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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education, School and Public Health Department

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College of Education and Professional Studies
Dorothy Purser Hall, room 101

Fax: 509-963-1848
    See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Kenneth Briggs, EdD

Kenneth Briggs, EdD, health education, pedagogy
Stephen C. Jefferies, PhD, physical education, pedagogy
Melody Madlem, PhD, CHES, public health, health education
Kirk Mathias, EdD, physical education, pedagogy

Associate Professor

Heidi Henschel Pellett, EdD, physical education, pedagogy

Assistant Professors
Vanessa Harbor, PhD, public health
Rebecca Pearson, MPH, PhD, public health, health education
Mark Perez, PhD, school health, pedagogy
Richard Unruh, EdD, athletic administration
Pete Van Mullem, EdD, athletic administration
P. Stefan Ward, PhD, physical education, pedagogy
Therese Young, MA, dance, physical education

Kristine Espinoza, MS, health education, pedagogy

Emeritus Professors
Gary Frederick, EdD, physical education
Andrew P. Jenkins, PhD, health education
Robert McGowan, PhD, sport psychology and athletic administration

Rhonda Busch-Gehlen, assistant to the chair
Joy Chrismer, NPAV building coordinator, equipment manager
Debra D’Acquisto, activity program coordinator
Edith Fowler, PESPH department manager
Debbie Nethery, pool manager

Department Information
The mission of the Department of Physical Education, School, and Public Health (PESPH) is to promote health and active lifestyles. The vision of the Department is to create highly recognized and respected academic programs in which students gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in their profession. This mission and vision and the following core values help to guide program decisions within the department:

  • Professional environment based on ethical behavior, respect, and integrity
  • Quality of life through health promotion, healthy communities, and active lifestyles
  • Student focused learning environment based on respect, relevance, and rigor
  • Social justice and diversity

Proudly, graduates of each major program in the department are highly qualified to enter careers in physical education and school health or public health.

Departmental Programs
Physical Education and School Health (PESH) Major
Physical Education – Coaching Minor
Physical Education – Dance Minor
Physical Education – Dance: Teaching Minor
Physical Education – Activity Program
Public Health Major – Community Health Specialization
Public Health Major – Pre-nursing in Public Health Specialization
Public Health – Community Health Education Minor


    Bachelor of ScienceMinor


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