Associate Professor of Kinesiology
- Aerobic Conditioning
- International Folk Dance
- Weight Training – Co Ed
- Weight Training – Women
- Wellness for Life – General Education
Introduction to Kinesiology
This class provides an introduction to the field of Kinesiology and includes an overview of the history of physical education, sport and Kinesiology. The time line begins with early civilization and continues through modern events including the Olympics. Additionally, a variety of philosophical approaches and their implications are discussed.
Introduction to first aid, practical experience in basic first aid skills, first aid for specific sport injuries and a practical guide to sport related to liability. Successful completion results in certification for two years.
Basic Athletic Training
Valuable for anyone who plans to coach or pursue further certification in athletic training. Topics include: evaluation and management of injuries to the head, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, and foot. Additional topics include: adverse weather conditions, rehabilitation, emergency situations, recognizing different sport injuries, and helping the injured athlete psychologically.
A focus on administrative practices in the areas of legal responsibility, personnel, finance, public relations, equipment, and facilities. Issues related to youth sport, high school, collegiate, and professional sports are discussed. Sociological and psychological issues related to leadership roles in sport are also included.
Theory and Techniques of Coaching
This course presents an overview of basic theories and coaching applications, including topics such as; philosophy, psychology, ethics, coaching diverse athletes, current training techniques, practice and game preparation.
Camping and Recreation – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Students will have a hands on learning experience along with an interdisciplinary approach. They will learn a variety of skills including: Canoeing safety and paddling skills, equipment selection, trip planning, map and compass, food selection, preparation, environmental care and study, spiritual growth and leadership skills. This course is two weeks, with the first week spent at Wilderness Wind in Ely, MN in classroom and orientation sessions. The second week is a seven day wilderness trip in the BWCA along the US/Canada border in pristine wilderness. This class was offered in May of 2019, with eleven students attending.
Religion and Sport
In the fall of (2017) I co-taught the Religion and Sport class along with Professor Paul Keim. He designed the class and had taught it several years before asking me to co-teach with him. I thoroughly enjoyed working along side another professor from another department. It was fun to bring my areas of expertise to the course and to also learn about many different aspects of religion and sport from his background and his educational experience.
Sport Culture and Psychology
Sport has been and continues to be an integral part of culture and tradition in every country in the world. In this course we examine the role sport plays in society, the culture of sport and team as well as some selected psychological aspects in sport. Theory and conceptual frameworks will be used in the sociological analysis of sport and the exploration of aspects of sport psychology. Topics include: influence of sport in culture, sport for political assertion and social advancement, team dynamics, role clarity, communication, cohesion, competition and cooperation, aggression and psychological aspects related to team and individual performance.
I purchased the study materials for the ACE personal training certification in March of 2019. I sat for that exam and passed it. The ACE personal training certification is good for two years. Towards the end of that time I will need to update the training with CEU’s that are associated with the ACE program.
Course Development Institute
This will be the fourth time that I have participated in the Course Development Institute. Jewel and I developed two new courses for our Sport Management Major. I developed and taught the Facility and Event Management course and Jewel will be working on the Sport Culture and Psychology course. We will co-teach this course in the spring of 2021.
Elkhart River Adoption
Since 2005 the Kinesiology department organizes a group of students to remove trash from a six mile stretch of the Elkhart River between Roger’s Park and Oxbow Park. Each year, we have an ICC group of students led by Keith Graber Miller who help out by canoeing the river pulling small and large items from the water. We ofter get tires, several large garbage bags of recyclables, appliances, bikes, toys, batteries, and many other items. Each year we make a remarkable difference in the appearance of the river. With the flooding this past winter there will be many more items to remove next fall.
Hi-Line Golf Course
Since 2011, along with Dr. John Ingold, we have maintained the three hole golf course located to the south of campus. Due to budgetary restrictions the college no longer maintains the course. In 2013, we were able to obtain a 2000, Toro greens mower which was needed to replace the older Jacobsen. This machine keeps the greens in perfect condition and is much easier to operate. We have replaced older signage and the old backstop was removed. We continue to clean up brush along the railroad tracks. The course is currently in excellent shape to play golf and work on that short game. It is open to all community members who want to play for free.
American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training
I regularly teach First Aid, CPR/AED courses to area community members in Elkhart and Lagrange county. Many teachers and health services individuals are required to carry CPR and AED certification. It has been fun meeting new people in the community and at the same time passing along valuable training that might assist in saving someone’s life.
Groups that are certified each year are the graduate students at Merry Lea, Umble Center staff and Sauder Hall staff. Currently there are classes for the Goshen College Education department to certify all new teachers each spring preparing them for their fall student teaching assignments.
Every year I participate in helping out at Camp Amigo for their large school groups that come to camp in May. I generally work at the small pond below camp and teach children how to fish for the day. Other activities include; driving a tractor and giving wagon rides and learning about the importance of wetlands and bogs.
AAHPERD – American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
IAAHPERD – Indiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association
ACE – American Council on Exercise, 2019
WSI – Water Safety Instructor – American Red Cross
First Aid/CPR/AED Trainer Instructor – American Red Cross
First Aid/CPR/AED – American Red Cross