Athletic Training Faculty

Susan Edkins, EdD, LAT, ATC

Senior Lecturer/Athletic Training Program Director

Web Information Coordinator
Phone: 910.521.6480
Location: 1227 Jones Building

Dr. Edkins has been at UNCP since 1991. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and has served as the Program Director for the Athletic Training Program since October 2004. Prior to becoming the Program Director, Edkins served as the Clinical Education Coordinator.  Her areas of expertise include: Physical Activity and Nutrition, Leadership and Management, Medical and Mental Health Conditions.  Edkins previously served several positions within the Athletic Department, including Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Officer, and Senior Woman Administrator.

She is a 1989 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A in Biology and a B.S. in Physcial Education. Edkins earned her M.S. in Physical Education and Human Movement Studies with an emphasis in Athletic Training with a minor in Clinical Anatomy from the University of Oregon in 1991, while serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Ducks' athletic program.  She is a doctoral candidate in the EdD in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is completing her dissertation on Appropriate Medical Care for North Carolina Secondary School Athletes.  She is married to Brian Edkins, a former UNCP soccer standout, who is the Principal at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, NC. The couple resides in Lumberton and are the parents of three boys.

Beverly Justice, EdD, LAT, ATC

Senior Lecturer/Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator
Phone:  (910) 521-6273
Location:  1224 Jones Building

Dr. Justice, who complete her undergraduate degree at UNCP (then PSU), returned to her alma mater in 1994.  She has served as the Athletic Training Program's Clinical Education Coordinator since November 2004. As Clinical Education Coordinator, Justice is responsible for overseeing the clinical education component of the Athletic Training Program as well as coordinating all of the clinical rotations the ATP's students perform, both on- and off-campus. In addition, she serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology.  Her areas of expertise include Orthopedic Assessment, Use of Outcome Measures, Evidence-Based Practice, and Exercise Physiology.  Justice previously served as the Head Volleyball Coach at UNC Pembroke for seven seasons and the Assistant Athletic Trainer for 11 years. She also served as the assistant volleyball coach and assistant women's basketball coach during her tenure at UNC Pembroke.  

The Whiteville, NC native graduated from UNC Pembroke (then Pembroke State University) in 1992 with a BS in Health, Physical Education and Recreation: Athletic Training. She then became a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Western Michigan University where she earned her masters degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the EdD in Kinesiology program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is completing her dissertation of the use of Patient-Rated Outcome Measures by Athletic Trainers.  

Caroline Taylor, MA, LAT, ATC, OPE-C

Phone:  (910) 775-4673
Location:  1213 Jones Building

Mrs. Taylor joined the Department of Kinesiology in August 2016 as a full-time as a Lecturer in the Athletic Training Program after previously teaching adjunct for the program for several years.  She also served as a graduate assistant and then a full-time faculty member and Assistant Athletic Trainer at UNC Pembroke for several years.  She comes to UNCP from Southeastern Health where she served as the Athletic Training Supervisor overseeing the 6 certified athletic trainers who serve the Public Schools of Robeson County. She also worked in the clinic with Dr. Eric Breitbart at Southeastern Orthopedics.   Her areas of expertise are emergency medicine, therapeutic interventions, and diagnostic imaging/casting for the orthopedic physician extender.

Caroline is a native of Bladen County and a 2002 graduate of East Carolina University.  She completed her Master of Arts degree in Physical Education at UNCP in 2006 while serving as a gradaute assistant athletic trainer with women's soccer and women's basketball.   Caroline and her husband Brad reside in Dublin, NC with their three children.