2023 E.C Davis Lecturer
Dr. Escalante is currently a Professor of Kinesiology and Assistant Dean for the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, San Bernardino. He holds a doctorate in Athletic Training, an MBA with concentrations in marketing and healthcare management, and a BS in Athletic Training with a Biology minor. He is also a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and sports nutritionist. He has taught various courses in exercise science/kinesiology, such as Sports Nutrition, Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries, Principles of Strength and Conditioning, Principles of Human Movement, Exercise Prescription, Health & Fitness Business Management, and more. He also performs research in the areas of sports medicine, sports nutrition, human performance, and physique enhancement and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and/or abstracts, as well as over 20 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to his peer-reviewed work, he has published over 50 articles in internationally distributed fitness magazines and websites. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Chair of the Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition Special Interest Group through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a reviewer for various nutrition and exercise science peer-reviewed journals, and as a scientific advisor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Escalante also serves as a consultant to several businesses in the areas of fitness, sports medicine, exercise, and sports nutrition.
2023 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Casten began her career as a Dance Major at UCLA and as an Elementary School Dance Teacher. She became an Elementary Physical Specialist and a high Physical Education, Health, and Driver’s Education teacher at West Lafayette High School (Indiana) where she also coached Volleyball, Gymnastics and assisted with the Track Team. She earned her BS and MS degrees at Purdue University and her Ph.D. from USC in Physical Education Administration and Instructional Technology. She taught for 2 years at Redondo Union High School and El Camino Community College before coming to CSUDH in 1979. She is a highly respected clinician, author, and speaker at professional conferences. Dr. Carole Casten is the Kinesiology Teaching Program Coordinator and a Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at California State University Dominguez Hills. She is a national presenter and has authored 7 textbooks, including 5 Physical Education Pedagogy textbooks, Aerobics Today and Aqua Aerobics Today. She has made over 200 presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Casten created a model curriculum for the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) high school on the campus of CSUDH and earned an award for that from Arnold Schwarzenegger, then chair of the Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sport. She served as the director of Physical Education and Athletics at CAMS for 27 years. In 2014, Dr. Casten was recognized as a CSUDH Distinguished Professor by being selected for the Excellence in Service Award. Through the years, she has contributed to the culture at CSUDH, having served on and chaired numerous committees, serving as Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Department Chairperson. In addition, Dr. Casten was the first female president of WSKW.