Paul Geisler

Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Interim Associate Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Health Professions Education
  • Health Professions Education
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  • Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine, Marietta College (OH)
  • Master of Arts, Exercise Physiology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Doctor of Education, Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University


  • EdD
  • ATC

About Me

Dr. Geisler is a native of Lakeville, MA and current resident of Boston, MA. A certified athletic trainer since 1987 with over 15 years of varied clinical practice and 23 years experience directing athletic training education programs at Georgia Southern University and Ithaca College. He is deeply interested in the development and assessment of the medico-clinical thinking processes of novice and experienced clinicians, the development of adaptive expertise in clinicians, progressive curriculum design, capability-based education, and meaningful programmatic assessment. He has over 120 national and international presentations and publications on clinical and educational based subjects in athletic training and health professions education to his credit. Currently, he serves as Chair of the NATA EducATionalist Community Cabinet and the EATA Education Summit Planning Committee, sits on the NATA Executive Council on Education, and is a member of the Marietta College Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the European Board of Medical Assessors, and past member of the Association of Medical Education, Europe. He's served as the Section Editor for thePearls of Practice Column in Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare, and reviews manuscripts for the IJATT, the JAT, the ATEJ and Focus on Health Professions Education (New Zealand). He has been the recipient of two manuscript awards from the JAT and ATEJ, the NATA's Athletic Training Service and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Awards, the 2021 NATA ECE's Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award, two Dean's Awards for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching, a Dean's Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching and Learning, and the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award. He admits to be an enthusiastic but slow road cyclist, an amateur shutterbug of nature and wonder, an aspiring wine snob and amateur foodie, and an unabashed promoter of equal rights, freedom, justice and authentic democracy for all people. He and Susan, his life partner and wife of 34 years are the proud parents of two amazing sons – Nicholas, a writer living in Los Angeles, CA and Benjamin, a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY.

My previous positions include:

  • Tenured Professor & Director, Athletic Training Education, Ithaca College, NY (2005-2021)
  • Assistant Professor & Director, Athletic Training Education, Georgia Southern University, GA (1998-2005)
  • National Director, HealthSouth Sport Program, Birmingham, AL (1991-1996)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Associate Editor & Pearls of Practice Column Editor, Athletic Training & Sports Healthcare
  • Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Athletic Training
  • Manuscript reviewer, International Journal of Athletic Training & Therapy
  • Manuscript reviewer, Focus on Health Professions Education (New Zealand)
  • Editorial Board Member and Manuscript Reviewer, Athletic Training Education Journal
  • 15 yrs. clinical athletic training experience in clinical, high school, university & professional sports
  • Volunteer Athletic Training, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and 1994 World Cup
  • Author/presenter of > 100 professional & scholarly papers, books, chapters, articles, seminars, webinars, and panel presentations in US & abroad, including Ireland, Canada, Scotland, Sweden and China.
  • Member, World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy
  • Chair, NATA EducATionalist Community Cabinet (special interest group for AT educators)
  • Chair, EATA Education Summit
  • Member, EATA Research Committee
  • Member, European Board of Medical Assessors
  • Member, Association of Medical Education, Europe
  • Past Chair, EATA Research Abstract Sub Committee
  • Past Member, NATA Professional Education Committee
  • Member, NATA Executive Council on Education
  • Adjunct Faculty, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • Member, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Doctorate Health Sciences Advisory Board
  • Member, National Athletic Trainers' Association