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Dr. Beth Patton

Dr. Beth Patton, associate professor of exercise science and physical education, joined Ashland University in 1998. Her area of expertise includes fitness assessment and exercise prescription, group exercise instruction, tests and measurements in physical education, and supervision. Dr. Patton serves as the chair for Schar College of Education Curriculum Committee and faculty advisor for the Exercise Science Majors Club. She serves as a National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) STARS reviewer and auditor and is currently secretary for the Midwest district of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Physical Best Specialist and certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education (K-12) and Masters of Science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Akron and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Health Education from Kent State University.
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Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh

Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, associate professor of sport management, joined Ashland University in 2000. His areas of expertise include campus recreation and therapeutic recreation. He received the Academic Mentor Award in 2006 and has been nominated as the Outstanding Male Faculty Member in 2007. Dr. Kaltenbaugh serves as the internship coordinator for the sport management and exercise sciences majors. He has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees in therapeutic recreation and recreation management from The University of Toledo and a Ed.D. in educational leadership from The University of Akron.
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Dennis Gruber

Dennis Gruber, chair for the health sciences department, clinical assistant professor and program director for athletic training, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include acute and chronic pain and qualitative research. Prior to his arrival at Ashland University, he was the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Georgia Southern University from 1992 - 2003. While at Georgia Southern University, he oversaw the healthcare for over 400 student-athletes in thirteen intercollegiate sports. Many of his former athletic training students are practicing athletic trainers and are involved with institutions such as Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern University, The United States Naval Academy, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan.
Dr. Gruber has been practicing athletic training in various settings since 1989. Dr. Gruber is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has served on numerous committees at both the State and National levels concerning the practice of athletic training. Dr. Gruber received his B.S. in education from Youngstown State University in 1989. His M.S. in athletic training from Ohio University in 1990. His Ed.D. in curriculum studies from Georgia Southern University in 2004.
Dr. Gruber is a Youngstown, Ohio native. He currently resides in Ashland with his daughter Emily and son Ethan.

Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren.is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical eis associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for 6 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Sports Ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren. nhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted. He has presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles. Besides Sports Ethics, he has taught numerous courses in Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature, and on C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published. Dr. Hamilton is active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal. He has separate masters’ degrees in Philosophy, Religion, and Counseling and a doctorate from Ashland Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Wittenberg University where he also captained the baseball team. Dr. Hamilton also co-pastors Providence Church and in 2007 he survived a liver transplant. Hamilton has been married for over 30 years with two grown and married daughters and two grandchildren.

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