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Welcome to Our New Faculty


We have three new faculty members who will be teaching courses for the Kinesiology Department this spring semester.  Please see their bios below: 

Liette B. Ocker, Ph.D. 

Liette OckerDr. Liette Ocker has been a university faculty member for over a decade.  She has worked with students in the classroom, research laboratories, community and abroad.  Dr. Ocker earned her Ph.D. from University of Houston, where she studied Research and Measurement in Human Performance.  She earned a Masters of Education degree in Sports Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at Wichita State University.  She has held several faculty positions including Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, and Sam Houston State University. 

Dr. Ocker has maintained an extensive research agenda across several disciplines including, eating disorders, exercise science, statistics, sport performance, health, and sport management.  She has over 40 research presentations and 12 peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Ocker has been principle investigator and collaborator of several research grants exceeding $65,000.  Many of her research projects have included students, developing a more profound learning environment.

While at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Ocker was the first recipient of the Outstanding Islander award.  She was also honored as Junior Faculty of the Year for the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Dr. Ocker has a passion for fitness and is a recreational triathlete.  As such, she is able to include real world experiences into her lectures, labs, and research.  Dr. Ocker will be teaching Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and Sport Nutrition this Spring.

P. Burke Wilson, PT, DPT, CSCS 

Burke WilsonDr. Burke Wilson recently joined the Department of Kinesiology as a lecturer. He teaches in the area of sports medicine and is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology. Dr. Wilson is a sports physical therapist at Texas Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include operative and non-operative management of adult and youth athletes with lower extremity injuries and biomechanical gait analysis for runners and triathletes. 

Dr. Wilson earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Texas Southwestern and completed his post-professional residency in sports physical therapy at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. Additionally, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Texas A&M University.

He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Section and serves on the public relations committee. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Wilson serves on the board of Houston Heights Area Young Life. 

Steven L.Jones, Ph.D. 

Steve JonesDr. Jones will teach our HEAL 132: Medical Terminology this Spring 2015 semester.  He is the author of Acquiring Medical Language, a medical terminology published by McGraw-Hill.

Steve holds a BA in Greek and Latin from Baylor University, an MA in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. Steve has held previous faculty appointments at Trinity University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University. In addition to his position at Rice, Steve is Assistant Professor of Classics at Houston Baptist University, where he also serves as the chair of the Department of Classics and Biblical Languages and the Director of the Master of Arts in Biblical Languages Program.   He teaches courses on Latin, Greek, Classical Civilization, Early Christianity, and the Classical Roots of Medical Language.

When not breaking down medical words, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, watching baseball, drinking ice cold Dr. Pepper, and showing off his parallel-parking skills.