Title: Associate Professor
Company: West Chester University
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Melissa Whidden, Associate Professor at West Chester University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science.
Dr. Whidden grew up as a gymnast. In that sport, you have many injuries. She thinks it is how her body adapted and recovered, which was amazing and it inspired her. It led her to study exercise and the human body in college. She was not sure what to do with that until she found the exercise science major. After taking a class, she immediately knew this was the career path she needed to set out on. She enjoyed just learning the information, how exercise impacts the body, constantly doing research, and learning more and more. She matriculated at the University at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and exercise science in 2001 and a Master of Science in applied physiology in 2003. She then received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida in 2008.
Dr. Whidden attributes her success to the fact that she cares that her students are learning. Sometimes professors will go through the motions, but she tries to reach out to her students and makes herself available to her students when they need her. Such as a student asking to do research with her, which makes her excited. In addition, the fact that she loves what she teaches and the students at West Chester are great, which makes it easy to enjoy it. Since 2011, she has been an associate professor at West Chester University. As a testament to her success. Dr. Whidden received a Faculty Advising Award from the College of Health Science and an Excellent Teaching Award from the Honors Program.
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