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Dorman, Lisa Olenik

Lisa Olenik Dorman, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Enrichment; Director of the Staton Center for Academic Enrichment; Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies; Section 504/ADA Coordinator


Phone Number: (334) 833-4465
Office and/or Address: Staton Center for Academic Enrichment, Houghton Library 2nd Floor


  • 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


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 Academic 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.

  • 1998 – Present  Phi Epsilon Kappa
  • 1993 – Present  American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
  • 1994 – Present  International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • 1994 – Present  National Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
  • 1998 – Present  Southern Humanities Council

Awards and Commendations

  • 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
  • Alex Sawyer Award for Program Development: “Give Me Strength: Nutrition and Exercise Program”; National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Virginia
  • Longwood Online Technology Institute Scholar; Grant for Professional Development
  • 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


  • 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.


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