» Dr. Sara L. Nottingham
Assistant Professor

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Athletic Training Educational Program
Dr. Sara L. Nottingham
Office Location:
Crean Hall 145
(714) 744-7963
Chapman University, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
University of Oregon, Master of Science
University of North Carolina Greensboro, Doctor of Education
Dr. Sara Nottingham joined Chapman University’s Athletic Training Program in 2011 as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator. As Clinical Education Coordinator, Dr. Nottingham oversees 40 clinical preceptors and 35 affiliated clinical sites in high school, college/university, rehabilitation clinic, and performing arts settings. She also teaches coursework in therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practice, including rehabilitation, manual therapy, and therapeutic modalities.
Dr. Nottingham conducts research on clinical education, faculty development, mentoring, and professional issues in athletic training using primarily qualitative research methods. Her work has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training, Athletic Training Education Journal, and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. Dr. Nottingham is also an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA). She serves on the NATA’s Executive Committee for Education, NATA Foundation Free Communications Sub-Committee, the FWATA Research and Grants Committee, and helps coordinate the NATA Foundation Faculty Mentor Program.

Dr. Nottingham earned her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Chapman University in 2006; Master’s Degree in Human Physiology in the Accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Oregon in 2008; and her doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. Her clinical athletic training experience is primarily in the Division I athletics setting, in addition to the collegiate intramurals, community college, and high school settings. She is also a certified instructor for CPR through the American Red Cross.

Scholarly Research Interests:
Clinical Education
Faculty Development
Professional Issues in Athletic Training

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Nottingham SL, Lam KC, Kasamatsu TM, Eppelheimer BL, Welch CE. (2015) Reasons for and mechanics of documenting patient care among athletic trainers: A report from the athletic training practice-based research network. Journal of Athletic Training. 50(6-supp): S-71.
Welch CE, Eppelheimer BL, Kasamatsu TM, Lam KC, Nottingham SL. (2015) Perceptions of and Barriers Toward Patient Care Documentation Among Athletic Trainers: A Report from the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network. Journal of Athletic Training. 50(6-supp): S-71.
Nottingham S, Cleary MA, Bennett JB. Beyond the Basics: Providing continuing education workshops for preceptors; A commentary. (2015) Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 13(3)
Nottingham S. Preceptors’ perceptions of the preparation and qualifications for the preceptor role. Athletic Training Education Journal. (in press)
Nottingham S. (2014) The Reliability of Faculty and Preceptors’ Evaluations of Athletic Training Students’ Clinical Skills. Journal of Athletic Training; 49(3-supp): S-22.
Nottingham S, Henning J. (2014) Feedback in clinical education, part II: Approved clinical instructor and student perceptions of and influences on feedback. Journal of Athletic Training 49(1):58-67.
Nottingham S, Henning J. (2014) Feedback in clinical education, part I: Characteristics of feedback provided by approved clinical instructors. Journal of Athletic Training 49(1):49-57.
Nottingham S, Henning JM. (2013) An Examination of Approved Clinical Instructor-Student Dyads in Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal; 8(1-supp):S-9.
Nottingham S. (2013) The Experiences of Athletic Training Preceptors with Different Amounts of Clinical and Clinical Teaching Experience. Journal of Athletic Training; 48(3-supp): S-73.
Nottingham S. (2011) Characteristics and Perceptions of Feedback in Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal; 6(1-supp):S-25.