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New Faculty Spotlight: Rebekah Carpenter

Sept. 14, 2021

September 13, 2021 

This piece is part of a series in which we are introducing all the new faculty members for the academic year 2021-22. Rebekah Carpenter is joining the Department of Physical Therapy as an assistant teaching professor.  

Rebekah Carpenter 
Assistant Teaching Professor, Physical Therapy 


What brought you to Mizzou?  

The opportunity to develop an entirely new degree program that focuses on preparing students for a career in applied strength and conditioning was one I could not pass up.  Creating a program where students will hone a skill set in exercise technique and be confident in their instructional abilities out in the field is something I am very excited to begin. 

What do you love about teaching?  

I love seeing the students get excited when something finally “clicks.” I love doing my job to grow students’ passion and reach their goal in their area of interest. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What is your background?  

I was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. I attended Auburn University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness, Conditioning and Performance. I then obtained a Master of Education in Exercise Science from Auburn University at Montgomery where my interest in teaching and research developed. I continued my education and received a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky.  

What made you interested in the research area within your field?  

My research background is in muscular contractile function. I plan to continue this area of research and apply it in the area of sports science. The sports performance field has been an interest of mine and I am excited for my teaching and research to benefit one another. 

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I love to spend time with my husband; we are usually in our garage getting in a workout or enjoying time outside, but we also like a good movie. I absolutely love the beach – give me all the sand, sun and gulf water!  

What are you working on this semester? 

I am focusing on developing courses for a new online undergraduate program Fitness Programming and Management.  

What are you most excited about regarding the upcoming semester?  

I am already seeing the benefits of being here, everyone has been supportive and collaborative. I am most excited to see the Fitness Programing and Management degree’s success as we move forward and watch where our students go. 

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Rebekah Carpenter

Assistant Teaching Professor