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Monica O'Rourke, Ph.D

Professor of Kinesiology
Director of Educational Effectiveness, College of Health Science
Ph.D. Program Research Fellow, Paul and Annie Kienel Leadership Institute

Office Phone: (951) 343-4267
E-mail: morourke@calbaptist.edu
Office Location:
Office Hours: by appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D Health and Human Performance
M.S. Education - Curriculum and Instruction
T.L. Teaching Licensure
T.C. Teaching Credential
B.S. Kinesiology
  • Additional Education

    National Blackboard LMS Exemplary Trained
    CITI Human Subjects Research Certified
    National Institute for Health Research
    Trainer for Michigan Model for Health

  • Courses Taught

    LDR 795 Research Seminar
    LDR 735 Inferential Statistics
    LDR 700 Special Topics: Transformational Leadership in Kinesiology, Leisure & Sport
    STA 513 Applied Statistics
    HSC 480 Research Methods
    KIN 570 Research Methods
    KIN 473 Research Methods and Evaluation in Kinesiology
    KIN 593 Applied Knowledge in Kinesiology
    KIN 557 Fitness Testing & Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
    KIN 552 Advanced Study of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    KIN 505 Ethics and Leadership in Kinesiology
    KIN 501 Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education
    KIN 490 Principles of Conditioning Athletes
    KIN 480 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
    KIN 454 Behavioral Aspect of Sport
    KIN 423 Organization and Administration of Physical Education
    KIN 414 Methods of Teaching Sport Activities
    KIN 404 Movement Experiences for Middle School Students
    KIN 383 Exercise Physiology
    KIN 363 Movement Experiences for Children
    KIN 353 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury
    KIN 332 Lifelong Motor Development
    KIN 303 Foundations of Kinesiology
    KIN 302 Contemporary Health Issues
    KIN 274 Applied Movement Anatomy
    KIN 264 Movement Anatomy
    KIN 212 First Aid & Safety
    NFS 100 Nutrition Basics for Sport Performance

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Premedics AED Services
    Annuvia Medical
    Trevecca University, Department of Exercise & Sport Science
    Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Health and Human Performance
    Tennessee Prison for Women
    Lifeguard Medical Solutions
    Rutherford County Schools
    Onsite Health Corporation
    Riverside Department of Corrections
    Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center
    Jurupa Unified School District
    California State University, San Bernardino

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Pearson, M., O'Rourke, M., Vanderslice, G. (2023). Building a Mentoring Culture: The influence of tacit knowledge sharing & generative dialogue. Seattle Sound Transit Mentoring Seminar. November 2.

    Pearson, M., O'Rourke, M., Vanderslice, G. (2023). Shared Leadership Enhanced with Organizational Learning and ba. 16th Annual Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, NM, October 25.

    Vanderslice, G., Pearson, M., & O'Rourke, M. (2023). Leadership Development: Honeycomb Leadership Development Model. Seattle Sound Transit, March 14.

    Vanderslice, G., Pearson, M., & O'Rourke, M. (2022). Rethinking Strategies: Increase Leadership Capacity and Improve Communication. 15th Annual Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, NM, October 26.

    Vanderslice, G., Pearson, M,. & O'Rourke, M. (Dec. 2022). Rethinking strategies: Increase leadership capacity and improve communication. The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching. Vol 6 (15), pp.533-538.

    Perspectives on Wisdom. O'Rourke, M. (Chair). (2022). Philosophy, Religion, and Worldviews conducted at the meeting of International Leadership Association, Washington, DC, October 15.

    Pearson, M., O'Rourke, M., & Vanderslice, G. (2022). Interdisciplinary Research. California Baptist University Fall Faculty Workshop. Riverside, CA, August 15.

    Beres, N. (Fox News Producer). (2022, August 4). Pro Watercross racing hits the Cumberland river this weekend in Nashville. [News Report]. Retrieved from https://www.newschannel5.com/news/pro-watercross-racing-hits-the-cumberland-river-this-weekend-in-nashville. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3CKx9CcdT4.

    Vanderslice, G., Pearson, M., & O'Rourke, M. (2022). Increase leadership capacity: Improve communication with mentoring communities and the Honeycomb Leadership Development Model. Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy National Webinar, July 28.

