PEORIA, Ill. - Dr. Steve Tippett, chair of the Bradley University Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science, has been appointed the school's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. Tippett replaces Dr. Mitch Griffin, who has served as the Faculty Athletics Rep since 2003.
"Dr. Tippett will be an outstanding faculty representative for our University," Bradley University President Joanne Glasser said. "Dr. Tippett is a passionate advocate for our students and he is committed to assuring that each of our student-athletes succeeds in the classroom and in their intercollegiate competition."
"I want to thank to Dr. Griffin for his outstanding service and for assisting our student-athletes and the Athletic Department for the last nine years," Glasser said. "Dr. Griffin has continued a strong Bradley tradition of promoting academic excellence among our student-athletes and the Athletic Department."
Following 17 years of full-time clinical work, Dr. Tippett began his teaching duties at Bradley in 1995 and is completing his third year as the department chair. While he continues to be involved in teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs, Dr. Tippett also serves as the consulting physical therapist for the Bradley Athletics Department and treats patients for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at the Illinois Neurological Institute.
Dr. Tippett earned his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University, then his master's degree in health, physical education and recreation, as well as his Ph.D. in higher education administration, from Illinois State University. His area of expertise is musculoskeletal physical therapy, particularly in the area of sport injury evaluation and treatment. He was one of the original 16 Sports Clinical Specialists accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1987 and continues to hold that certification.
Dr. Tippett's present research interests include outcome assessment following total knee anthroplasty. He has presented more than 200 continuing education seminars at the local, state, national and international levels. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.