Shandra Esparza

EdD, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers Association/Licensed Athletic Trainer, State of Texas

Office: Nursing Building #230
E-mail: sesparza@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 832-2132

  • Educational Degrees

    • Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership from Walden University
    • Master of Education in Exercise Science from Texas State University
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in Athletic Training from Texas State University
  • Brief Academic and Teaching History

    • Texas Lutheran University-Assistant Athletic Training/Instructor
    • Southwestern University-Assistant Athletic Training/Assistant Professor
    • Texas State University-Part-time Instructor
    • University of the Incarnate Word-Associate Professor since 2006
    • Awards and Accomplishments
    • Tenure at the University of the Incarnate Word
    • $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.
  • Courses Taught

    • Therapeutic Modalities & Lab
    • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
    • Therapeutic Medications
    • Pathology
    • Student Success
  • Research Interests

    • Cultural Competence
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Simulation
  • Recent Intellectual Contributions

    Refereed Articles

    1. Denton, J. M., Esparza, S. D., Fike, D. S., & 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.
    2. Fike, D., Denton, J., Esparza, S. D., & 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.
    3. Breitbach, A., Richardson, R., Berry, D., Eberman, L., & Esparza, S. D. (2015). Interprofession Education in Athletic Training. Journal of Athletic Training Education.

    Grants

    1. 2015 [Year 1 of 3]: Webber, B., Esparza, S. D. , & Fisher, R. A., Athletic Trainers in the Airforce, Co-Principal Investigator, GOV-Department of Defense (DD).
    2. 2014: Denton, J. M., Esparza, S. D. , & Fike, D. S., Effectiveness of Cultural Competency Classroom and Experiential Learning in DPT and Athletic Training Programs, Co-Principal Investigator.

    Presentations:

    National

    1. Esparza, S. D. & Fisher, R. A. (2017, February). Utilization of Collaborative Partnerships to Increase Empathy and Cultural Diversity in Athletic Training Students. NATA Educators' Conference, Grapevine, Texas.
    2. Webber, B., Esparza, S. D., Fisher, R. A., Pawlak, M., & Nye, N. (2016, August). Athletic Trainer Integration in U.S. Air Force Basic Training. Military Health System Research Symposium, Orlando, Florida.
    3. Denton, J. M. & 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.
    4. Esparza, S. D. (2013, June). IPE: Research, Challenges, and Future. NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    State

    1. Carleton, B., Barton-Weston, H., Griffiths, R., & 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.
  • Professional Memberships

    • National Athletic Trainers Association
    • Texas State Athletic Trainers Association
    • Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association
  • Awards and Accomplishments

    • Tenure at the University of the Incarnate Word
    • $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.