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Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman

Name: Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman 
Title: Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies; Director of Academic Disability Services; Director of the Huntingdon Ability Sport Network; Section 504 Coordinator
Phone Number: (334) 833-4465
Office and/or Address: Weil Center, 102A
  • Harvard University (post-doctoral) Institutes of Higher Education Management Development Certificate
  • Ph.D., Adapted Physical Activity and Disability Sport, University of Alberta, 1998; Dissertation: “Women in Elite Disability Sport: Multidimensional Perspectives”
  • M.S., Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education, Western Illinois University, 1993
  • B.A., Physical Education, California State University-Chico, 1991

Professional Licensure

  • Nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE)
  • National Consortium for the Physical Education of Individuals with Disabilities

Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman has served as a member of the faculty at Longwood University and Endicott College in addition to her tenure at Huntingdon; and has taught courses for Auburn University Montgomery, Alabama State University, the University of Alberta, California State University-Humboldt, and Boston University.  An expert in disability sport, Dr. Dorman served as the executive director and principal for the Paul Center for Learning and Recreation and, at Huntingdon, developed the College’s Wheelin’ Hawks program, Adapted Physical Education program, and Disability Sport Network.  In other capacities at Huntingdon, she helped to develop and served as the executive director for the Adult Degree Completion Program (part of the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies), and served as an associate dean of academic affairs before stepping into the role of interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. She also helped to develop the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and served as the first director for that program.

Dr. Dorman has spoken widely on the topics of disability sport and multiple sclerosis, and has served as a National M.S. Society Gateway to Wellness instructor.  She is a manuscript reviewer for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with Disabilities and served for a decade as a member of the Commission on Women and Sport of the International Paralympic Committee and Memberships.

Other Professional Positions at Huntingdon College:

  • Dean, School of Teacher Education and Sport Science
  • Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Coordinator – Disability Services
  • Executive Director – Ability Sport Network

Other Professional Roles:

  • 2016–2017, Member and President Elect, Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. (ALACTE).
  • 2016–Present, Approved site visitor, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • 2014–Present, Appointed member, Special Education Advisory Panel, Alabama State Department of Education (SEAP)
  • 2011–2017, Field Editor for Active Aging, Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with Disabilities.
  • 2004–Present, Manuscript Reviewer—Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with Disabilities
  • 2000–2008, Member, Commission on Women and Sport of the International Paralympic Committee


  • 2004–Present,  Phi Epsilon Kappa
  • 1998–Present,  Southern Humanities Council
  • 1994–Present,  International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • 1994–Present,  National Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • 1993–Present,  National Association for Girls and Women in Sport

Awards and Commendations

  • 2016—Women of Achievement Award, Montgomery Business and Professional Women Association, October 22.
  • 2013—Exemplary Teaching at a United Methodist-Related Educational Institution Award. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.
  • 2009—Gordon Chappell Award for Distinguished Academic Service; Huntingdon College
  • 2006—Erasmus Mundus Scholars Fellowship, Adapted Physical Activity Scholar, Czech Republic, Europe (Awarded Only)
  • 2005—duPont Scholars Program – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sport, Culture, and Society Program
  • 2004—Terry Phelps Volunteer Hall of Fame; National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2004—Alex Sawyer Award for Program Development: “Give Me Strength: Nutrition and Exercise Program”; National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Virginia
  • 2004—Longwood Online Technology Institute Scholar; Grant for Professional Development
  • 2004—Vodovnik Award, Third Prize (Research Team: Andrews, BJ, Wheeler, GD, Jeon, JY, Verellen, J, Laskin, JJ,  Olenik, LM, Lederer, R, Burnham, R, Steadward, RD) FES-rowing for persons with Spinal Cord Injury. Bournemouth, UK.
  • 2003—Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to NCATE Accreditation Process, Longwood University
  • 2002—National Achievement Award Representing the Eastern United States; National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2000—Tiffany Leadership Award, State of Alabama
  • 1999—Outstanding Program Award (Super Sports Saturday, Huntingdon College); Southern Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
  • 1998—Dr. & Mrs. John N. Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching, Huntingdon College
  • 1995-97—Dissertation Fellowship-Full Scholarship, University of Alberta
  • 1996-97—Andrew Stewart Memorial Prize for Research, University of Alberta
  • 1994-95—AABRD Legacy Graduate Scholarship, awarded for Outstanding Work with Special Populations; Alberta Parks and Recreation Association
  • 1995—Deutches Olympic Institute Research Fellowship; German Olympic Institute, Berlin, Germany


