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Dr. Jennifer Rudella is an assistant professor and co-advisor for the health and physical education majors club in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science.

Jennifer RudellaDr. Rudella completed her undergraduate degree at Lock Haven University in the Health and Physical Education program. Her master’s degree in exercise science was completed at California University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Experience

Dr. Rudella has been teaching at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2013. Prior to her appointment, she was a health and physical education teacher in a rural school district. During her five years in public school teaching, she taught elementary physical education, adapted physical education, high school health education, high school physical education, and high school lifetime fitness. Dr. Rudella is a certified health and physical education teacher and currently holds an Instructional II permanent teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Education and Certifications

  • BS in Health and Physical Education
  • MS in Exercise Science
  • DEd in Curriculum and Instruction  
  • Pennsylvania Instructional II Teacher Certification
    • K-12 in Health and Physical Education
    • Middle-Level Mathematics

Scholarship

Recent research studies Dr. Rudella was involved in:

  • Student perception of fitness testing and lifetime fitness goals. (2014). Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Teacher perceptions of fitness testing and lifetime fitness goals. (2013) Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Recent presentations Dr. Rudella was involved in:

  • Rudella, J., Brunetto., J., Pikur, B. (2014, November). Line dancing: Effective strategies for teaching students of all ages and abilities. Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Seven Springs, PA
  • Rudella, J. (2014, April). Teacher perceptions of fitness testing and lifetime fitness goals. Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America, St. Louis, MO.
  • Rudella, J., & Butz, J. (2014, June). Effective implementation of exergames in K-12 physical education. Keystone Health Promotion Conference, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Rudella, J. (2013, November). School culture and climate: How is learning affected? Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance state convention, Valley Forge, PA
  • Rudella, J., & Phillips-Shyrock, S. (2012, June). Using the Nintendo Wii as a resource for physical activity. Keystone Health Promotion Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Recent publications Dr. Rudella was involved in:

  • Rudella, J. (in press). Assessment in dance-based exergames. Pennsylvania State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Danc.
  • Rudella, J., & Butz, J. (in press). Exergames: Increasing physical activity through effective instruction. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.
  • Dr. Rudella wrote a technology entry as part of a book chapter of an edited book in 2013 entitled, Technology tie-in: Using the Nintendo Wii as a resource for physical activity.  This publication can be found in Creative thinking and arts-based learning: Preschool through third grade (6th ed.) on pp.179-180, by J. P. Isenberg, & M. R. Jalongo, Editors. 
  • Thorp, J. (2013). Engaging students in physical education: Recommendations for secondary programs. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 26(1), 8-13.
  • Thorp, J. (2013). Teacher perceptions of the importance of fitness testing and the relationship of fitness testing to students making lifetime fitness goals. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis Database. (UMI No. 3558598)

Courses Offered:

  • HPED 143 — Health and Wellness
  • HPED 209 — Motor Behavior
  • HPED 217 — Teaching Middle School Physical Education
  • HPED 316 — Teaching Elementary Health Education
  • EDUC 421 — Student Teaching (supervision)
  • EDUC 441 — Student Teaching (supervision)
  • HPED 681 – Curriculum and Assessment
  • HPED 675 – Fitness Technologies in Health and Physical Education

Contact Information:


  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.