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Michael Wortley

Dr. Michael Wortley

Associate Professor


Hackensack-Meridian Health School of Nursing & Wellness


Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports

Office Location:

Wellness Center 529

Office Hours:

Educational Background

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Science, Sports, and Leisure Studies (2010)
  • Dissertation: “Effects of Taiji and Strength Training Interventions on Knee Osteoarthritis of Older Adults.”
  • Minor: Statistics
  • M.S. in Human Performance and Sports Studies (2003)
  • Thesis: “The effect of shoe inserts on the kinematics of the lower extremity and center of pressure during treadmill running.”
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2001)
  • Minor: Computer Science

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science, Georgian Court University (2022 – present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Health and Exercise Science, Georgian Court University (2014 – 2022)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (2013-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN (2011)

Research / Creativity Interest Area

  • Running biomechanics
  • Motor skills development and athletic performance
  • Ergonomics and physical demands of occupations (particularly nursing)

Additional Information

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the Nation Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS ID: 7248323730)


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