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Rod Harter


Director, Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program; Professor of Athletic Training;

Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Programs, College of Education





  • Ph.D. –University of Oregon
  • M.S. – Indiana State University
  • B.S. – East Stroudsburg University

Contact Information:


A132 Jowers Center, 512-245-2972 (Faculty office)

2136 Education Building, 512-245-5543 (Associate Dean office)


Biosketch/Research Interests:

Dr. Rod Harter serves as the director of Texas State University’s entry-level athletic training education program, established in 1971 and recently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2019-2020 academic year.

A native of Pennsylvania, Harter earned his Bachelor of Science degree at East Stroudsburg University in health and physical education in 1976. He became a BOC-certified athletic trainer in 1978 after completing his Master of Science degree in athletic training at Indiana State University. A clinician for the first decade of his career, Harter’s first professional position was as head athletic trainer at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana from 1977 to 1980, and then at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon from 1981 to 1987.

Harter earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon with a specialization in biomechanics in March 1987, and accepted an appointment as an assistant professor at San Jose State University later that year. Dr. Harter was elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 1991 and a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2012. Harter is a longtime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Harter’s research interests involve the application of biomechanical principles to the prevention and clinical management of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, primarily at the ankle (chronic ankle instability), the knee (ACL injury and osteoarthritis) and the shoulder (glenohumeral instability and GIRD).

Prior to his employment at Texas State University, Dr. Harter was a member of the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Oregon State University from 1990 to 2009, serving as the director of their accredited entry-level athletic training education program from 1990 to 2004. Harter was also the founding program director of the NATA-accredited, post-professional graduate athletic training education program at San Jose State University (1987-1990) in California. He currently holds a two-year visiting professor appointment with the Sports Therapy Program at Edge Hill University near Manchester, England.

Rod lives in Austin with his partner Nikki Valasquez, and is the father of three adult children: Jackson, a graduate student in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University; Harrison, a 2011 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston; and Kelsey, a student at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon.

Dr. Harter’s recent peer-reviewed publications include:

Chavez A, Knudson D, Harter RA, McCurdy K: Activity-specific effects of fatigue protocols may influence landing kinematics. International Journal of Exercise Science, 6: 242-249, 2013.

Hilgendorf J, Vela VI, Gobert DV, Harter RA: Influence of vestibular-ocular reflex training on postural stability, dynamic visual acuity and gaze stabilization in patients with chronic ankle instability. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 4: 220-229, 2012.

Hayes BT, Harter RA, Widrick JJ, Williams DP, Hoffman MA, Hicks-Little CA: Lack of neuromuscular origins of adaptation after a long-term stretching program. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 21: 99-106, 2012.

Fife G, Harter RA: A comparison of concussion assessment and management protocols used by medical personnel at elite taekwondo tournaments in the Republic of Korea and the United States. Archives of Budo, 8: 1-6, 2012.

Pickerill ML, Harter RA: Validity and reliability of limits-of-stability testing: A comparison of two postural stability evaluation devices. Journal of Athletic Training, 46: 600-606, 2011.

Hayes BT, Hicks-Little CA, Harter RA, Widrick JJ, Hoffman MA: Intersession reliability of Hoffmann reflex gain and pre-synaptic inhibition in the human soleus muscle. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90: 2131-2134, 2009.

Hoffman MA, Harter RA, Hayes BT, Wojtys EM, Murtaugh P: The interrelationships among sex hormone concentrations, motoneuron excitability and anterior tibial displacement in women and men. Journal of Athletic Training, 43: 364-372, 2008.

Sullivan JA, Hoffman MA, Harter RA: Shoulder proprioception, strength and patient satisfaction following thermal, open and arthroscopic capsulorrhaphy for recurrent anterior instability. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 17: 389-394, 2008.