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Dr. Elizabeth I. Ackley

Brian H. Thornhill Assoc Professor of Health & Human Perform


Department: Health and Human Performance
Office: 377 Cregger Center

540-375-5292

ackley@roanoke.edu

Courses

Degrees

  • B.S. Kinesiology - SUNY Cortland College, Cortland, NY
  • M.S. Exercise Science - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Ph.D. Human Performance - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Health Equity
  • Special populations
  • Chronic disease
  • Physical activity epidemiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Human performance and exercise physiology
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Research methods and measurement issues

Scholarly Activities

Professional Affiliation

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Non-Academic Positions
  • Director, Center for Community Health Innovation at Roanoke College (www.roanoke.edu/healthinnovation)

Recent Presentations (denotes mentored undergraduate research student)

    • Rohrbaugh, P., Kolcz, H., & Ackley, E. Neighborhood Resources Supporting Physical Activity: Perceived Access and Weight-Related Health Status in Youth. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Convening, Greenville, SC [2019, February] Undergraduate Research Award Winner – 3rd Place

    • Ansell, K., Freeman, M., Hutchinson, E., Kolcz, H. Rohrbaugh, P., Sitze, H., & Ackley, E. Active Commuting and Weight-Related Health Status in Elementary School-Aged Youth: A Preliminary Investigation. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Convening, Greenville, SC [2019, February]

    • Kolcz, H., Hannon, J., & Ackley, E. Evaluating Physical Activity in a Local Afterschool Program: Comparison to Established National Guidelines. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Convening, Greenville, SC [2019, February]

    • Priester, K., Freeman, M., & Ackley, E. Neighborhood Access to Healthy Foods and Weight-Related Health Status in Elementary School-Aged Youth. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Convening, Greenville, SC [2019, February] 

    • Walkington, H., Hall, E., Shanahan, J., Ackley, E., & Stewart, K. Salient practices of award-winning undergraduate research mentors: Excellence, freedom and control. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Bergen, Norway [2018, October].

    • Ackley, E. The Roanoke Valley Community Healthy Living Index: A Grassroots Approach to Community Health Surveillance. International Society for Physical Activity and Healthy, London, UK [2018, October]

    • Miller, P.C, Vandermass-Peeler, M., Ackley, E., Ketcham, C., & Palmer, R. J. Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. Council on Undergraduate Research Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA [Panel; 2018, July]

    • Hall, E., Walkington, H., Ackley, E., Shanahan, J., & Stewart, K. Achieving balance in academic identity and career – insights from award winning undergraduate research mentors. Society for Research in Higher Education. Newport, Wales, UK [2017, December].

    • Walkington, H., Shanahan, J., Hall, E., Ackley, E., & Stewart, K. Striving for Excellence in Undergraduate-Research Mentoring:  The Challenges and Approaches to Ten Salient Practices. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Convention, Alberta, CAN [2017, October]

    • Walkington, H., Stewart, K., Shanahan, J. O., Hall, E., & Ackley, E. Salient Practices of Award Winning Undergraduate Research Mentors – Excellence, Freedom, and Control. Society for Research in Higher Education Annual International Conference, South Wales, United Kingdom [2016, December]

    • Shanahan, J., Ackley, E., Hall, E., Stewart, K., & Walkington, H. Ten Salient Practices of Undergraduate Research Mentors. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Los Angeles, CA [2016, October]

Extracurricular

Community service; trail running; mountain biking; urban farming

Books

Walkington, H., Hall, E., Shanahan, J. O., Ackley, E., Stewart, K. (2018). Striving for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring: The Challenges and Approaches to Ten Salient Practices. (In Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Moore, J., & Miller, P. C., (Eds.), Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

Recent Publications

  • Hall, E., Walkington, H., Ackley, E., Shanahan, J. O., & Stewart, K. (2018). Mentoring perspectives on the place of undergraduate research mentoring in academic identity and career development: An analysis of award winning mentors”. International Journal of Academic Development, 23(1), 15-27. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2017.1412972

  • Shanahan, J. O., Walkington, H., Ackley, E., Hall, E., & Stewart, K. (2017). Award-winning mentors see democratization as the future of undergraduate research. CUR Quarterly: Undergraduate Research and Higher Education of the Future, 37(4), 4-11. Doi: 10.18833/curq/37/4/14

  • Mueller, C., Ackley-Holbrook, E. (2016). Impact of a school cross-country program on health-related physical fitness and self-efficacy in youth with sensory impairments. PALAESTRA, 30(1).

  • Ackley-Holbrook, E., Kang, M., & Morgan, D. W. (2016). Development and implementation of the Walk for Health program: A pedometer-based walking intervention for adults with visual impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 110(1).

  • Shanahan, J. O., Ackley-Holbrook, E., Hall, E., & Stewart, K., Walkington, H. (2015). Ten salient practices of undergraduate research mentors: A review of the literature. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2015.1126162

Awards and Honors

  • Brian H. Thornhill Endowed Professor (2017)
  • Roanoke College Faculty Scholar Award (2012, 2017)
  • "Rising Star" Harris Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (2015)

Grants

External

  • “Invest Health Collaboration: Examining Best Practices through the ReFresh Model” (2018). Reinvestment Fund, Co-Author [$22,500 – Funded]
  • “Building Healthy, Equitable Communities for Children and Families” (2018). ChangeLab Solutions & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [$67,000 - Technical Assistance; Awarded
  • “Community Investment Grant: The Roanoke Valley Community Healthy Living Index” (2017). Freedom First Credit Union, Author [$5,000 – Funded]
  • “Northwest Food Access Planning Grant” (2017). City of Roanoke HUD Grant, Lead Author [$55,064 – Funded]
  • “Invest Health: Strategies for a Healthier Roanoke Valley” (2016). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Reinvestment Fund, Author [$60,000 – Funded]

Internal

  • 2017    Faculty Scholar Award, Roanoke College [Funded]
               Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College [Funded]
               Pathways Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [Funded]
               Pathways Undergraduate Research Award, Roanoke College [Funded]
  • 2016    Pathways Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [Funded]
               Pathways Undergraduate Research Award, Roanoke College [Funded]
  • 2015    Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College [$4,300]
               Pathways Undergraduate Research Grant, Roanoke College [$1,800]
               Pathways Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [$900]
  • 2014    Faculty Summer Research Award, Roanoke College [$4,000 – Funded]
  • 2013    Experiential Service Learning Grant, Roanoke College [$900 – Funded]
               Summer Scholar Research Program, Roanoke College [Awarded]
  • 2011   Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, Roanoke College [Awarded]
               Library Materials Grant, Roanoke College [$1,790 – Funded]
               Faculty Starter Grant, Roanoke College [$1,500 – Funded]
               Course Materials Grant, Roanoke College [$1,500 – Funded]
  • 2010   Faculty Enrichment Grant, Roanoke College [$600 – Funded]
               Faculty Starter Grant, Roanoke College [$2,000 – Funded]
               Faculty Pedagogical Development Grant, Roanoke College [$500 – Funded]

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