Aubri Rote, Ph.D.

Chair & Associate Professor of Health & Wellness

Contact Information

  • 6044
  • 459 Sherrill Center

Hi, everyone! I’m Aubri Rote, and I am the Chair and an Associate Professor in the Health and Wellness Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville.  I received my master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and doctorate in Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). I absolutely love teaching and learning. It is the best part of my day. I teach classes on chronic disease, body image, and exercise science. One of the best parts of teaching in the field of health is that there is continuously more to learn, and each time I learn something new, I learn even more about how much I don’t know. My students join me on this journey and usually leave my classes with more questions than answers which, to me, means I’m doing my job.

I live in West Asheville and often run or walk at Carrier Park. I spend as much time as I can out on my screened-in porch as I can, and my three kitties often join me. Real estate, investing and finances are a side passion of mine, so don’t be surprised if that somehow comes up in class. Trust me, I find ways to fit it in. Although I don’t sit in an office surrounded by books (as is quintessentially pictured of professors), I do spend a lot of time reading. I read books on health which works out well since that’s what I teach! I also occasionally throw in a book on spirituality and quantum physics, so if you happen to share this interest, I love discussing! One area I’m particularly focusing on lately (as are so many of us) is how to improve myself with regard to antiracism. This has included reading and discussing with colleagues Ibram X Kendi’s book, How to be an Antiracist and engaging in the Black Humanity Matters faculty working group in the fall semester.

My research interests are quite broad and include: examining pedagogical practices, reducing weight bias, finding ways to improve body image, and site-specific body composition and disease risk. I like to also stay very open-minded to the areas of interest of my students which are often really fascinating.

If you’d like to reach me, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at


PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on exercise physiology.

Courses Taught

  • HWP 474: Strength, Conditioning, & Performance
  • HWP 459: Senior Capstone in Health and Wellness
  • HWP 455: Pathophysiology of Chronic Conditions and Illnesses
  • HWP 420: Exercise and Sport Physiology
  • HWP 380: Internship in Health and Wellness
  • HWP 373: Body Fat & Body Image
  • HWP 345: Research Methods
  • HWP 295: Functional Anatomy
  • HWP 223: Active Living: Physical Activity & Health
  • HWP 153: Health and Wellness Promotion

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Wingert, J. R., Corle, C. E., Saccone, D. F., Lee, J., & Rote, A. E. (2020). Effects of a Community-Based Tai Chi Program on Balance, Functional Outcomes, and Sensorimotor Function in Older Adults. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, 38(2), 129-150.
  • Rote, A. (2019). Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Course on Chronic Disease to Enhance Critical Thinking in Health Promotion Undergraduate Students. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Rote, A.E., Love, S.P., Lakatos, C.M, & Hewitt, L. (2018). Development and assessment of a course to reduce weight bias in undergraduate health promotion students. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Rote, A.E. (2017). Physical activity intervention using Fitbits in an introductory college health course. Health Education Journal, 76(3), 337-348.
  • Rote, A.E., Klos, L.A., & Swartz, A.M. (2015). Location of body fat among women who accurately and inaccurately perceive their weight status. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 212(2), 602-612.
  • Rote, A.E., Pineda, E., Wells, O., Lanou, A.J., & Wingert, J.R. (2015). Accuracy of self-perception and body mass index compared to actual body fat percentages in athletes and non-athletes. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 56(4), 443-449.
  • Rote, A.E., Klos, L.A., Brondino, M.J., Harley, A.E., & Swartz, A.M. (2015). The efficacy of a walking intervention using social media to increase physical activity: A randomized trial. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12(Suppl 1), S18-25.
  • Swartz, A.M., Rote, A.E., Cho, Y.I., Welch, W., & Strath, S.J. (2014). Responsiveness of motion sensors to detect change in sedentary and physical activity behavior. British Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093520.
  • Swartz, A.M., Rote, A.E., Welch, W.A., Maeda, H., Hart, T.L., Cho, Y.I. & Strath, S.J. (2014). Prompts to disrupt sitting time and increase physical activity at work, 2011-2012. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11, E73.
  • Wheeler, L.A., Cashin, S.E., Klos, L.A., Rote, A.E., Clasey, J.L., & Swartz, A.M. (2013). Validation of a hand-held bioelectrical impedance device for the assessment of body fat in young and old adults compared to tetrapolar BIA using DXA as a reference. International Journal of Body Composition Research, 11(2), 59-66.
  • Rote, A.E., Swartz, A.M., & Klos, L.A. (2013). Associations between lifestyle physical activity and body image among women. Women & Health, 53(3), 282-297.
  • Swartz, A.M., Tarima, S. Miller, N.E., Hart, T.L., Grimm, E.K., Rote, A.E., & Strath, J.S. (2012). Prediction of body fat in older adults by time spent in sedentary behavior. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, 332-344.