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Renee Eaton, MS, MS, ATC

Senior Instructor
  • Undergraduate Program Director
  • Focus area(s): Undergraduate education in health sciences; injury prevention and treatment; connections between human, animal, and environmental health


Ph.D., Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, expected 2024

M.S., Counseling Psychology, Radford University, 2007

M.S., Human Performance, University of Tennessee, 2001

B.S., Athletic Training, Psychology, South Dakota State University, 1996


2010 – present: Instructor and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

2002 – present: Group Fitness Instructor, New Tech Fitness and The Weight Club, Blacksburg

2009 –2011: Adjunct Instructor in Health and Physical Education, New River Community College, Dublin

2008 – 2010: Academic Advisor, Liaison to health professions and military programs, Department of University Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

2007: Assistant Athletic Trainer, Radford University, Radford

2004 – 2006: Exercise Physiologist, Lucas Therapies, Roanoke

1997 – 2002: Athletic Trainer, Clinic Director, Measurement Driven Rehabilitation Systems / OrthoMed Center

Selected Major Awards

  • 2023 – Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Undergraduate Advising
  • 2019 – Excellence in Teaching First Year Experiences
  • 2018 – Excellence in Teaching First Year Experiences
  • 2017 – Virginia Tech Teacher of the Month, November

Program Focus

Research in my role as senior instructor and director of the undergraduate program is focused on undergraduate education pedagogy. As an athletic trainer and PhD student, my research is focused on the wearable sensors and the analysis of running mechanics and the prevention / identification / treatment of lower extremity injuries. 

Anderson, A., Cox, H., Eaton, R., Rockwell, M., Girmes-Grieco, N., Jaskowak, D., & Good, D. (2021). Lessons Learned during the Transition to Online Learning. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, VA.

Eaton, R., & Williams, J. (2021). Identifying Injury Risk and Recovery with Microtechnology. Biomedical and Veterinary Science Annual Research Symposium. Blacksburg, VA

Eaton, R., Williams, J., & Rizzuto, S. (2019). Understanding Injury Through Microtechnology: A Case Study in Sport. Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Annual Research Symposium. Blacksburg, VA.

Good, D., Hedrick, V., & Eaton, R. (2019). Inclusive Pedagogy in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise: data and ongoing projects. Poster session presented at the meeting of Advancing Diversity Workshop.

Williams, J., Rizzuto, S., Jaskowak, D., & Eaton, R. (2019). Trunk Accelerations and Rotations During Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: An Illustrative Case Study. Sports Performance & Science Reports.

Everette, A., Brooks, A., Ramalingam, N., Powell, T., Serrano, E., Eaton, R., & Harden, S. M. (2017). An Integrated Research–Practice Partnership for Physical Activity Promotion in a Statewide Program. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2(11).