PRGeisler, EdD, ATC

Paul Geisler

Professor and Program Director, Exercise Science and Athletic Training
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Phone: 607-274-3006
Office: Hill Center G71, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Athletic Training, Administration, Health Professions Education


I grew up in Lakeville, MA, home to Ocean Spray Cranberries, and the defunct Ted Williams Baseball Camp. I am a born and bred Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins fan; and of course, an ardent and loyal member of Red Sox Nation! I'm also a loyal Carolina Tar Heels fan, having lived in the Southern Part of Heaven for 3 years as a graduate student and faculty member in Chapel Hill. My midlife sports fandom has brought me to the historic and great Liverpool Football Club; I'm now a proud supporter and displaced Scouser at heart.

I have been practicing athletic training since 1987 in various settings and locales, including The Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology (Alexandria, VA), The National Center for Sports Medicine (Arlington, VA), Durham Academy (NC), Trinity Preparatory  Academy (Winter Park, FL), HealthSouth Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine (Orlando, FL), The Orlando Thunder (The World League of American Football), and Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA).

I entered academia at Georgia Southern University after more than a decade of clinical practice in athletic training. If you've heard the Allman Brothers' rendition of Blind Willie McTell's Statesboro Blues, then you've heard of Statesboro, GA without even knowing it as a real place with a deep musical history.

I am the proud father of 2 multi talented and wonderful sons, Nicholas (Hamilton College, Class of 2014) and Benji (Colgate University, Class of 2018), and a humble spouse to my amazing life partner, Susan; we all enjoy cooking and dining together as familial foodies. My muse and source of spiritual health comes from bike riding the valley roads and hills of the Finger Lakes, hiking the local gorgeous trails and forests, and photographing the beautiful outdoors. 

I'm somewhat of an intentional bricoleur and a wanderer with my scholarship and varied interests. I embrace wholeheartedly what philosopher Michel Serres referred to as the "open, turbulent spaces" that resist polar absolutes or "norms", and instead require "invention". I've earned degrees in sports medicine and exercise physiology, and a doctorate in curriculum theory & cultural studies of education. I am deeply interested in the teaching, development and assessment of the clinical thinking and medico-cognitive processes of novice and experienced clinicians. I'm also deeply interested in authentic measures of achievement and learning, evidence-based practices in health professions education, and the development and measurement of clinical capabilities in healthcare students. I enjoy blending my  professional discipline of athletic training with relevant narratives, discourses and theories from curriculum, philosophy, and cultural studies as they relate to higher education and intellectual development in order to create well rounded and critically reflective young professionals.


Professor & Director, Athletic Training Education
Hill Center G71, 607-274-3006

Adjunct Research Fellow, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT

Member, Doctorate in Science in Health Sciences Program Advisory Board, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, UT


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Ed.D, Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro (2004)

M.A., Exercise Physiology & Sports Medicine, The University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill (1990)

B.S., Sports Medicine, Marietta College, OH (1987)

Courses Taught at Ithaca college:

  • Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

  • Medical Science

  • Athletic Injury Assessment I & II

  • Athletic Training Techniques I, II & III

  • Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training IV - VI

  • Junior & Senior Internship in Athletic Training

  • The Clinical Gaze (Ithaca Freshman Seminar)

Personal Interests:

Road cycling, snow shoeing, hiking, outdoor photography, travel & culture, philosophy, reading and family

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