  • Olson, M., Clarke, H., Olenik-Dorman, L, & Rehm, J. (2016). Predicting Energy and Expenditure Intensity of Youth Wheelchair Basketball. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, September 19
  • Olenik-Dorman (2015). The Experience of Women in Sport: Physical Literacy, Gender Ideology, and Disability. Invited Presentation. U.S. State Department, International Women’s Sport Exchange Program. February 6, 2015
  • Olenik-Dorman, L., Johnson, K. & Olsen, M. Reframing Organizational Needs in Development of Youth Disability Sport: Ability Sport Network at Huntingdon College. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 22, 2014
  • Olenik-Dorman & Clark, L (2014). Development of the Participant Profile in the Disability Sport Network: Public School Partnership. Invited Presentation. Special Education Facilitator Training, Annual Meeting. Montgomery Public Schools. Montgomery, Alabama, February 6
  • Olenik-Dorman, L, St. Martin, R, & Bamman, M (2012) Injury Profiles and Training of the Senior Olympic Athlete: A Pilot Study. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, October 12
  • Olenik, L. (2008). A Body in Motion Remains in Motion: Overcoming External and Internal Resistance to Exercise. Invited Keynote, National Wellness and Exercise Seminar, Rocky Mountain MS Society, Denver, CO, March 29.
  • Olenik, L. (2006). Paralympic Sport Development: Balancing Social-Cultural Issues in Preparation for Beijing 2008. Invited Presentation. Beijing Forum 2006, Olympic Session, Beijing, China. October 28
  • Olenik, L. (2006). The Body Ideal: Athleticism and the ‘Able’ Disabled Athlete. Invited Presentation. The Second International Forum on Women, Sport and Culture, Peking University
    Beijing, China. October 26
  • Olenik, L. (2006). The Body Ideal: Movement, Imagination, and the “Able” Disabled. Invited Keynote, Women’s History Month, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, March
  • Olenik, L. (2006). Classrooms, computers, and correctional facilities: Teaching on and off the grid. Southern Humanities Council Conference, Asheville, North Carolina, February
  • Olenik, L. (2005). The disabled body in the public sphere. Southern Humanities Council Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia, February
  • Olenik, L. (2005). Responding to stress in service. Hospice of Central Virginia, Farmville, Virginia, January
  • Olenik, L. (2004). The social construction of disability: research implications and the female athlete. Invited Keynote, International Women, Sport, and Leadership Congress, Berlin, Germany, December
  • Olenik, L. (2004). Meaningful physical activity and exercise for individuals with MS. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, Virginia, November
  • Olenik, L. (2004). Women and disability: responding to cultural scripts. Women’s Studies Faculty & Student Seminar Series. Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, October.
  • Olenik, L. (2003). Women and sport: policy in action. Commission on Women and Sport, General Assembly Meetings of the International Paralympic Committee, Torino, Italy, November.
  • Olenik, L. (2003). Recreation & exercise: staying fit with MS. New Directions in Wellness, Blue Ridge Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Charlottesville, Virginia, November.
  • Olenik, L. (2003). Do you really want to help me?: Invisible symptoms. Panel Discussion, Blue Ridge Chapter’s Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, Virginia, November.
  • Olenik, L. (2003). Reframing the role of the programs committee: Symbols, human resources, politics, & structure. National Programs Advisory Council Retreat, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Denver, Colorado, October.
  • Olenik, L.M. (2002). Changing bodies, changing minds: Leadership and advocacy. National Leadership Conference, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nashville, Tennessee, November.
  • Olenik, L.M. (2002). Stress and the mind: Responding to stress and chronic illness. Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute, Montgomery, Alabama, April.
  • Olenik, L.M. (2002). Wheelchair dance and creative movement. Southeast Regional College Dance Festival, Montgomery, Alabama, March
  • Olenik, L.M. (2002). Wellness with MS, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic illnesses. CEU Seminar, Huntingdon College Division of Continuing Education and Institute for Lifelong Learning, February
  • Olenik, L.M. (2002). Wellness, disability, and exercise. MWA Regional Conference, Montgomery, Alabama, January
  • Olenik, L., Davis, N., O’Nihill, A., & Jarvis-Ray, R. (2001). Symposium: Providing adapted physical activity across the lifespan. Southern District AAHPERD Convention, Birmingham, Alabama, February.
  • Olenik, L. (2001). Using youth programs to stimulate curriculum development in adapted physical activity. Southern District AAHPERD Convention, Birmingham, Alabama, February.
  • Olenik, L.M. & Barfield, J.P. (2001). Teaching sport skills to children with physical disabilities: An infusion model-part i and ii. World Congress on Disability, College Park, Georgia, September
  • Olenik, L.M. (2001). Health and wellness and women with disability. MWA Education Forum,
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Olenik, L.M. (2001). MS and Wellness. Paving the Way: Anticipating Future Choices for Women. National MS Society, Homewood, Alabama, May
