Dr. Steven Waller
Steve, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, where he also serves as associate department head. He has delivered several papers at CSKLS conferences over the last several years. Dr. Waller is also a board member of the International Federation of Sports Chaplains. His research interests include: 1) religious socialization as a constraint to recreation and sport participation; 2) the professionalization of sport chaplaincy; and 3) structural barriers to career mobility for minorities and women in recreation and sport organization. Professor Waller has published extensively and is a reviewer for several professional journals.
Dr. Wayne Jacobs
President – elect
Wayne is currently serving as a professor of Kinesiology at LeTourneau University. He has been a member of CSKLS since 2008, has served as a board member from 2013-2015, and has been active in presenting at each conference. Wayne is very interested in faith integration, mentoring and spiritual health. He received his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in 1994. His research focused on demographic characteristics of health teachers in the state of Texas. His latest book is The Strong Temple: A man’s guide to spiritual and physical health. Wayne is married to Karen (also a board member), has three adult children, is an avid Star Trek and Star Wars fan, and is learning to relax in his spare time.
Dr. Glen Van Andel
Glen was a Professor of Recreation at Calvin College for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2008. As a founding member of CSKLS, Glen has been involved in various roles with the organization including serving as the first President from 2004-2006, hosting several CSKLS conferences at Calvin, presenting papers and now serving as the Secretary Treasurer. Glen is co-author several books including: Therapeutic Recreation: A practical approach and Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a pluralistic society. In his retirement Glen is actively involved in a prison ministry and enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations, golfing, woodworking, and spending time with children and grandchildren.
Dr. Andrew Meyer
Andrew R. Meyer (PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2010) is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Foundations at Baylor University teaching in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. His research examines the interplay between athletes, contemporary American sport culture and religion. More specifically, he examines how historical muscular Christian values and themes persist in contemporary American sport, and evidenced through media representations of athlete hero-icons. His research and publication areas include sport ideology in the contemporary social context, muscular Judaism, Radical Orthodoxy, sport media, disability and health in religious contexts, and meaning creation at “for-cause” athletic events. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Sport and Society, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Practical Theology, as well as book chapters in sport history and sport policy compilations.
Dr. Trevor Egli
Dr. Trevor Egli is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport and Fitness Leadership program at Johnson University-Tennessee, where he has been since 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport Psychology and Motor Learning) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and is certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP). His research interests include the integration of spirituality/religion and sport, more specifically, how athletes and coaches utilize their faith within their sporting experience. Trevor is married to his wife Meagan and they are expecting their first child this Spring 2017.
Dr. Randy Dietz
Dr. Randy Dietz is an Assistant Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University where he served as department head for 10 years until stepping down in 2017. He received his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of New Mexico as well as coaching Baseball for the Lobos. His research interests include religious attitudes among college students and preparing students for graduate school or their chosen career. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his bride of 31 years, Susan and playing disc golf whenever he can.
Dr. Jessica Ventura
Jessica is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Gordon College, where she teaches Biomechanics. Her research focuses on biomechanical modeling of walking and running gait towards improving performance and preventing injury. Specifically, a current project attempts to understand how training affects the mechanics of recreational runners. Another project assesses the effects of training on the AccesSportAmerica GaitTrainer on walking speed and joint range of motion of persons with walking disorders. Jessica is also passionate about multicultural education and regularly teaches a seminar that brings pre-health professions students to Central America to see the challenges of health and healthcare in a developing country.
Dr. Julie Powell
Julie is a Professor of Sport Management at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, but also teaches courses in teacher education and health. Julie has had the pleasure of developing the undergraduate sport management program at Union since its inception in 1999 and the addition of an emphasis on the graduate level in sport leadership. After spending many years staffing events such as the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, the NAIA Softball National Championship, AAU basketball, high school, and community recreational sports, Julie is now focused on providing these types of experiences for her students which was exemplified in the Union Sport Management Program being invited to complete a service-learning project at the 2015 Inaugural College Football Championship in North Texas. In her free time Julie loves to travel which has included trips to all 50 states and all the Major League Baseball parks and is now attempting to complete a road race in every state.
Dr. Karen Jacobs
Karen is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at LeTourneau University. She has attended and presented at CSKLS conferences since 2012. Her research interests include faith integration, servant leadership, and pedagogy for improving the classroom experience for students. After serving in administrative roles for many years, Karen is now focusing on teaching and mentoring students.