DEPARTMENT of Kinesiology
The Anderson University Department of Kinesiology (DOK) offers unequaled preparation for careers in athletic training, exercise science, teaching physical education and coaching. The 132,000 square foot Kardatzke Wellness Center houses state of the art laboratories, clinical settings, classrooms, field house, dance studio and pool. High-quality faculty/staff serve exemplary academic, wellness, recreation and athletics programs. The Department of Kinesiology offers programs of study in:
Hands-on experiences under the watchful eye of professors who are active in their profession allow students to learn skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the job market. Each major includes the application of learning skills in a real life setting working with AU community members, athletic teams, clinics, schools and agencies.
The Department of Kinesiology features four academic programs: exercise science, athletic training, sports & recreational leadership, and physical education teacher education (PETE). In each of these areas of study, students begin working in their field well before they graduate. Athletic training students participate in clinical experiences with sports teams on campus and at allied health-care facilities.
The PETE majors gain field experiences through teaching in private and public schools, teaching home-schooled children, and coaching Special Olympians. Exercise science students serve the AU community by working as personal trainers for faculty and staff and by developing strength training and conditioning plans for athletic teams. Students in the Department of Kinesiology benefit from the up-to-date and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.
Some graduates from AU’s Kinesiology programs go on to study in prestigious graduate schools across the country or obtain jobs at universities, while others go on to careers in orthopedic centers or with professional sports teams or teach in public and private school systems.
Creator of God Fit
“Anderson University opened my mind to the influence I could have on our society in the wellness industry. My degree gave me the experience and confidence needed to become a published author and certified fitness professional. My ministry/book, “GODFIT, Through Love Serve”, combines the purpose of exercise with serving others in the name of Christ. Anderson University laid the foundation living for God through my career and for my family. PS. My family began at AU since that is where I met my beautiful wife, Angie.”
5th & 6th-grade Wellness Teacher at Clark Pleasant Intermediate School, Indiana “My four years at AU were the best years of my life. I made lifelong friends, grew in my faith, and was inspired by my professors to use the gifts God gave me to serve him. When entering my first job, I was confident in all I had learned. The relationships I built there with both peers and professors have molded me into the teacher I am today. I am thankful for my time there and for all God has done for me over the years! HE IS GOOD!”
Facilities & TEchnology
Built in 1972, Bennett Natatorium is a six-lane 25-yard pool. The pool is used for many physical education classes. Classes include the aquatic section of the Liberal Arts Fit for Life class, beginning swimming, and intermediate swimming, American Red Cross Lifeguarding, American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Pool/Spa Administrator, and Scuba. There are also multiple lap swim times throughout the week, as well as Water Aerobics. Intramurals hosts events in the pool during the year as well.
Falls Fitness Center
R. Glenn and Berny Falls Fitness Center has 6,300 square feet and includes stacks and plate-loaded weights. The cardio room includes treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair climbers, elliptical machines, and a versa climber. The upstairs walking/jogging track is available for people with simpler exercise tastes. The cardio and weight-training stations feature four television sets for people who crave entertainment while they exercise.
Gaither Sports Medicine Center
The Bill and Gloria Gaither Sports Medicine Center is a 5,800 square-foot facility dedicated to sports medicine. The Sports Medicine Center is utilized for injury care, rehabilitation, taping, and academic instruction. An auxiliary training room is also available now for visiting teams.
Anderson University is one of the few universities in the nation to have their own Swim Ex. The Swim Ex is a rehabilitation pool that uses varying depth and amounts of water current to provide resistance to rehabilitation exercises and a variety of other rehabilitation devices.
Hardacre Human Performance Center
The Lester and Marguerite Hardacre Human Performance Center opened up a new major for Anderson University students—exercise science. In the 1,950-square-foot lab, students can determine body density in the hydrostatic weighing tank, measure aerobic fitness using a metabolic cart, and improve a golfer’s swing with the kinematic analysis system. Complete technology is available to analyze data, from cholesterol screenings to stress tests. And the subjects for these tests will be Anderson University students, faculty and staff concerned about their own health and fitness
Reardon Wellness Education Center
The J. Willard and Virginia E. Reardon Wellness Education Center more than doubles the number of classrooms for the Department of Kinesiology, leaving ample space for wellness workshops or health fairs. A Healthy Eating Kitchen provides space for cooking workshops on healthy snacks, seasoning food or Mediterranean cuisine.
The Tom and Sch’ree Ward Fieldhouse is a multipurpose fieldhouse that features four regulation basketball courts, a 200-meter regulation indoor running track, a drop-down batting cage and, on the upper level, a 355-meter indoor walking/jogging track.
The 200-meter indoor competition track is a Mondo surface with six 36-inch lanes around the oval and eight 42-inch lanes for hurdles in the straightaway. Anderson University is the only school in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to have an indoor competition track.
With the addition of the fieldhouse, the Campus Activities Board redesigned an intramural program mirroring programs found at large universities. This facility allows for expanded and consistent intramural programming, which previously needed to be arranged around intercollegiate athletic activities and the weather. Instead of five intramural programs, there will be 20, including the addition of indoor floor hockey and indoor soccer.
