Dr. Fincher brings over 30 years of teaching and health care experience and over 20 years of administrative and leadership experience to her position as Founding Dean for the School of Health Sciences. Her most recent administrative positions have included Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at The University of Texas at Arlington (2009-2014), Founding Program Director for UT Arlington's CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program (2000-2009), and President and CEO of the Joe. W. King Orthopedic Institute at the Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, Texas (1998-2000).

Dr. Fincher has published over 20 articles and 10 research abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as delivered over 40 national and regional professional presentations. She has also co-authored a textbook entitled, Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease (SLACK, Inc.), with the 3rd edition of this text due out in October 2014. 

Dr. Fincher is also very active in professional service, particularly in the area of health professions education. As a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) Clinical Education Committee, she helped to develop and deliver a Clinical Instructor Educator workshop. This professional development workshop was designed to assist athletic training program directors and clinical education coordinators in preparing clinicians to be effective clinical preceptors. As the Chair for the NATA Professional Education Committee, she coordinated the development of the 5th edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies, which established the knowledge, skills and abilities that CAATE accredited athletic training education programs must include in their academic programs. She also serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, as well as manuscript reviewer for several other peer-reviewed health professions journals. 

Educational Background

  • B.S. - Stephen F. Austin State University
  • M.S. - Indiana State University
  • Ed.D. - The University of Alabama