  • Olenik, L.M. & Jharvis-Ray, R. (2000). Body difference and the cultural construction of dis/ability. Community of Health~Health Community~Healthy Community, Southern Humanities Council 53rd Annual Conference, Macon, Georgia
  • Olenik, L.M. (2000). Issues of gender in the making of elite disability sport. North American Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nave, B., & Olenik, L. (2000). Efficacy of the Lakeshore Foundation wellness tennis workout. North American Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Salyer, G. & Olenik, L. (1999). Religion and sport in the American south. Religion in the American South: Toward a Renewed Scholarship. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Olenik, L.M. (1999). The administration and organization of disability sport in the southern United States: the lakeshore foundation. Vista 99- International Conference on Sport for Athletes with a Disability. Cologne, Germany, August
  • Olenik, L.M. (1999). Disability sport. health, physical education, recreation and dance inservice/preservice workshop. Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Olenik, L.M. (1998). Moving towards wellness. Women & MS. Fulfilling the Possibilities Seminar. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Olenik, L.M. & Orr, K. (1998). Creating youth sport programs in Alabama: grassroots programming. Achieving a Balance-Mid Western Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Western Illinois, Macomb
  • Olenik, L. (1998). The social construction difference: Adaption and normalization in sports for athletes with disabilities. Achieving a Balance: Mid Western Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Western Illinois, Macomb
  • Olenik, L.M. (1997). Sport & wellness: implications and opportunities for individual with disability. Alabama Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Olenik, L.M. (1997). The athlete in you. Women & Disability Workshop, Auburn University, Alabama
  • Olenik, L.M. & Williams T. (1996). Social-cultural assumptions in research in adapted physical activity. North American Federation of Adapted Physical activity Annual Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Olenik, L.M. & Steadward, R.D. (1996). Disability sport and the elite female athlete. Third Paralympic Congress, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Olenik, L.M. (1995). Theoretical and methodological issues in disability sport sociology: The female athlete. Breaking the Barriers to Participation: Women with Disabilities in Sport Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. First International Symposium on Women, Disability & Sport Freie University, Berlin, Germany
  • Olenik, L.M. (1995). Adapted physical activity delivery systems in North America. Freie University, Berlin, Germany
  • Olenik, L.M. & DePauw, K. (1995). Women in disability sport. National Association of Sport Sociology: Annual Conference, Sacramento, California
  • Olenik, L.M. (1995). The social construction of the female athlete in disability sport. International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway
  • Olenik, L.M. & Steadward, R.D. (1995). Disability sport socialization and the female athlete: Theoretical and methodological research issues. International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway
  • Olenik, L.M., Steadward, R.D., Wheeler, G. & Legg, D. (1995). Rick Hansen Centre: History, programs & research. International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway
  • Olenik, L. M. (1995). Report on the Meetings of the International Paralympic Sport Science Committee, German Olympic Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • Olenik, L. & Steadward, R.D. (1995). Poster Presentations: 1. Gender Issues in Perception of Disability in Relation to Lifestyle and Well-Being: A Qualitative Study. 2. Women in Disability Sport: Perceptions and Approaches of Women Working in Disability Sport. 3. Disability Sport and the Elite Female Athlete. Research Revelations, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Olenik, L.M. (1994). The development of APE in Canada and U.S. Freie University, Department of Sport Science, Berlin, Germany
  • Olenik, L.M. (1994). Sport science terminology in disability sport. International Paralympic Sport Science Conference, Institute for Adapted Sport Science (Behindentersport), Berlin, Germany
  • Olenik L.M., Matthews, J.M., & Steadward (1994). Woman and disability sport: The Sports Movement. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Olenik L.M., Steadward, R.D., & Wheeler, G.W. (1994). Gender issues in perception of disability in relation to lifestyle and well-being: A qualitative study. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Olenik L.M. (1993). Efficacy of rowing, backward wheeling and isolated adductor exercise as remedial strength activities for wheelchair users: Application of EMG. Vista 1993 International Sport Science Conference, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
  • Olenik L.M. & French, R. (1993). Workshop on behavior management (P.E.). Gainesville Public Schools Gainesville, Texas
  • Olenik, L.M. & French, R. (1993). Workshop on integration of motor movement. Denton Public Schools, Denton, Texas
  • Olenik, L.M. & Davis, R (1993). Hoops, games & more: Perceptual motor activities for the developmentally disabled. Achieving a Balance, Mid-Western Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois


