Alisa Ward, M.A.

Part-Time Faculty, Kinesiology
Director of Intramurals

Professor Ward started teaching at PLNU in 2008 and she became the Intramural Director in 2012, which provides activities, sports and leagues for over 500 students each semester. In the Kinesiology Department she introduces all of our incoming students to future healthcare professions in Orientation to Kinesiology (KIN1001 & KIN4084). Her research interests include the promotion of health and wellness, exercise motivation, the impact of health and wellness courses on lifestyle choices, high intensity interval training, and the "why" behind the many choices we make. Prior to becoming a faculty member at PLNU she taught at an international school in Kampala, Uganda for 1 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. She and her husband are active in their community and at Ebenezer Church in Linda Vista. They have 2 biological children and are a foster family. 


  • Ph.D. Health Science, degree expected 2024, Specialty Track--Health Promotion & Wellness, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • M.A. Kinesiology, Field of Interest--Sports Psychology & Sports Administration, California State University, Fresno
  • B.A. Physical Education, Field of Interest--Teaching & Coaching, Point Loma Nazarene University 

Courses Taught

  • Orientation to Kinesiology – KIN 1001 
  • History & Trends – PED 3030 
  • Team Sports Fundamentals and Strategies – PED 2020 
  • Optimal Health – PED 2000 
  • Weight Lifting – PED 1055 
  • Fitness Through Movement – PED 1000 
  • Circuit Training with Weights – PED 1002 

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.