Megan Bynum joined the staff at Cumberland University in February 2013 as the Clinical Education Coordinator in the Athletic Training Program. Her duties at CU include teaching Athletic Training courses, coordinating athletic training students’ clinical rotations and overseeing the various Preceptors and their affiliated clinical sites. She also worked as the athletic trainer for men's basketball for two years but her duties are now strictly academic.
Prior to Cumberland, she served as Athletic Trainer/Athletic Assistant/Lower School and Middle School Physical Education Teacher at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, Calif., serving as athletic trainer for all middle school and high school sports including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, softball and volleyball at Westridge. As Athletic Assistant, she assisted with purchase orders, coordination of transportation, game set-up, organization of officials and other tasks as dictated by the Athletic Director. Her teacher roles included grades 4-6 for team sports, age-appropriate fitness and recreation activities and grades 7-8 for volleyball, soccer, basketball and softball.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native received her bachelor’s in Biology/Pre-Med from UNC-Greensboro in December 2001 and her master’s in Athletic Training from UT-Chattanooga in May 2005. She was a member of the women’s soccer team at UNCG.
Bynum earned her doctorate Leadership and Professional Practice in August 2017 from Trevecca Nazarene, with her disseratation on Clinical Education in Athletic Training.
At UTC she worked with the football and women’s soccer programs primarily but also covered softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball for the Mocs. Her duties included the prevention, evaluation and treatment of injuries along with travel and documentation and working with team physicians. She also assisted a Certified Athletic Trainer at Boyd-Buchanan School in Chattanooga, providing athletic training services for all sports, including football.
Bynum then moved to the West Coast, serving three years as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, working with 11 men’s and women’s teams, including soccer, basketball, volleyball and baseball. She supervised and educated 18 student athletic trainers and taught one upper-level Kinesiology course on the basics of athletic injuries and treatment.
Two of those years she also worked as a Physical Therapist Aide/Clinical Projects Coordinator at Hayashida and Associates in Santa Barbara. There she assisted five physical therapists with patient care, rehabilitation exercises and treatment, including modalities. She also handled all ordering and the clinical supplies budget and worked on all clinical improvement projects, including marketing.
During the summer months between 2006-08, she was an Athletic Trainer/Emergency Medical Technician at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. There she was responsible for the medical coverage for professional and amateur polo games and practices.
Bynum returned to the East Coast for the 2008-09 academic year as Athletic Trainer/Lower School Physical Education Teacher at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., teaching physical education classes for grades K-4 and serving as athletic trainer for middle and high school sports including football, basketball, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and volleyball.