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Tommie Church
Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
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Tommie Church, MEd
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Education

Ph D

2012, Health Studies
Texas Woman's University

MEd

1996,
University of Louisiana at Monroe (as NLU)

BS

1993,
University of Louisiana at Monroe (as NLU)

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Tommie Church is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Kinesiology, in the School of Health Professions, in the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences at ULM.  She was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, and now lives just north of Monroe, in Sterlington, LA., with her husband, Jerry.

  Dr. Church's initial career path was centered around dance.  She began her career in dance education in the private sector and owned her own dance school , teaching performing arts dance to students ages 3-adult. In the beginning of her career, she was also a performing member of the Twin City Civic Ballet Company, and became a performing member at Strauss Little Theater of Monroe, where she had leading roles in various musical theater productions over a span of 20 years.

Her educational background includes a B.S. in Physical Education from Northeast Louisiana University, a M.Ed. in Exercise Science from Northeast Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.

Dr. Church began her employment with  ULM(which was NLU at the time) in August of 1996, as a part time instructor teaching the dance and fitness classes for the Department of Kinesiology.  She later became a full time instructor teaching core Kinesiology courses as well as courses in Exercise Science and Health.  After completing her Ph.D. in 2012, she became an Assistant Professor for Kinesiology, and now teaches courses related to the Health and Physical Education Certification concentration as well as core Kinesiology courses and Graduate courses for the M.S. in Exercise Science program.

Dr. Church serves as the academic advisor for the Kinesiology majors who are athletes as well as those majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in HPEC.  She currently serves on several university committees including the University Athletic Academic Advisory Committee(UAAAC), the Academic Innovation Center Fellows, and the SACS/COC Programs Committee.

Her research interests include obesity prevention through activity and nutrition education, competition anxiety in athletes and dancers, and dance injury prevention.

Her favorite activities outside of ULM academics include spending time with family(especially two grandchildren), fishing, water sports, fitness activities, and going on vacation adventures with her husband, Jerry.

Professional Positions

August 2012

Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Department of Kinesiology

1977

Owner/Director, Ms. Tommie's School of Dance, Winnsboro, LA

1998 1996

Part-Time Instructor, University of Louisiana at Monroe (as NLU), Department of Health and Human Performance

1997 1993

Choreographer, Living Christmas Tree, First Baptist Church, West Monroe, LA

1996

Choreographer, Camelot, Monroe Little Theater, Monroe, LA

1995

Choreographer, Forever Plaid, Monroe Little Theater, Monroe, LA

1995 1993

Graduate Assistant, University of Louisiana at Monroe (as NLU), Department of Health and Human Performance

1995 1977

Owner/Director, Ms. Tommie's School of Dance, Monroe, LA

1994 1989

Choreographer, Sales Rally, Central Bank, Monroe, LA

1982 1972

Assistant Instructor, Lavender School of Dance, Monroe/West Monroe, LA

Licensure & Certification

Tested and Approved Member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Faculty 2010.

July 2016 Lucy Shackleford Professorship.

April 2012 Outstanding Teaching Faculty 2012.

April 2012 PHI KAPPA PHI.

October 2010 Outstanding Faculty 2007.

2000 Dance Educator of the Year 2000.

1995 Best Actress in Musical (Supporting Role) "Damn Yankees".

1988 Best Actress in Musical (Leading Role) "42nd Street".

Courses Taught

CURR 4056STUDENT TEACHING IN HIGH SCH, 7 course(s)

CURR 4084PRACTICUM - ELEMENTARY, 3 course(s)

EXSC 5008NUTRITION AND WELLNESS, 4 course(s)

EXSC 5016SPORT FITNESS RECREAT PSYCH, 2 course(s)

EXSC 5095PROF INTERNSHIP EXERCISE SCI, 3 course(s)

KINS 2011INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY, 12 course(s)

KINS 2021CONCEPTS-PERSONAL WELLNESS, 3 course(s)

KINS 2041Personal/Community Healt, 7 course(s)

KINS 3006INTRO TEACHING HLT/PHY ED, 2 course(s)

KINS 3010SPORT AND FITNESS PSYCHOLOGY, 4 course(s)

KINS 3018Fitness Assess Tech, 3 course(s)

KINS 3065FITNESS, 4 course(s)

KINS 4002Ex Prog Design, 2 course(s)

KINS 4003TESTS & MEASUREMENTS PHY ED, 2 course(s)

KINS 4010EXERCISE IN HEALTH & DISEASE, 1 course(s)

KINS 4017SCHOOL HEALTH PROBLEMS, 9 course(s)

KINS 4019Modern Fitness, 1 course(s)

KINS 4031METH & MATERIALS IN HEALTH ED, 4 course(s)

KINS 4035PRACT IN PHY ED (GENERAL), 9 course(s)

KINS 4041Worksite Health, 1 course(s)

KINS 4042HEALTH PHYS ED PROGRAM DEVL, 14 course(s)

KINS 4043CHEP EPIDEMIOLOGY, 6 course(s)

KINS 4045ISSUES IN KINESIOLOGY, 10 course(s)

KINS 4046HLTH & PROM MULTICULTURAL POP, 3 course(s)