Alisa Ward, M.A.

Part-Time Faculty, Kinesiology
Director of Intramurals
Assistant Coach, Track and Field

Primary teaching responsibilities include Kinesiology 101, Optimal Health, Weight Training, and Fitness Through Movement. Ward is also director of intramurals, which provide activities and leagues for over 500 students each semester. She also works with the track and field team as an assistant coach. For four years, Ward helped coach the women’s soccer team to national championship runner-up in 2009 and to the final four in 2011. Prior to becoming a faculty member at PLNU, she taught at an international school in Kampala, Uganda, for one school year, where she continued to develop her passion for international cultures. She then taught at a K-8 school while completing her graduate work. In summer 2009, she co-led a LoveWorks mission trip to Brazil with head soccer coach Tim Hall. She met her husband, Brandan, at their church and they got married in December 2010. They now have two young children and are active in their local church.

Education

  • M.A., Kinesiology, California State University, Fresno
  • B.A., Physical Education, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Orientation to Kinesiology – KIN 101 
  • History & Trends – PED 330 
  • Team Sports Fundamentals and Strategies – PED 220 
  • Optimal Health – PED 200 
  • Weight Lifting – PED 155 
  • Fitness Through Movement – PED 100 
  • Circuit Training with Weights – PED 102 

Experience in Field

  • Health and physical education teacher in East Africa (Kampala, Uganda)
  • Graduate studies focused on using the Millenium Development Goals to teach citizenship to youth soccer players
  • Coached various teams from elementary school-aged children through college men and women in soccer, volleyball, softball, swimming, and track & field. 
  • Hopes to teach her students and participants of intramurals how to be the best version of themselves and how to live the best quality of life possible.
  • FIFA-certified soccer referee, 2000 – 2004 (high school and men's league soccer games)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Boon [Ward], A. & Gilbert, W. (2010). Using the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals to Teach Citizenship in Youth Soccer, Journal of Coaching Education 3(3), 37-55.