James Madison University

Speakers & Sessions

Kirk Armstrong

Kirk J. Armstrong, EdD, LAT, ATC

Dr. Kirk Armstrong is an Associate Professor and Academic Unit Head for the Department of Health Professions at James Madison University. He has been an athletic training educator and program director with expertise in simulations and standardized patients. Kirk has also made numerous state, regional and national presentations regarding the use of standardized patients to document student learning outcomes in athletic training.

Kirk has an interest in institutional and programmatic accreditation, having participated in regional accreditation site visits and written programmatic accreditation self-studies. He is an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. In addition, he served as the external evaluator for grants through the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis, Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, and Doctor of Education from Ball State University.

Stacy Walker

Stacy E. Walker, PhD, LAT, ATC, FNATA

Stacy E. Walker, PhD, ATC, FNATA is a Professor of Athletic Training at Ball State University. She has over 30 peer reviewed journal articles, more than 40 professional presentations. Her research agenda focuses on the use of standardized patients to provide additional clinical education experiences for athletic training students and the transition to practice of newly credentialed athletic trainers. She received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2014. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal and is a member of the NATA Research and Education Foundation Research Committee, the Board of Certifications Maintenance of Certification Task Force the Association of Standardized Patient Educators Grants and Research Committee and serves as a CAATE Site visitor. She obtained her bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University, a masters in rehabilitative science from Clarion University and a masters degree in athletic training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga followed by her Doctor of Philosophy degree in administration and teaching from the University of Southern Mississippi.