Faculty

Doctorally prepared faculty members teach the majority of the Physical and Health Education courses. Adjunct faculty with specialized expertise are also utilized as needed. Several of our instructors are active supporting members of various professional associations. A strong balance exists in faculty who have expertise in motor development and learning, biomechanics and kinesiology, physiology of exercise, pedagogy, health education, and individual/dual and team sport techniques. Our professors also strongly support the development of character, scholarship, leadership, ethics, and the spiritual foundation of their students. The whole-person development model is encouraged throughout the program.

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Melissa Cook; MS, EdD Assoc Prof; Exercise Science melissa.cook@indwes.edu Department - Physical Education Division - Health & Human Performance

Biography

Dr. Cook has been at IWU since the fall of 2007. She is the department coordinator for Exercise Science. She has taught a variety of classes, but her main focus is Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Biomechanics. In addition to teaching, she helps to coordinate the activities in the Human Performance Lab. Dr. Cook is also a member of ACSM. Dr. Cook lives in Marion with her husband Ben and two children, Tyler and Michaela. She enjoys anything outdoors, such as sports, gardening, hiking, etc.

  • B.A., 1997, University of the Pacific
  • M.S., 2002, California State University of Fullerton
  • Ed.D., 2005, Ball State University

Interests

Evaluation of IWU's Wellness Program and the impact of Title IX on female faculty that were in Division I athletics.

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