"'But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 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. He earned his B.S.E. in Secondary History and Physical Education from ETBU 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 basketball player as a freshman at ETBU and then transitioned into a coaching role with Coach Bert West and the men's basketball Tigers that lasted until 2005, when he accepted a full doctoral fellowship with the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. He was hired to the ETBU Kinesiology Department in Fall 2007, and has since served in many campus roles, including Department Chair of Kinesiology, Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Sports and Exercise Leadership, Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Advisor, and Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA (current since Fall 2008). He is ranked as Professor and teaches a variety of courses in Kinesiology and its related areas. In 2019, Dr. Walker was named the ETBU nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Award, which is a statewide award recognizing outstanding achievement in the teaching profession. Every Fall semester since 2008, one of Dr. Walker’s classes has planned a Field Day event for the Marshall Early Childhood Center. Additionally, he and his students conduct annual workshops for local Physical Education instructors. Professional experiences include serving as an officer for the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) and presenting trainings for the Department of State Health Services and the Region VII Education Service Center. He is married to Ruthie (‘02) and has two children, Levi and Clara.