Mitchell L. Cordova, Ph.D.

Mitchell L. Cordova,  PhD, ATC

Mitchell L. Cordova,

Nominations & Elections Committee Candidate

Current Position:

Professor & Dean, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Florida Gulf Coast University
438B Marieb Hall
10501 FGCU Blvd. S
Fort Myers, FL 33965


Given the significant and rapid changes occurring with the delivery and management of healthcare within the U.S. with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, there is continued demands placed on Colleges and Universities to educate and prepare a large quantity of high quality students to meet the workforce shortages within the new healthcare environment. The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) has played and will continue to play a significant role helping prepare our member institutions to remain on the leading edge in understanding how higher education will need to adapt in order to remain the leaders in educating and training the best healthcare providers and administrators within our reformed health care system. 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. I currently serve on this committee and it’s been an absolute honor and privilege to do so. If elected to a second term, I will continue to serve the membership of ASAHP with great dedication, and continue to 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 currently serve ASAHP on the Nominations & Elections Committee to the highest standard. Specifically, 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). In summary, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Nominations & Elections Committee, and look forward to be given another opportunity to do so again.

asahp activities:

Activity I: I currently serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee for ASAHP. I have completed one term that started in Fall 2013, and I am seeking election to my second term.

Activity II: I currently serve as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s liaison to ASAHP. I have held this position since September 2012.

Other relevant experience:

Experience I: I have served as a Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training since 2004. In this role, I have served as one of four individuals overseeing manuscripts in the areas of Pathology, Physiology, and Biodynamics. Over the past 5 years, JAT has achieved an impact factor of 2.179 placing it in the top 5th among 73 Sport Sciences journals.

Experience II: I served on the Research Committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (including serving as Vice Chair of Public Relations) from 2003-2009. This committee is responsible for reviewing grant proposals and free communications abstract submission for the NATA Annual Meeting.

Experience III: I have served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation since 1999. In this role, I have served as manuscript reviewer and provided input on journal policy decisions. JSR has an impact factor of 1.0 and is indexed in many databases including MEDLINE.

Experience IV: I served on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Post-Professional Graduate Education Review Committee from 2002-2009. This committee is responsible overseeing all aspects for accrediting advanced graduate programs in Athletic Training.

Experience V: I was elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2000, and was elected Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008 in their inaugural class. I am deeply committed to serving the professional organizations that I align with.