significant role in helping guide and facilitate the leadership of our exemplar organization. If given the great honor of serving on this committee, I would do so with great dedication and work tirelessly towards ensuring that the most capable individuals are serving and leading our Association. I believe that my professional experiences have prepared me well to serve ASAHP in this capacity to the highest standard.

Since Fall 2011, I have served as Professor & Dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to my arrival at FGCU, I served as Professor & Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at UNC Charlotte for 6 years. Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2005, I was on faculty at Indiana State University for 8 years in which I served in many capacities including: Department Chair (2000-2005), Director of the Masters program (2000-2003) & PhD program (2002-2005) in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine, and Director of the Sports Injury Research Laboratory (1998-2004).

ASAHP Activities:

  1. Liaison to ASAHP, National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (September 2012 – Present)

Other relevant experience:

  1. Section Editor, The Journal of Athletic Training (2004 – 2012).
  2. Research Committee Member & Vice Chair of Public Relations, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (2003-2009).
  3. Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Sport Rehabilitation since (1999 – present).
  4. Post-Professional Graduate Education Review Committee, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (2002-2009).
  5. Fellow, The American College of Sports Medicine (selected 2000).
  6. Fellow, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (selected 2008).