In addition to all of the scheduled activities in the Ward Fieldhouse, the university is committed to always keep one track and one court open to students, faculty, and staff who want to stop by for a quick game of basketball with friends or a brisk walk around the track.
OUR Kinesiology FACULTY
Let’s connect during your campus visit.
Emily Day is an assistant professor of Athletic Training in the department of Kinesiology. She earned her bachelor's degree in Athletic Training at Franklin College and her Master's of Education with a concentration in exercise science at Campbell University. She also is the primary athletic trainer for the Men's Soccer and Track and Field teams. Day enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
She joined the Department in 2019.
Contact Emily Day:
Kardatzke Wellness Center 143
(765) 641- 4491
Chris Hamlyn is an assistant professor of kinesiology and serves as the program director for athletic training education at Anderson University. He is a 2007 graduate of Manchester College, earning a bachelor of science in athletic training and exercise science. He went on to complete a master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in athletic training from Indiana University (2009). He worked as a certified athletic trainer at Lapel High School for two years before returning to the college level at Anderson University in 2011 as an assistant athletic trainer and preceptor for the academic program. After three years in this position, he returned to his education at Ball State University and completed his doctorate in higher education with a sports performance cognate in 2018.
He joined the Department of Kinesiology at Anderson University in 2015.
Contact Chris Hamlyn:
Kardatzke Wellness Center 237
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Program Director of Athletic Training Education
B.S., Manchester College
M.S., Indiana University
Ed.D., Ball State University
Connie has served as the Office Manager for the Department of Kinesiology since 1998. Since the Kardatzke Wellness Center opened in 2002, she is awed and appreciative of such a wonderful facility and all it affords to the students, faculty and staff of Anderson University. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband Mike have been married for 35 years. They moved to Anderson in 1978 so Mike could began undergraduate studies at then Anderson College. Both of their children are Anderson University Alumni (Aaron; 2005, Micha; 2009). Recently she and Mike began a new coffee ministry at their church. She includes in her job description mentoring and mothering student assistants within the department.
Connie Huestis joined the Department of Kinesiology in 1998.
Kardatzke Wellnes Center 238
Diana Jones serves as the department chair of kinesiology and is a professor in the area of physical education teacher education and coaching minor program. She has taught at all grade levels throughout her career and has extensive experience in preparing students to become physical educators and coaches. In addition, she has presented various programs on fitness, dance, brain-based research, sports education, and adventure education at the local, state, regional and national levels. She is extremely passionate about teaching and preparing future teachers.
Jones joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2005 and received the faculty of the year award in 2011.
Contact Dr. Jones:
Kardatzke Wellness Center 235
Professor of Kinesiology
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
B.A., Cedarville College
M.Ed., Bob Jones University
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Kelsie Rodman is an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology, specifically in the area of Exercise Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bob Jones University and her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, specializing in Rehabilitative Exercise and Adult Fitness from Virginia Tech University. Her background includes adjunct teaching in the area of fitness, wellness, and exercise as well as creating exercise protocols for injured industrial workers in a Return-to-Work program.
She enjoys informally encouraging those around her to life healthy lifestyles, as well as hiking, biking, and hanging out with family and friends. Rodman lives with her husband in Upland and has 4 children, 3 of which are married.
She joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2017.
Contact Kelsie Rodman
Kardatzke Wellness Center 243
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
B.S., Bob Jones University
M.S., Virginia Tech
Jim Scott is a professor in the department of Kinesiology and Natatorium director. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University and an Ed. D from Ball State University in Muncie. He joined the Anderson University faculty in 1991. He has several certifications with the American Red Cross and is able to certify faculty, staff, and students in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, Water Safety Instruction to name a few. His courses include First Aid, Fit for Life, Lifeguarding, Beginning & Intermediate Swimming, Water Safety Instruction, PE Foundations, Badminton and Bowling. He oversees the day to day operation of the pool and swim lesson program and supervises a staff of approx. 15 student lifeguards. In 2009 he was selected as faculty member of the year.
Scott joined the Department of Kinesiology in 1991.
Contact Dr. Scott:
Kardatzke Wellness Center
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
B.B.A., M.S. , Eastern Kentucky University
Ed.D., Ball State University
Tanya Whiteman is an assistant professor in kinesiology. Whiteman earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Taylor University. She went on to attend California University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Master of Science in exercise science with an emphasis in rehabilitation sciences. Currently, she is continuing her education by working toward a doctorate in athletic training from A.T. Still University.
Whiteman brings extensive experience in athletic training to AU, along with holding the position of clinical education coordinator for the university’s athletic training program. With this position, she ensures that students are able to gain valuable practice and clinical experience in the field.
“This is the best collegiate athletic training room that I have ever been able to work in,” said Whiteman. “I am extremely happy to be working here. This position has given me the opportunity to teach more and work with the future generation of athletic trainers.”
Contact Tanya Whiteman:
Kardatzke Wellness Center 146
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Clinical Education Coordinator
M.S., California University of Pennsylvania