Teaching

As an Associate Professor at University of Kentucky, I teach an undergraduate sexuality education course, two graduate-level topical seminars (rotating between sexual health promotion and healthy couple relationships), and a graduate-level health theory course. As an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, I taught human sexuality, personal health, and women’s health.

Sexuality Education: KHP 220

This is a required teacher education preparation course that introduces students to conceptual aspects of human sexuality and pedagogical components of teaching sexual health through the lifespan. Through the semester, students are required to create lesson plans, public service announcements, and successfully complete an exit exam on the anatomy and physiology of men and women’s genitals. Most students find this course opens their minds to think about their sexual values in ways they hadn’t previously and challenges them to think more critically.

Foundations of Health Promotion: KHP 674

This course is a required course for the MS, EdD, and PhD students in health promotion and health education. The foundations of health promotion and health education including theories of health behavior, introduction to behavior change, and professional development in the field are discussed. I take a collaborative applied approach to this course by requiring students to form groups with a specific behavior to change to use as examples for all of the theories learned throughout the course. Students have indicated this applied approach is useful.

Sexual Health Promotion: KHP 678

This is an intensive seminar on contemporary sexual health issues. The class focuses on methodological, theoretical, and substantive issues relevant to studying sexual health. Through the semester, students critically evaluate sexual health education programs in school and community settings, sexuality research, and the methodological forms used in studying human sexuality.

Healthy Couple Relationships: KHP 609

Similar in format to the sexual health promotion course, this course is an intensive seminar on contemporary issues of romantic couple relationships. Research, theoretical, and substantive issues relevant to studying couple relationships are covered. Students critically evaluate romantic relationship research, develop an understanding of key issues and theories in the inquiry of romantic relationships, and learn the various forms of inquiry used in the study of romantic couple relationships.

Training

The Health Promotion Strand of the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion is currently accepting applications to the following programs that University of Kentucky offers:

Master of Science in Health Promotion
Deadline for Application for Fall Admission: February 15
Deadline for Application for Spring Admission: August 15

EdD in Health Promotion
Deadline for Application for Fall Admission: February 15
Deadline for Application for Spring Admission: August 15

PhD in Educational Sciences with Health Education Concentration
Deadline for Application for Fall Admission: February 15
Deadline for Application for Spring Admission: August 15

I am also the Director of the Health Coaching Graduate Certificate, which can be pursued at the same time as another graduate program or it can be pursued on its own as a post-bac student. Please contact me if you have interest in this certificate program.