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Dr. Mary Meier



Associate Clinical Professor

Academic Program Director

Office: Forker Building


Tel: (515) 294-3587

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Professional Information


Mary was initially employed as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in 1993 and became a full-time assistant athletic trainer in 1995 working with women’s gymnastics, volleyball, men's and women’s cross country and track.  Mary became Athletic Training Program Director in 1997, academic advisor for athletic training students in 1998, and was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor in 2019.  Mary worked through revision of the athletic training curriculum and the program obtained initial CAAHEP accreditation in 2001 with continuing CAATE accreditation in 2006 and 2011.  Currently Mary serves as the Academic Program Director to Iowa State's MAT graduate program that began in the summer of 2020.  Having worked volleyball at Iowa State for 23 years, Mary now provides athletic training services to Iowa State Athletics on a prn basis.

Work Experience


Iowa State University - Associate Clinical Professor/AT Program Director


Iowa State University - Assistant Director of Athletic Training


Iowa State University - Athletic Training Program Director



Iowa State University - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer


Courses Taught


A TR 223 Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training


A TR 218 Pre-Athletic Training Introduction to Athletic Training


A TR 222 Introduction to Athletic Training


A TR 221 Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training


A TR 220 Basic Athletic Training 


Taught Introduction to Athletic Training course, DMACC, Boone campus


Taught Care and Prevention course for Heartland Area Education Agency



Iowa State University - Doctorate of Higher Education Administration. Dissertation: " Athletic training preceptor's perceptions of physical presence, cooperation, and communication with athletic training program directors."



Iowa State University - Master's of Exercise and Sports Science, Sports Psychology



University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Bachelor's of Education and Athletic Training


Professional Affiliations and Volunteer Service


  • BOC Certified 1993

  • National Athletic Trainers Association 1989-Present

  • Iowa Athletic Trainers Society 1993-Present

  • State of Iowa licensed Athletic Trainer 1996-Present

  • Steering Committee Iowa Special Olympics, 1994-Present

  • Numerous Department of Kinesiology committees:  Undergraduate Student Awards, Teacher Education, P&S Evaluation Committee,

  • College of Human Sciences Professional and Scientific Committee 2013-2015

  • CAATE site visitor 2003-Present, CAATE external review committee for substantive change

  • Volunteer Iowa High School state wrestling tournament

  • Drake Relays volunteer athletic trainer

  • Former Certified Examiner for BOC Certification Examination 1999-2007

  • CIE Educator Workshop 2001

  • Faculty Advisor for Fellowship of Athletic Training Student club 2001-2019

  • Iowa Athletic Trainer’s Society Executive Committee Secretary 1998-2003

  • Career days (Ogden, Ballard-Huxley, West Marshall, Ames)

  • Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling certified 2016-Present

  • Graston Technique certified, 2002-Present

  • Fusionetics Movement Screening and Program Development trained, 2012-Present

  • C3Logix and Impact Concussion testing trained, Present

Honors & Awards


  • Professional & Scientific Distinguished Service Award, College of Education, 2005

  • Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Excellence award, 2010

  • Iowa Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year, 1996, 2007, 2012

  • IATS “Educator of the Year” 2002, 2014

Family & Other Activities


My children:

Morgan, 24 years old and married to Danny, Sydney (22), Hallie (19), Owen (10)


Mary enjoys: Reading, being outside, staying active, coffee, taking the occasional nap, hanging with my kids, and watching Owen's various activities.

Lectures, Presentations & Publications


  • Big 12 Medical Aspects of Sport Symposia, May 2004 “Knee Cellulitis with complications in Collegiate Volleyball Player”, Dallas, TX

  • National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, June 2003 “Balancing a Career and Family”, St. Louis, MO

  • Contributing Author:  Current Topics in Musculoskeletal Medicine-A Case Study Approach, M DeCarlo & K. Oneacre, Title:  “A Middle Distance Runner with Chronic, Bilateral Multicompartment Syndrome”, 2001

  • Speaker for Department of Health and Human Performance Coach’s Clinic, “Youth Injuries in Sport”, 2002

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