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 Meet Dr. Amy Hesselgesser 



Biography: Dr. Amy Sue Hesselgesser is currently in her first year at Slippery Rock University.  Prior to joining the faculty at SRU, Dr. Hesselgesser taught Health and Physical Education for 8 years at Butler Area School District for grades 7-12th.  At Butler, she was also the Synchronized Swimming Coach and Department chairperson.  While working on her advanced degrees she was employed as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at a local fitness center.  

Her current research focus includes; childhood obesity and inactivity, youth sports programs, and promoting/advocating physical activity in youth.  In Dr. Hesselgesser’s spare time, she enjoys weight training, competing in triathlons, and showing Quarter Horses with her family. 

Current Courses:

  • HLTH 362 School Health Teaching Methods
  • HLTH 462 Field Experience in School Health Education Methods
  • PE 356 Net/Wall Activities and Games


  • Doctor of Health Education (D.H.Ed.)
    A.T. Still University
  • Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion 
    California University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science in Education 
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    :  Health and Physical Education
    Minors:  Fitness Management and Health


  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor 
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard
  • NASM Personal Trainer 
  • AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional 
  • Arthritis Foundation Water Therapy Instructor
  • Fitour Primary Group Instructor
  • AFAA Pilates Instructor  

Professional Associations:

  • Pennsylvania State Alliance of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance  
  • Pennsylvania Intramural and Recreational Sports Association   
  • Pennsylvania Amateur Horseman’s Association                                   
  • Penn-Ohio Barrel Racing Association

Years at Slippery Rock University: Since 2011
Years in Education: Since 1996

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Dr. Amy Hesselgesser

Office Location:
128B Morrow Field House
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone: (724) 738-2824

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