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Wanda Hargroder

Wanda Hargroder

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies in Human Movement Science
School of Kinesiology
College of Human Sciences & Education

What was your previous position and where?

I have served on the campus as an assistant director of recreational sports, now known as University Recreation, from 1992-1995, and then I served as assistant dean of students from 1995-2001. At that time I became a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, now the School of Kinesiology.

What brought you to LSU?

I came to LSU as a freshman in college and received all three of my degrees from this university. When I graduated from Winnsboro High School, I received an academic scholarship to attend LSU.

What are your research interests?

I have two. The first is predictors of success in human anatomy at Research I institutions. This was my dissertation topic and I examined several factors such as self-efficacy and outcome expectancy. The other is studying the attitudinal behaviors of college students toward persons with disabilities.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

My hope is to help establish the School of Kinesiology as a premier undergraduate program preparing students entering the medical field in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, medical and dental schools. We have had remarkable success in having our students accepted into these programs throughout the United States including both branches of LSU Shreveport and New Orleans, Columbia University PT Program, Stanford Medical School, Yale PA Program, University of Alabama PA Program, University of North Carolina PT Program, Texas Women's University OT and PT Programs and numerous others. I hope to establish a cadaver lab in the Huey Long Fieldhouse. Currently, we have one housed in the LSU Vet School. They have been quite generous with their space but having one in our building would allow us to expand the lab offerings.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy the students. I enjoy watching them succeed and to reach their academic goals. I enjoy the theater of lecture, the interaction with students and their quest for knowledge. Having been on this campus since I was 17 makes it home and I enjoy having that part of my past remaining part of my future.

What are your major accomplishments?

Establishment of the human cadaver lab is probably my greatest professional accomplishment. It is very rare for undergraduate students to have the opportunity to learn in a cadaver lab. This course prepares our students for their first semester in graduate school, and they often excel and finish at the top of their class. In addition, I established an internship for undergraduate students that allow them to "shadow" a professional in the Baton Rouge community. This program meets the patient contact hours requirement that students must meet in order to apply to graduate programs. These two programs have helped give our students an advantage and our acceptance rate has improved.


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