  • Olenik Dorman, L. (in press). Don’t Worry; You Still Look Pretty. In E. D. Martin, Jr. (ED), Significant Disability: Issues Affecting People with Significant Disabilities from a Historical, Policy, Leadership, and Systems Perspective. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publications, LTD.
  • Olenik, L. (2006). Responding to Multiple Sclerosis: the PACE Model, Part 3 – Movement and the Stress Response, Palaestra, 22 (3), 20-25.
  • Frederick, M & Olenik, L. (2005). Moving Well with Multiple Sclerosis – Assessment and Prescribed Activity Using the PACE Model, Part 2, Palaestra, 21 (4), 28-34.
  • Olenik, L. (2005). Moving Well with Multiple Sclerosis: The PACE Model, Palaestra, 21(3), 26-30.
  • Olenik, L. (2005) The Social Construction of Disability: Research Implications and the Female Athlete. In G. Doll-Tepper, G. Pfister, D. Scoretz & C. Bilan (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Congress on Women, Sport, and Leadership. Berlin, Germany: German Federal Institute for Sport Science.
  • Olenik, L. M. (2004). Annotated Bibliography of Disability Sport Materials. Palaestra, 20 (1): 55-56.
  • Olenik, L.M. (2003). The Female Athlete in Paralympic Sport. In R.D. Steadward,  G.D. Wheeler & E. J. Watkinson (Eds.), Adapted Physical Activity (textbook). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta Press.
  • Wheeler, G.D., Ashley, E.A., Harber, V., Laskin, J.J., Olenik, L.M., Burnham, R., Steadward, R.D., & Cumming, D.C. (1996).  Hormonal responses to graded-resistance, FES-assisted strength training in spinal cord-injured.  Spinal Cord, 34
    (50): 264-267.
  • Olenik, L.M., Matthews, J.M., & Steadward, R.D. (1995).  Women and disability sport:  unheard voices.  Canadian Woman Studies Journal, 15 (4), 54-57.
  • Olenik, L.M., Laskin, J.J., Burnham, R., Wheeler, G.D., & Steadward, R.D. (1995).  Efficacy of rowing, backward wheeling and isolated adductor exercise as remedial strength activities for wheelchair users: Application of EMG.  Paraplegia, 33 (3), p. 148-152.
  • Burnham, R., Bell, G., Olenik, L., & Reid, D. (1995).  Shoulder abduction strength measurement in football players:  Reliability and validity of two field tests. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 5 (2), 90-94.
  • Olenik, L. M.., Doll-Tepper, G., & Steadward, R.D. (1995). International Sport Science Resource & Reference Manual, 2nd edition.
  • Olenik, L.M. & Sherrill, C. (1994).  Physical education and the student with HIV-AIDS. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 65 (5), 42-52.
  • Laskin, J.J., Olenik, L.M., Ashley, E.A., Burnham, R., Cumming, D.C., & Steadward, R.D.  (1993).  Electrical stimulation-Assisted rowing exercise in persons with spinal cord injury, a pilot study.  Paraplegia, 31 (8), 534-541.
  • Ashley, E.A., Laskin, J.J., Olenik, L.M., Burnham, R., Steadward, R.D., Cumming, D.C., & Wheeler, G.D. (1993).  Evidence of autonomic dysreflexia during functional electrical stimulation in spinal cord injured persons. Paraplegia, 31(9), 593-605.
Departments: Ability Sport Network, Academic Affairs, Academics, Athletics, Sport Science & Physical Education, Teacher Education