Program Director, Lecturer
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Susan Edkins is in her 17th year at UNCP. A Burlington, NC native, Edkins has held several positions within the Athletic Department, including Assistant Athletic Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Compliance Officer, and Sr. Woman Administrator. Currently, she is the Director for UNCP's Athletic Training Education Program. Her primary teaching responsibilities include: Introduction to Athletic Training, Therapeutic Modalities Lab, Organization and Administration of Athletic Training, Pharmacology and Clinical Education VI.
She is a 1989 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Physical Education. Edkins later earned her M.S. in Physical Education and Human Movement Studies from the University of Oregon in 1991, while serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the University's athletic program.
What do students like best about your class?
I think students enjoy the laboratory experiences they receive in my classes. They have an opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. I have had several students who have learned information in my Anatomy and Physiology class that has helped them when they or a family member is hospitalized. Because they were familiar with anatomical terms and medical conditions, they were able to ask educated questions and get the information they needed to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
What makes the classroom experience at UNCP unique?
At UNCP students have the unique opportunity of getting to know their professors outside of the classroom as well as inside the classroom. In the Athletic Training Program, students will observe and later assist their professors in the clinical setting of the athletic training room. Students at UNCP get a "personal touch" that students at larger universities miss out on.
She is married to Brain Edkins, a former UNCP soccer standout, who is Assistant Principal and the Director of Athletics at South View Senior High School in Hope Mills, NC. The couple resides in Lumberton, NC and are the proud parents of two sons: Caleb, 10, and Hunter, 7.