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Inaugural Professor's Path to Academic Scholar

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

USU Provost Raymond Coward, professor Eadric Bressel, USU President Albrecht
Eadric Bressel (center) spoke at USU's second Inaugural Professor Lecture of the year marking his promotion to full professor. He was congratulated by USU Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond T. Coward and USU President Stan Albrecht.

From competing in the Junior Ski Olympics to full academic scholar at Utah State University, Eadric Bressel’s journey was filled with research, dedication and a dislocated shoulder.


Bressel, a professor of exercise science at Utah State University, presented his lecture titled “Path to Academic Scholar” at USU President Stan Albrecht’s home Nov. 6 as part of the Inaugural Professor Lecture Series. Coordinated by the Provost’s Office, the series highlights the accomplishments of faculty who have been promoted to full professor. Bressel’s lecture was the second of the year in the series.


Bressel spent his childhood working as a bus boy and skiing at the local ski resort near his home in California. After a shoulder injury ended his competitive ski career, he attended Cal State University, Fresno and became acquainted with faculty who inspired him to finish his degree.


“The faculty at Fresno changed the direction I was going in my life,” said Bressel. “I knew at that point I wanted to study kinesiology and emphasize clinical biomechanics.”


After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s from Cal State University, Fresno, Bressel continued his education and research at University of Northern Colorado University. While there, his research included working with individuals in wheelchairs to find better exercise routines.


“We found that traditional arm cranking methods for some people in wheel chairs would be better if they were to arm crank in reverse,” Bressel said.


Bressel’s work was published and he said he now sees more exercise machines with backward arm cranking capabilities.


Following his studies at UNC, Bressel accepted a post-doctorate research fellowship at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. While at AUT, he specialized in joint mechanical therapy and continuous passive motion for treatment of ruptures to Achilles tendons and spasticity in stroke patients.


“We researched the best practice for treating an Achilles tendon rupture,” said Bressel. “We compared the conservative approach to a surgical approach of proper healing.”


When the opportunity arose, Bressel came back to the United States to take a job at USU. Bressel was not only excited to begin research and teaching at USU, but was thrilled to be near mountains skiing. He quickly realized the high quality of students who attend USU, and began involving them in all aspects of his research.


“Students at Utah State have good motivation. They are good learners and they can see the value of an education,” Bressel said. “Most research projects I have performed included at least one student to help with the research project.”


Bressel said this new title is part of the process and he looks forward to continue mentoring USU students and conducting research.


“Becoming full professor is not an endpoint but a milestone. I am excited to continue on a pathway that contributes to the mission of the university.”


Related links:

USU Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department

USU Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services


Contact: Eadric Bressel, 435-797-7216, eadric.bressel@usu.edu

Writer: Jaron Dunford, 435-797-1351, jaron.dunford@gmail.com

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