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Ericka Zimmerman

Ericka Zimmerman


College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3513
Office: 428 Health and Human Sciences Building


Ericka Zimmerman is the Director of the School of Health Sciences and Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in physical education/athletic training from Indiana State University and a doctoral degree from Marshall University in Leadership Studies, where her doctoral work focused on risk management for athletic trainers. She is certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) and is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners (NCBATE). Before entering the academic arena full-time Dr. Zimmerman was a clinical athletic trainer in the university setting and worked closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to develop and implement the NAIA-ATA Sports Medicine Handbook. Prior to her arrival at Western Carolina University she was an associate professor and program director of athletic training and the Chair of the Department of Athletic Training at the University of Charleston. While in West Virginia she was the recipient of the Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2006 and Athletic Training Educator of the Year in 2008 and 2012. She is a 2010 recipient of the NATA's Athletic Trainer Service Award, 2016 recipient of the BOC’s Dan Libera Service Award, and a 2017 recipient of the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.


  • EDD, Marshall University, Leadership Studies: Higher Education Administration
  • MS, Indiana State University
  • BA, St Andrews Presbyterian College

Teaching Interests

Organization and administration<br>Public health in athletic training<br>Therapeutic modalities<br>Pharmacology, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial issues

Research Interests

Administration and leadership in athletic training and the health professions.<br>Risk management, including policies and procedures, in athletic training.

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