Athletic Training Faculty
The faculty and staff at Purdue University are highly regarded for their excellence in teaching and clinical expertise. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the classroom, each of the core faculty in the program place high value on student-centered learning. Each have been recognized by their peers with national, regional, and state awards for teaching, discovery, and engagement. With their expertise in athletic training, you will be in good hands as you acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding career in athletic training.
Scott Lawrance, DHSc, LAT, ATC, MSPT, CSCS
Clinical Professor, Director of Athletic Training Education, HK Undergraduate Director
Dr. Scott Lawrance joined the Purdue Athletic Training faculty in 2016 with the academic rank of Clinical Associate Professor. He was promoted to a rank of Clinical Professor, effective July 1, 2019. He serves as Director of Athletic Training Education and as Undergraduate Education Director for the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
Dr. Lawrance, a 2015 Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame inductee, has practiced as an athletic trainer in a variety of settings, including high school, college, and in the clinic with areas of specialty in knee and spine rehabilitation and sports performance. He has previously served as President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association and Indiana Athletic Trainers' Associations, Division IV Representative to the NATA State Association Advisory Committee, as athletic training liaison to the Indiana State Medical Association Commission on Sports Medicine, a Board of Certification Home Study Reviewer and Examiner, member of the CAATE Review Committee, and as Chair of the NATA State Association Advisory Committee. Currently, he serves as NATA District IV Director on the NATA National Board of Directors, as a CAATE Site Visitor, and as Vice President of the Indiana Athletic Training Licensure Board.
In recognition of his work, Dr. Lawrance has received numerous awards, including the National Athletic Trainers' Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Service Award, and Young Professionals' Committee National Distinction Award. He has been recognized with the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Educator Awards by Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association. In 2009 he was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association and in 2010 he received the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was recognized as the Distinguished Young Alumni from the University of Indianapolis in 2011. He has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the University of Indianapolis, as the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Teacher by the Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology, and has been selected for the Patsy Mellot Teaching Award and Jane S. Link Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences. In 2017 he was awarded Outstanding Manuscript for Advancing Educational Practice by the Athletic Training Education Journal. In 2021, he was named a Senior Fellow in the Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship program and was an IMPACT Fellow through the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence. In the 2022-2023 academic year, he was selected and participated as a Insights Fellow through the Provost Office at Purdue.
A native of North Webster, IN., Dr. Lawrance received his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Athletic Training from Butler University, a Master's degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety from Middle Tennessee State University, and Master's in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Health Science degrees from the University of Indianapolis.
Jennifer Popp, Ed.D., LAT, ATC
Clinical Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Popp joined the Purdue Athletic Training faculty in 2017 with the academic rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. She was promoted to a rank of Clinical Associate Professor, effective August 10, 2020 and to the rank of Clinical Professor, effective August 17, 2023. She currently serves as the program’s Clinical Education Coordinator.
Dr. Popp has over 25 years of experience in the athletic training profession, including teaching and clinical practice. Dr. Popp's academic expertise lie in the areas of injury assessment, therapeutic interventions, and acute care, where she has both clinical and teaching experience. Additionally, Dr. Popp has conducted research in the area of emergency management in athletic training, with this research resulting in a number of publications and professional presentations. More recently, Dr. Popp has provided training in these skills, especially the evaluation and management of exertional heat illnesses, as hospital systems and athletic trainers implement new policies and procedures. Emergency preparation of athletic trainers is an area that Dr. Popp is particularly passionate about; as a result, she incorporates a variety of teaching techniques in the classroom to ensure that students are prepared in this area.
Dr. Popp has been involved in service at the national, district, and state levels throughout her professional career. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA), as well as a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) District Secretaries and Treasurers Committee. Dr. Popp also serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), in addition to serving the university on various committees and work groups as needed. However, Dr. Popp’s most valuable form of service is to the students enrolled in the program, as she strives to mentor them in a multitude of ways, including professional presentations, professional service, and career planning. As a result of Dr. Popp’s professional and service contributions, she was awarded the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2015 and the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainer of the Year for the College/University setting in 2008. In 2021, Dr. Popp was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.
A native of Harvard, IL., Dr. Popp received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Western Illinois University, a Master's degree in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a Doctorate in Education degree from Ball State University.
