Mitchell L. Cordova, PhD, ATC


Current Position

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


Background and Aspirations

Given the significant changes occurring with the delivery and management of healthcare within the U.S., there has been concomitant demands placed on Colleges and Universities to educate and train a large number of high quality students to meet significant workforce shortages across many health professions.  The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) has played a key role in helping advance the standing of our many discipline through this dynamic landscape.  ASAHP will continue to best-prepare our member institutions to be on the leading edge in understanding the implications of healthcare reform, and how higher education will need to further adapt in order to remain leaders in educating and training the best healthcare providers and administrators who will continue to play a significant role in sculpting healthcare delivery.

Through my experience of serving on the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) within ASAHP over the past 4 years, I have gained a great deal of knowledge and insight of our association by helping facilitate and cultivate the leadership of our exemplar organization; moreover, my involvement with the NEC has allowed me a greater opportunity to interact more with ASAHP members beyond our annual meetings.  In this capacity, I feel I have developed a deeper understanding and greater degree of specificity of the views and perspectives of our members as well as what they expect and need that can further propel ASAHP forward.  If given the great honor of serving on the Board of Directors, I would represent the membership of ASAHP and our association to the best of my ability in not only strengthening it beyond its current form, but also helping lead it to even greater accomplishments with tangible outcomes.  I would do so with great dedication, enthusiasm, and through a tireless work ethic that would ensure to the entire ASAHP membership that their Board is working hard for their success.

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 Marieb College of Health & Human Services at Florida Gulf Coast University where we have grown programs and faculty strategically while demonstrating very strong program outcomes across many of our undergraduate and graduate programs.  Prior to my arrival at FGCU, I served as Professor & Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at UNC Charlotte for 6 years where I was Founding Director of the Biodynamics Research Laboratory and faculty research associate in the interdisciplinary Center for Bioengineering Systems. Before joining 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).  With respect to the professional and community organizations that I have aligned with, I have served on many key committees, task forces, boards, and have held key leadership positions within these assignments.  Collectively, I feel I have acquired the necessary experiences and achieved the appropriate successes to best serve the members of ASAHP on your Board of Directors.  I would be most humbled to be given this opportunity to serve you.


ASAHP Activities

Activity I: I have served on the ASAHP Nominations and Elections Committee since      2013 and will complete my second term in 2017.                                                                

Activity II: I served as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s liaison to ASAHP from September 2012 to September 2016.  


Related Experience

Experience I:  I have served as an Associate 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 as well as provided input onjournal policy decisions.  The 2015 impact factor for JAT is 2.22 placing it in the top 25% among all of the Sport Sciences journals.  I have also served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation since 1999.  In this role, I have served as a manuscript reviewer and provided input on journal policy decisions. JSR has an impact factor of 1.0, and both journals are indexed in MEDLINE.                                                    

Experience II:  I currently serve on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Inter-Association Task Force On Managing Prescription and Non-prescription Medications.  I have served on this task force since 2016.  This is a 22-member task force representing many different associations across health professions and sports medicine.                               

Experience III:  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 research grant proposals across different categories as well as managing all of the free communications sessions at the national annual meeting.                                                   

Experience IV: I served on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Post-Professional Graduate Education Review Committee from 2002-2009.  At the time, this committee was responsible for overseeing all aspects of accrediting advanced graduate programs inAthletic 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 organizationsthat I align with.