Tom Porrazzo is an associate professor and the program director of athletic training. Professor Porrazzo has been with Alvernia University since 1988 when he was hired as a physical education instructor. He currently teaches courses in physical education and teaches in the athletic training and education programs. Dr. Porrazzo, a certified athletic trainer also serves as the University’s head athletic trainer.
Professor Porrazzo graduated in 1978 from The State University of New York, College at Cortland with a BSE in physical education, a minor in anthropology, and a concentration in athletic training. He was awarded the Fred T. Holloway award, which is given annually to a student who excels in a varsity sport (soccer), and in a variety of activity courses while showing promise of academic achievement beyond the baccalaureate degree. He accepted a graduate assistantship at Eastern Illinois University and earned his MS in physical education while serving as the head athletic trainer for the football team. He earned his PhD in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2005. Dr. Porrazzo's dissertation, “Utilization of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice by Certified Athletic Trainers” is a topic he continues to explore.
Dr. Porrazzo coordinates all clinical placements for the athletic training program and is the clinical instructor educator. He also serves as an approved clinical instructor, and is a reviewer for the online Athletic Training Education Journal.