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Sallie Scovill, Ph.D.

Sallie Scovill Professor - Health Promotion and Wellness
Director - Employee Wellness
238B CPS

Areas of Expertise

  • Worksite Wellness
  • Experiential Learning

Current Undergraduate Classes Taught

  • HP/W 420 Health Promotion Management
  • HP/W 445 Preprofessional Transition
  • Employee Wellness Practicum
  • HWM 475 Employee Health and Wellbeing

Research Interests

  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Merchant Marine Wellness
  • Experiential Learning

Professional Highlights

  • National Wellness Institute Circle of Leadership Award, 2017
  • Central Wisconsin Tobacco Coalition – Tobacco Free Campus Recognition Award, 2015
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Service Award nominee, 2014
  • Wisconsin Governor's Worksite Wellness Award, Bronze Level, 2010
  • UW System Faculty College, 2010
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State University, 2000-01


  • Ph.D. Human Performance, Health Emphasis, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 2006
  • Doctoral course work, Biomechanics/Ergonomics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., 1997-98
  • M.S. Sports Management, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga., 1991
  • Certified Legal Assistant, Southeastern Institute for Paralegal Education, Nashville, Tenn., 1986, ABA accredited
  • B.S. Public Management/Political Science, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn., 1985

Study Abroad Trips

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present: Associate Professor, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2007-present: Employee WellnessDirector, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2007-13: Assistant Professor, UW-Stevens Point
  • 2015-present: Program Faculty, National Wellness Institute
    • Certified Worksite Wellness Practitioner and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager Training
  • 1991-present: Fitness Instructor, Various Corporate and Community Clients
  • 2007-08: Consultant, Health Promotion Program Design
  • 2000-07: Coordinator, Vanderbilt Medical Center 
  • 1997-2007: Adjunct Instructor 
    • Vanderbilt University, Peabody College
    • University of Phoenix, Nashville Campus
    • Belmont University
    • Kennesaw State University
  • 1998-2000: Director, Easter Seals Turner Family Center - Wellness and Fitness for special needs
  • 1993-98 Wellness Director
    • Health Fitness Corporation 
      • Owens Corning 
      • Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems

Selected Publications

  • 2012 (refereed) Occupational Medicine, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqs156
    “Changes in Health Status of Merchant Marine Personnel”
    American Journal of Health Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 4
    “Experiential Learning in an Employee Wellness Practicum”
  • 2008 (refereed) National Guidelines U.S. Department of Homeland Security and United States Coast Guard
    Medical & Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariners; Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 109, Sept. 29. 2008; International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW); .46 USC subtitle II part E; .46 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter B; .46 CFR Parts 401-402; COMSC Instruction 6000.1D (Chapter 5); NAVMED P-117 (Manual of the Medical Department). 
  • 2015 (non-refereed) Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist Development of Faculty Training Program and Manual
  • 2012 (non-refereed) National Guideline and Training Development, National Wellness Institute
    "Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager", Advisory member for development of national certification and training manual Health Promotion Practitioner
    “Engaging Students in Worksite Cooperative Learning Opportunities”
  • 2011 (non-refereed) UWSP Classified Staff Advisory Council Newsletter
    Seven Dimensions of Wellness
  • 2002 (non-refereed) Vanderbilt Occupational Health E-newsletter
    “The Value of Flexibility Interventions at the Worksite”

Research Projects

  • Changes in self-efficacy and attitudes toward experiential learning in college students
    • The purpose of this study is two-fold:
      • To assess the effects of changes in general self-efficacy from participation in a structured research study and interaction with survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and with a stroke survivors support group.
      • Assess student attitude toward experiential learning activities.

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Previous Courses Taught

  • HPW 202 Personal Wellness and Group Fitness (Now HPW 210)
  • HCR 720 Outcome Based Program Evaluation (now COL 720)
  • HCR 790 Community Health Advocacy
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