"Randy Edward Hutchinson Furman University"

My teaching philosophy revolves around the concept that each student carries with them their own experiences and a personal lens with which they interpret the world. They each have a unique opportunity to change the world in their own way and I have the challenge and opportunity to help guide them toward connecting their prior knowledge with present learning and future opportunities. My passion for kinesiology, or the study of human motion, stems from my engineering background for wanting to know “way things work” and ultimately applying these principles toward the amazing mechanisms of the human body. I particularly try to help students apply these principles and this knowledge toward making the world a better place.

I first came to “teaching as a passion” while working in the aerospace industry at Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. I was helping to mentor students at a local high school in Hartford, CT when I realized the potential opportunity to better a student’s future trajectories from the connection between a them and the teacher. After eventually coming back to Greenville to teach high school AP/IB physics and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering, I transitioned back to graduate school at Clemson where I received my M.S. and PHD in bioengineering, specializing in biomechanics. Along the way, I also received an education certificate from the Clemson Engineering and Science Education department where part of my dissertation was focused on the dynamic transfer of knowledge in the context of biomechanics. I’ve used the education research to guide my interactions with students both in courses and in undergraduate research in the Molnar Human Performance Laboratory. The Health Sciences department, within the liberal arts setting of Furman University, has provided exciting opportunities to blend all of these experiences toward connecting with, and guiding our students toward changing and leading the world in their own unique way.

Outside of school, I enjoy time with my wife, Jen, our two daughters, and dog, Bozeman, playing in the outdoors. Additionally I enjoy running with my colleagues, cycling up the blue-ridge mountains and playing guitar with friends.

Name Title Description

FYS-1214

Can Humans Fly?

Students will explore the fundamentals of flight through observations in the natural world and experimentation in order to understand the invention of human flight. Analysis from experimentation with the characteristics of flight will ground discussion on the meaning of a scientific discovery including its implications and consequences.

HSC-101

Wellness Concepts

Wellness concepts which promote lifetime fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. Topics include: aerobic and muscular conditioning, nutrition, and medical aspects of fitness. Participation in activities to develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.

HSC-323

Kinesiology

Study of living systems in motion. Structured around classic mechanics. Evaluating human motion by the methods of kinematics and kinetics. Topics include: the work-energy theorem, Archimedes146 principle, Bernoulli146s law and others that govern human motion. Laboratory exercises developed to bridge the gap between lecture materials and real world applications.

  • Benson, L., Bowman, D., Hutchison, R., Wade, C. Tutorials And In-Class Activity For Improving Student Performance In A First-Year Engineering Course. ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX 2009
  • Hutchison, R., Desjardins, J., Benson, L. Use of Situated Cognition and Constructivist Theories to teach Movement Science and Biomechanics . ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY 2011
  • Eric Lucas, M.S.; Taylor Gambon; Justin Marro, M.S.; Randolph Hutchison, Ph.D.; John DesJardins, Ph.D. The Effects of Simulated Knee Arthrodesis on Gait Kinematics and Kinetics, Journal of Biomechanics (Submitted 2014)
  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Assessing Dynamic Transfer During Group Work in the Context of Biomechanics, NARST Annual International Conference Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA 2014
  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Assessing Dynamic Transfer of Biomechanics Knowledge Using the Teaching Interview, FIE Annual Conference Proceedings, Oklahoma City, OK 2013
  • R. E. Hutchison, A. Caterisano, R. F. Moss, J. T. Jakiela and V. Haggett, "Comparison of Applied Forces between Flexible Tsunami Barbell and Olympic Barbell during Bench Press," Proceedings of ACSM Annual Meeting 2013, pp. 194, 2013.
  • J. Jakiela, A. Caterisano, R. E. Hutchison, T. Snook, G. Rogers and R. F. Moss, "Comparison Of Muscle Activity Between The Tsunami Barbell™ And An Olympic Barbell ," Proceedings of ACSM Annual Meeting 2013, pp. 193, 2013.
  • R. E. Hutchison and L. Benson, "Assessing Dynamic Transfer of Biomechanics Knowledge Using the Teaching interview," Proceedings of BMES Annual Meeting 2012, pp. 97, 2012.
  • Caterisano T.; Hutchison, R.; Bouzarth, L. "Tsunami Barbell Collaborative Research Project." Faculty Retreat. Furman University. August 15-16, 2012. Presentation
  • Hutchison, R., Desjardins, J., Benson, L. Use of Situated Cognition and Constructivist Theories to teach Movement Science and Biomechanics . ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY 2011
  • Hutchison, R., Desjardins, J., Benson, L. Use of Situated Cognition and Constructivist Theories to teach Movement Science and Biomechanics . ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY 2011
  • Benson, L., Bowman, D., Hutchison, R., Wade, C. Tutorials And In-Class Activity For Improving Student Performance In A First-Year Engineering Course. ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX 2009

In Preparation

  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Using a Simulated Gait Cycle on a Robotic Arm for Inertial Measurement Unit Validation, Journal of Biomechanics
  • Hutchison, R., Desjardins, J., Benson, L. Use of Situated Cognition and Constructivist Theories to teach Movement Science and Biomechanics . ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY 2011
  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Assessing Dynamic Transfer of Biomechanics Knowledge Using the Teaching Interview, Journal of Engineering Education
  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Assessing Dynamic Transfer During Group Work in the Context of Biomechanics, Journal of Engineering Education
  • Hutchison, R., Benson, L. Using a Simulated Gait Cycle on a Robotic Arm for Inertial Measurement Unit Validation, Journal of Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of cycling as a rehabilitation tool and measure of human performance
  • Knowledge Transfer - How students activate and use their knowledge to solve new problems

Since finishing up my PhD work in Bioengineering at Clemson University in 2011, I am very happy to make Furman my new home. I first worked with the Health Science Department through gait analysis research with Dr. Ray Moss in the Molnar Human Performance Lab. We conducted a validation study comparing a novel portable inertial sensor gait analysis system to the camera-based Qualysis system as a means of analyzing three-dimensional knee function during walking. Now that I am at Furman, research partnerships with Clemson continue as we focus on several research projects including studying strength-training applications with a dynamic weight lifting bar. We are currently comparing the predicted motion of a mathematical model to the actual motion of the flexible bar. Comparisons will also be made to the standard steel bar. Through empirical comparisons, in coordination with the strength coaches from both Furman and other leading institutions, we plan on optimizing the design of the flexible bar based on both material properties and geometry.

We are also conducting research based on the biomechanics and muscle fatigue associated with cycling economy. From a mechanical standpoint of cycling, only the tangential force applied to the crank arm contributes to forward motion, yet typical forces on pedals during the pedaling have significant radial force contributions. The lower body must move the pedal through a circle by a combination of the use of extensors and flexors. Thanks in part to the contributions of Dr. Steve Kautz at MUSC, we will be able to use pedal force measurement equipment to measure the tangential and radial components of forces during cycling. We are focusing on training adaptations associated with feedback systems in order to further characterize cycling and running economy in terms of maximizing mechanical efficiency. These systems will also be beneficial in teaching real-life applications to kinesiology students.

Education
Ph.D.
Clemson University
M.S.
Clemson University
B.S.
Virginia Tech University

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