Shandra Esparza


Associate Professor
Program Director/Division Chair, Health Professions 

Office: Nursing Building #127
Phone: (210) 832-2132

  • EdD, Walden University, Administrative Leadership
  • MEd, Texas State University, Exercise Science
  • BESS, Texas State University, Athletic Training 
  • University of the Incarnate Word, Associate Professor since 2006
  • Tenure at the University of the Incarnate Word
  • Southwestern University, Assistant Athletic Training/Assistant Professor
  • Texas Lutheran University, Assistant Athletic Training/Instructor
  • Texas State University, Part-time Instructor
  • Pathology
  • Student Success
  • Therapeutic Medications
  • Therapeutic Modalities and Lab
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Cultural Competence
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Simulation

Refereed Articles

  • Denton, J. M., Esparza, S. D., Fike, D. S., and Gonzalez, J. (in press, 2016). Improvements in Cultural Competency through Classroom and Local Cross-Cultural Service-Learning Activities. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 30 (2),6-13.
  • Fike, D., Denton, J., Esparza, S. D., and Palombaro, K. (2016). Calculation of Minimal Detectable Change of Construct Sub-scales of a Cultural Competence Instrument. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 30 (1), 25-20.
  • Breitbach, A., Richardson, R., Berry, D., Eberman, L., and Esparza, S. D. (2015). Interprofession Education in Athletic Training. Journal of Athletic Training Education.


  • 2015 [Year 1 of 3]: Webber, B., Esparza, S. D. , and Fisher, R. A., Athletic Trainers in the Air Force, Co-Principal Investigator, GOV-Department of Defense (DD).
  • 2014: Denton, J. M., Esparza, S. D. , and Fike, D. S., Effectiveness of Cultural Competency Classroom and Experiential Learning in DPT and Athletic Training Programs, Co-Principal Investigator.



  • Esparza, S. D. and Fisher, R. A. (2017, February). Utilization of Collaborative Partnerships to Increase Empathy and Cultural Diversity in Athletic Training Students. NATA Educators' Conference, Grapevine, Texas.
  • Webber, B., Esparza, S. D., Fisher, R. A., Pawlak, M., and Nye, N. (2016, August). Athletic Trainer Integration in U.S. Air Force Basic Training. Military Health System Research Symposium, Orlando, Florida.
  • Denton, J. M. and Esparza, S. D. (2015, June). Improvements in Cultural Knowledge and Skills in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Through Classroom Activities. Summer Institute: Engaging Patients and Professionals to Advance Clinical Excellence, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Esparza, S. D. (2013, June). IPE: Research, Challenges, and Future. NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • Carleton, B., Barton-Weston, H., Griffiths, R., and Esparza, S. D. (2016). Health, Athletic Training, and Kinesiology Team Work in Higher Education. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Conference, Galveston, Texas.
  • Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Texas State Athletic Trainers Association
  • $980,000 grant award with the U.S. Air Force
  • Athletic Training Education Program Robert "Bobby" Patton Leadership & Guidance in Athletic Training Education Award, University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Athletic Training Alumni of the Year Award, Texas State University at San Marcos
  • Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, James Dodson "New Horizon Award" for outstanding service to the profession in the first five years of practice.