Deana Acklin
  • Deana Acklin
  • Campus Bicycle Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor of Outdoor Recreation Management

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  • Office: School of Business Offices (Pinnacle Inn)
  • Department: Academics


BS, Lees-McRae College

Common Courses Taught

League of American Bicyclists: Smart Cycling Complete Certification

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Deana is on a mission to get people moving two wheels at a time. She is dedicated to connecting people with the simple joy of riding a bicycle for one’s personal health, to encourage discovery, and as a way to bring people together. As a pollution-free mode of transportation, Deana’s goal is to empower individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to allow people the opportunity to choose a bicycle as an environmentally friendly option for commuting.

Deana has completed several bicycling mechanics courses at the United Bicycle Institute, Ashland, Oregon to include Introduction to Bicycle Mechanics for Women, Professional Repair and Shop Operation, and Advanced Mechanics. Deana is also a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) through The League of American Bicyclists.

Deana returned to Lees-McRae by way of Montgomery, Alabama where she was devoted to the advancement of all facets of bicycling. She advocated for safety, awareness, and education. Deana has served on Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees at the city and state level. In this advisory role she educated government officials on needed cycling improvements and raised money for cycling infrastructure in key locations throughout Montgomery. She has also represented Alabama and North Carolina at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

When not teaching, Deana can be found leading cross-country bicycle tours alongside a talented team of cyclists at America by Bicycle, Inc.

Deana had the honor of sharing her bicycling journey in a recent report, The Surprising Promise of Bicycling in America (Walljasper, 2017), in a segment on bicycling improving health as one of 12 reasons bicycling will continue to flourish.

Personal Interests

Deana has ridden a bicycle since the age of five while recovering from open-heart surgery, to benefit her own health and gain the confidence to challenge her body. As an adult, riding a bicycle has allowed her to continue to pedal toward her best self. Her love of biking has enabled her to travel and explore the United States, Europe, and to genuinely connect with her community and the environment.

When she’s not pedaling, you may find her knee deep fly fishing in one of the local streams, getting lost on the hiking trails, snowboarding, or just simply relaxing in a hammock by the creek.