Alice Wilcoxson, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, PT
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Alice Wilcoxson rejoined the Purdue Athletic Training faculty and staff in August 2004 in a split appointment with intercollegiate athletics and the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Her primary responsibilities in athletics includes providing athletic training services in Mackey Arena and clinical instruction for students in the athletic training education program. Academically, she teaches several courses and oversees the clinical education component of the athletic training education program.
Dr. Wilcoxson served in a variety of roles within Purdue's Intercollegiate Athletics, the Student Health Center Physical Therapy Department, and the Recreational Sports Center Athletic Training Room from 1992 - 2000. She left Purdue from 2000- 2004, to serve as the Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Wilcoxson is a recipient of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association Outstanding Educator Award, and in 2021, she was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.
A native of Albany, KY., Alice earned her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education / Athletic Training at Eastern Kentucky University, her Master's of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and her Ph.D. from Purdue.
Craig Voll, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, PT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine Concentration Coordinator
Dr. Craig Voll is rejoining the Purdue Athletic Training faculty where he will serve as the coordinator for the Health and Kinesiology Sports Medicine Concentration. Dr. Voll previously served as an assistant athletic trainer, physical therapist, and continuing lecturer at Purdue from 1999-2014. Prior to returning to Purdue Dr. Voll served as Manager of Sports Medicine for Franciscan Health in Lafayette where he led a team of 42 athletic trainers and 3 physicians providing comprehensive athletic health care services to 14,000+ athletes at 29 area high schools
Dr. Voll, a 2014 Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame inductee and 2018 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Golden Pinnacle Award winner, has practiced athletic training in a variety of settings, including professional, collegiate, high school, and clinic. He has previously served as the National Athletic Trainers Association District IV Director, President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Associations, and as Division IV Representative on the NATA State Association Advisory Committee. Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the NATA Athletic Training Compensation Taskforce and a member of the NATA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access taskforce.
In recognition of his work, Dr. Voll has received numerous awards, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Service Award, and Excellence in Leadership Award. He has also received the Distinguished Service, President’s Excellence and Outstanding Educator Awards by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2012 he received the Joe A. Harvey Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 2007 was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was recognized with the Alumnus Achievement Award from Eastern Michigan University in 2018 and was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Teacher by the Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology in 2014.
A native of Euclid, OH., Dr. Voll received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Eastern Michigan University, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Purdue University. In his spare time, Dr. Voll enjoys spending time with his family and friends, coaching baseball and softball and fishing. He and his wife (Corry) of 27 years are proud parents of two sons (Ryan and Casey) and a daughter (Hannah) and currently reside in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Larry Leverenz, Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Professor Emeritus of Health and Kinesiology
Dr. Larry Leverenz joined the Purdue staff in 1991 and served as the Curriculum Director for 26 years, retiring from full-time teaching in 2017.
Dr. Leverenz currently is a Professor Emeritus and still actively contributes to the athletic training program. He has served professionally as a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council and as president of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the President of the World Federation of Athletic Training/Therapy (WFATT). Currently, Dr. Leverenz serves as president of the Indiana Athletic Training Licensure Board. A leader in the globalization of the athletic training profession, Dr. LeverenzDr. Leverenz was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dr. Leverenz previously worked as assistant athletic trainer at the University of Iowa. Before that, he was the athletic training curriculum director/assistant athletic trainer at Western Illinois for seven years, athletic trainer at Macomb (Ill.) High School for five years and assistant athletic trainer at the U.S. Air Force Academy for three years. He served as athletic trainer for the Purdue Men's Basketball team from 1993-2006.
A native of Fithian, Ill., Dr. Leverenz received a B.S. in physical education and biology from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, an M.S. in physical education from Western Illinois and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa.
Emily Krodel, MD
Medical Director, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Team Physician
Dr. Emily Krodel joined the Purdue sports medicine staff as team physician and program medical director in 2019. She also serves as a Clinical Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology where she teaches in the athletic training curriculum.
Prior to coming to Purdue, Dr. Krodel served as Assistant Director for Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. She was also the Medical Director and Primary Care Head Team Physician at South Carolina State University Student Health Center.
Dr. Krodel has presented nationally at the AMSSM National Meeting and published invited book chapters on various orthopedic conditions. She has held positions on the medical staff of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina Central University, Special Olympics, NBA All Star week, University of South Carolina, and the University of Louisville.
Dr. Krodel, a native of Jasper, Ind., received a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Evansville and her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.