Rachel R. Swinford

PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone:
(317) 274-0875
Fax:
(317) 278-2041
Email:
rswinfor@iupui.edu
Department:
Kinesiology

Résumé/CV

PE 218
IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management - IUPUI
901 W. New York Street, Ste. 250
Indianapolis, IN
46202

Education

Ph.D., School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University, Dissertation Adapted dance–Connecting Mind, Body and Soul

M.S., School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Indiana University

B.S., School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Indiana University

Biography

Rachel is a Clinical Assistant Professor at IUPUI in the Kinesiology Department where she teaches a variety of exercise science courses, a few dance courses, and a leadership development course at Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, WI. She is a firm believer in hands-on learning and involves Service Learning in most of the courses she teaches. She is involved with a service learning program called Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) as well as the INShape IUPUI Program. She also co-directs an adapted dance program for individuals with Down syndrome called Live Laugh Dance.

Courses Taught

  • HPER-P 215 Principles and Practices of Exercise Science
  • HPER-P 403 Theory and Practice of Cardiovascular Exercise
  • HPER-P 443 Internship in Physical Education
  • HPER-R 275 Dynamics of Camp Leadership (Camp Brosius Leadership Development Camp, Elkhart Lake, WI)

Publications

  • Plopper, A., Swinford, R., Bradley, J., Urtel, M. (2016). Camp Brosius Leadership Development Camp. Proceedings of the 2016 Association of Leadership Educators National Conference, 126-138. 
  • Noerr, K. & Swinford, R. (2013) Combining a Cultural Story and Creative Movement into Physical Education. Indiana Journal for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Swinford, R.R., Kline, K.L., Plopper, A.S., & Stanton, K.A. (2012). Adapted dance: findings from a dance program for individuals with Down syndrome. Proceedings from the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity.
  • Swinford R.R., Warden S.J. (2010). Factors affecting short-term precision of musculoskeletal measures using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT). Osteoporosis International, 21: 1863-1870.
  • Meneghini R.M., Smits S., Swinford R., Bahamonde R.E. (2008). A randomized, prospective study of three minimally-invasive surgical approaches in total hip arthroplasty: comprehensive gait analysis. Journal of Arthroplasty, 23(6): 68-73.

Research Interests

  • Leadership development for college students.
  • Dance for individuals with disabilities.
  • Group fitness for individuals with disabilities.

Current Projects

  • Dance Council Vice President, Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Volunteer Group Fitness Instructor, The Gathering Place Sports and Fitness

Honors & Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2017
  • Dance Educator of the Year, Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2015
  • STAR Award, Down Syndrome Indiana , 2014
  • Teaching Award, IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, 2014
  • Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year, IUPUI, 2013
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2012
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2011

Presentations

  • 2016 Plopper, A., Swinford, R. Camp Brosius Leadership Development Camp. Educator Workshop, Association of Leadership Educators National Conference, Sacramento, CA

  • 2015 Swinford, R. Nervous to teach dance? Don’t be! Let your students take the lead by flipping the classroom. Presentation, Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference, Indianapolis, IN

  • Swinford, R., Noerr, K., & Kerr, M. (2014). So You Think You Can’t Dance? Think Again! Easy dance an rhythm activities for ALL PE teachers. Presentation, Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Noerr, K., Streepey, J., Stanton-Nichols, K., & Swinford, R. (2014). Effect of an Adapted Dance Program on Young Adults with Down Syndrome. Presentation, North America Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Swinford, R. & Noerr, K. (2014). Live Laugh Dance Program for Individuals with Down Syndrome. Presentation, National Down Syndrome Congress National Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Sermersheim, M, Stanton-Nichols, K, & Swinford, R. (2014). Outcomes of Individualized Personal Training Programs for Three Adult Siblings with Autism. Poster Presentation, National Council on Undergraduate Research, Lexington, KY
  • Plopper, A., Swinford, R. & Urtel, M. (2014). Camp Brosius Leadership Development Program. Innovative Practices Poster Presentation, Association of Leadership Educators National Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • Swinford, R. & Plopper, A. (2013). Camp Brosius Leadership Development Camp: A 360 Degree Assessment of Leadership Skills. Poster Presentation, Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN | Bradley, J., Plopper, A., Swinford, R. (2013). Our Students Experience the Adventure of Leadership. Presentation & Poster Presentation, E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching, Indianapolis, IN
  • Swinford, R., Noerr, K., & Kerr, M. (2013). Adapted Dance: Creative Movement for All! Presentation, Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference, Indianapolis, IN