Ploeger, Walker named dean and associate dean of health sciences

Robin Ploeger has been named dean of The University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences. Ploeger holds a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She has served as associate dean of the  college since 2015. She came to TU in 1995 as a faculty member in the athletic training program and was named director in 2002.

“We have great programs in the Oxley College of Health Sciences, but I’m not sure that is widely known, especially among those outside of the specific health-related disciplines in our college,” said Ploeger. “My goal is to spread the word about the great programs, faculty and students. Our alumni are doing great work in Tulsa, in Oklahoma and throughout the country and the world.”

Ploeger has served the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in various committees associated with athletic training students and accreditation. She served as the chair of the National Athletic Training Student Committee and mentor to the NATA Athletic Training Students’ Committee. She is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). From 2014-16, she served as the chair for the CAATE Site Visit Committee and is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Ploeger has named Ron Walker the associate dean of the college. He holds a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from TU. “He will move into this role over the summer,” said Ploeger. “I am confident that Ron has the knowledge, experience and personal attributes to be successful in this position. I look forward to working with him in this role as the college continues to grow and develop.” Walker is a licensed and certified athletic trainer with 20 years of experience in injury/illness prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, therapeutic intervention/treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Prior to this assignment, he served as a clinical associate professor of athletic training and director of the athletic training program at TU.

Walker is  active in service leadership at state, regional and national levels. He has served as president and treasurer of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association; as the treasurer of the Mid-America AT Association and chair of the finance committee; as an accreditation site visitor for the CAATE; and on the Board of Certification Regulatory Conference advisory panel. Walker is a 2016 recipient of The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2015 NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the 2012 NATA Athletic Training Service Award. He is well known for his work to establish policy that addresses health and safety issues in youth sports.