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Dr. James W. Hand JimHand.jpg
Office: KET 113 
Phone: (704) 637-4455 

    • Dean of the School of Health Sciences & Human Performance
    • Director of Athletic Training Education
    • B.S., Culver-Stockton College
    • M.S., Ohio University
    • Ed.D., California Lutheran University

Associate Professors


Duane Aagaard
Office: PEC 109-A
Phone: (704) 637-4728

    • Associate Professor of Sport Management
    • B.S., Liberty University
    • M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Ph.D., Concordia University
    • President of SHAPE America (Society of Health & Physical Educators)
    • Curriculum Vitae


troycarlton.jpgTroy Carlton
Office: PEC 109-D
Phone: (704) 637-4398

  • Associate Professor of Sport Management 
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • MBA, California Lutheran University
  • B.S., Elon University



kimberleysmith.jpgDr. Kimberly Smith
Office: KET 105
Phone: (704) 637-4761

  • Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • B.S., Slippery Rock University
  • M.S., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh



Assistant Professors


amandagrieshaber.jpgAmanda Grieshaber, MS, LRT/CTRS, CRC, CBIS
Office: KET 106
Phone: (704) 637-4759

  • Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation
  • B.A., UNC Wilmington
  • M.A., UNC Chapel Hill: DUAL TRACK - Psychological Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities
  • Curriculum Vitae

Grieshaber graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy and has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She has extensive knowledge in traumatic brain injury and dual diagnosis, as well as practical experiences for students.  Prior to Catawba College, she worked as the Day Program Coordinator at Hinds’ Feet Farm, a program for adults with brain injuries.


victorromano.jpgDr. Victor Romano
Office: KET 107
Phone: (704) 645-4580

  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Program Director of Exercise Science
  • B.S., Greensboro College
  • M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
  • Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University
  • Curriculum Vitae





brandonauton.jpgBrandon Auton, MEd, LAT, ATC
Office: PEC Athletic Training Room
Phone: (704) 637-4267

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Instructor

Brandon joined Catawba College in August of 2011 as an assistant athletic trainer and athletic training instructor.


Part-Time Instructors



Leslie Dent, MA, LAT, ATC




CraigTurnbull.JPGCraig Turnbull
Office: Athletic Admin. Office
Phone: (704) 637-4475

  • Director of NCAA Compliance
  • Senior Assistant Athletic Director
  • B.S. and M. Ed., East Carolina University



Professors Emeriti

Dr. Patricia R. Whitley

  • Professor Emerita
  • B.A., Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • M.A., Appalachian State University
  • Ed.D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Pat Rice Whitley was a faculty member at Catawba College from 1964 to 2009. During her tenure she coached field hockey, tennis, volleyball, softball, and basketball. She retired after 45 years of service to the college.