Dr. Sarah Kercsmar joined the College of Health Sciences in 2017. She serves as the Program Director & Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Clinical Leadership & Management program and the Certificate Director for the Clinical Healthcare Certificate program. Previously, she spent 7 years as a faculty member in the College of Communication and Information at UK. She has also worked on funded health policy projects for the UK College of Nursing and as a grassroots organizer for the American Lung Association of West Virginia and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia.
Dr. Kercsmar loves teaching and working with students, from the very first year until graduation. She especially likes trying out new teaching methods and active learning tools to help students learn through hands-on experience. Her research interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, service-learning, and population level public health interventions.
Dr. Kercsmar has a PhD from the University of Kentucky in Communication (with a cognate in Educational Policy and Evaluation) and an MA and BA from Marshall University in Communication Studies. She also has a Master of Health Administration and graduate certificates in Distance Learning and Tobacco Treatment from the University of Kentucky.