Department of Exercise Science and Sport
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Department of Exercise Science and Sport

What We Do:

We educate students in the study of human movement as related to exercise and human performance. The department promotes and integrates scientific research and education on the effects and benefits of exercise.

We are dedicated to the delivery of programs and coursework that promote health, facilitate rehabilitation, encourage disease prevention, and enhance overall human performance.

How We Stand Out:

  • One of the fastest growing areas of study at The University of Scranton
  • Required courses in nutrition
  • Labs are integrated into classwork
  • Service learning projects focus on community outreach
  • Excellent lab facilities with cadaver lab
  • New $47.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, Leahy Hall opened Fall 2015
  • Jesuit Education inspires reflection and a deeper level of thinking


  • Exercise Science, BS - Dedicated to the scientific inquiry of physical activity and exercise as they affect human performance across a spectrum of settings and populations.
  • Community Health, BS - A multidisciplinary approach to community health that focuses on preparing health educators to enable individuals, groups and communities to achieve personal, environmental and social health.
  • Coaching Minor - Based on the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) the coaching minor helps meet the needs of those who wish to coach and work more effectively with young athletes from youth through interscholastic sports.
  • Nutrition Science Concentration - Designed to increase the knowledge base of the depth and implications of nutritional problems and their effects on chronic illnesses.

Meet Our Faculty:

Faculty members in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport represent a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties such as 

  • Anatomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biomechanics
  • Community Health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Strength & Conditioning

Professors are experts and enthusiastic educators in their areas of interest. Adjunct professors working in related fields bring additional support to the full-time faculty.

Paul T. Cutrufello PhD

Department Chair

Associate Professor
Exercise Science Program Director

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Bloomsburg University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-5841
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Jessica Bachman PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S.-M.P.H., Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Phone: 570-941-4059
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Scott P. Breloff PhD

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.S., University of Mississippi
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Phone: 570-941-6745
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Dr. Ronald W. Deitrick PhD, FACSM

Professor Emeritus

A.B., Villanova University
M.S., University of Utah
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Phone: 570-941-5514
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Dr. Debra L. Fetherman PhD, CHES

Community Health Education Program Director

B.S., Ohio University
M.S., University of Central Arkansas
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-7111
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Joan A. Cebrick Grossman PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

B.S., King’s College
M.S., Colorado State University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-4721
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Tracie Haines-Landram MS, CSCS*D

Faculty Specialist

B.S., The College of New Jersey
M.S., Appalachian State University

Phone: 570-941-5514
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David A. Hair BS, MS, MEd

Professor Emeritus

B.S., M.Ed., East Stroudsburg University
M.S., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-6205
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Stephen L. Klingman BS, MS

Assistant Professor

B.S., M.S., Ithaca College

Phone: 570-941-6660
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Michael Landram PhD

Assistant Professor

B.S., Truman State University
M.S., Appalachian State University
Ph.D. University of Rome "Foro Italico"

Phone: 570-941-4425
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Rodeen Lechleitner PhD

Faculty Specialist

B.S.,Susquehanna University
M.A., Marywood University
Ph.D., Marywood University

Phone: 570-941-4559
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Andrew D. Stuka BS, MS

Faculty Specialist

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Phone: 570-941-4349
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Inside the Classroom:

  • Challenging and rigorous academics
  • Service learning projects embedded in class requirements
  • Hands-on, laboratory experience

New Facility

Leahy Hall, the new $47.5 million, eight story home for the undergraduate and graduate departments of exercise science, occupational therapy and physical therapy, has 25 state-of-the-art laboratories, nine traditional and active-learning classrooms, nine group study rooms, more than 50 faculty offices and multiple simulation environments.

The new building is designed to facilitate research, expand service-learning projects, and put the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty. Learn more.

Faculty-mentored Student Research:

The department is committed to the advancement of knowledge in Exercise Science. Faculty research in contemporary topics gives students the opportunity to work alongside experts.

Exercise Science majors are often represented during the Universitys annual Celebration of Student Scholars, recognizing scholarly work through poster and verbal presentations. Students also present this research at local and national conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicines (ACSM) annual conference.

Dr. Debra Fetherman conducts ongoing research on health behavior changes, social determinants on health, and college alcohol use behaviors. Students assist by recruiting interview subjects, helping with focus groups, reviewing literature, and gathering data.
Dr. Paul Cutrufello and Stephen Gadomski (class of 2015) have worked together as part of the Faculty-Student Research Program and have also been awarded the Presidents Fellowship for Summer Research. Stephen has presented their research at the American College of Sports Medicines Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapters annual conference in Harrisburg, PA.

Career Outcomes:

Scranton graduates with Exercise Science degrees work in diverse positions in a variety of programs including:

  • Corporate wellness
  • Community/hospital wellness programs
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Research Centers
  • Athletic teams (strength and conditioning specialists)

Graduate Study:

Approximately 85% of Exercise Science graduates continue their studies. The largest percentage continues into the DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program at the University of Scranton. Others pursue study in areas including:

  • Physician's assistant
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Exercise science