"'or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'" 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
Dr. Will Walker has a great love for physical activity and athletics, and comes from a family of educators and health-related professionals. The 2018-2019 academic year is Dr. Walker’s eighteenth year as part of the ETBU family, his fourteenth as a full-time employee, and his twelfth as a professor. After graduating from nearby Avinger High School in 1999, he attended ETBU and received his B.S.E. in Secondary History and Physical Education in 2003, his M.Ed. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Pedagogy) from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville in 2008. He was a varsity basketball player as a freshman at ETBU and then slowly transitioned into a coaching role with Coach Bert West and the men's basketball Tigers that lasted until 2005. He then accepted a full doctoral fellowship with the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. During his time at Arkansas, Walker was named the Outstanding Doctoral Student in his Department and taught a variety of courses, including lecture courses for majors, while completing his Ph.D. coursework. He was hired back at ETBU in the Kinesiology Department while still ABD (“all but dissertation”), and has since served in a variety of campus roles, including Department Chair of Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Sports and Exercise Leadership, Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Advisor, and Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA. He is currently ranked as Professor and teaches a wide variety of courses in Kinesiology and its related areas. Among other activities, he was named Top Tiger Fan in 2007-2008, was part of the winning ETBU team in the 2010 Marshall Harrison-County Spelling Bee, and has continued to participate in ETBU intramural basketball and soccer. 2018 will be the eleventh consecutive year that one of his classes has organized and administrated a Field Day event for the Washington Early Childhood Center. His classes have also been responsible for other events, such as a Community Play Day, activities for children attending the Harrison County Relay for Life, and annual workshops for local Physical Education instructors. Professional experiences include serving as an Area 6 Chair-Elect (and other positions) for the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) and annually presenting trainings for the Department of State Health Services. He and his wife Ruthie (who he met during the first chapel of freshman year) currently have their hands full raising their children, Levi and Clara.