    Pearson, M., Vanderslice, G., & O'Rourke, M. (2022). Rethinking strategies that increase that increase leadership capacity and communication. Public Relations Society of America Western District Conference, Waikiki, HI, April 28.

    O’Rourke, M., Friesen, L., Sansone, M., Michaelson, C., Coury, K., & Hempel, B. (2022). Transforming Christian leadership in a secular world: Challenges and opportunities for mentoring future leaders in sport and leisure industries. Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Studies Webinar Series. February 19.

    Malone, J., & O'Rourke, M. (2022). Sexual health behaviors: A closer look at hook-up culture and sexual integrity. Council for Christian Colleges and Universities International Forum, Dallas, TX. February 12.

    O'Rourke, M., Bolton, D., Weatherall, B., & Bloom, B. (2021). Go Big. Faith and Fitness Conference & Athletic Business Show, San Antonio, TX, October 28.

    Coury, K., Friesen, L., Michaelson, C., Pinkney, M., & O'Rourke, M. (2021). Transformational leadership: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Adults in Sport-Fitness Industries. International Leadership Association, Geneva, Switzerland, October 25.

    Shoup, J. & O'Rourke, M. (2021). Reimagining Doctoral Programs in Leadership Studies: Historical and Typical Expectations. International Leadership Association, Geneva, Switzerland, October 21.

    Pearson, M., Vanderslice, G., & O'Rourke, M. (2021). Strategies for challenging communication and instructional situations like teaching Ph.D. leadership students during a global pandemic. Public Relations Society of America, August 12.

    Malone, J., & O'Rourke, M. (2021). Christian love, sexual health, and sexual integrity: The climate among college-aged students. Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies Conference, Nashville, TN. June 16.

    O'Rourke, M., & Roberts, S., (Feb. 2021). Rethink water for fitness. Faith and Fitness Magazine. https://faithandfitness.net/rethink-water-for-fitness/

    O’Rourke, M., Garner, S., Roberts, S., Franklin, N., & Storvick, D. (2019, November). Exceptional customer experience. Panel Discussion presented at Redefined Faith and Fitness Conference, National Athletic Business Show, Orlando, FL.

    O’Rourke, M., Garner, S., Walker, C., & Vazquez, B. (2019, November). Inter-generational and family fitness. Panel Discussion presented at Redefined Faith and Fitness Conference, National Athletic Business Show, Orlando, FL.

    O’Rourke, M., Lemaster, C., O’Rourke, B, & Johnson, K. (2019) Culture and Context of Evangelism among Professional Motocross and Hydrocross Athletes. Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Grand Rapids, MI, October 24.

    Craycroft, M., & O’Rourke, M. (2019) Embracing Avenues to Health: Body Image, Weight Loss Surgery and Christ. Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Grand Rapids, MI, October 26.

    Harris, A. & O’Rourke, M. (2019). Take a Hike! A Guide to Senior High Outdoor and Recreational Education in Central Ohio. Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Grand Rapids, MI, October 26.

    O’Rourke, M., & Coury, K. Motivational Speaker. Norte Vista High School. August 28, 2019.

    Coury, K. & O’Rourke, M. (June, 2019). High-speed treadmill vs. ground-based training for sprint speed among college athletes. Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise. Vol 51(6).

    Davis, T., & O'Rourke, M. (2019). Rubrics in blackboard. California Baptist University, Webinar, March 27.

    O'Rourke, M., Hauck, L., Pacheco, J., Tan, J., Lozano, S., Cooper, K., Gallegos, A., Exlizarrars, A., & Bray, M. (2019). Teaching credential experiences: What to expect as a teaching candidate. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Garden Grove, CA. February 22.

    Coury, K. & O'Rourke, M. (2019). Functional fitness and agility for the general student population. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Garden Grove, CA. February 21.

    Walsh, M., Harveson, A., McKinney, O., & O'Rourke, M. (2019). Factors contributing to overweight and obesity prevalence in community college students. Masters thesis.

    O'Rourke, M. & Coury, K. (2019). Motivational Speaker. Advance Placement Statistics, Norte Vista High School. Riverside, CA. August 28.

    Harris, A., O'Rourke, M., Bowden, G., & Hauck, L. (2018). Take a hike! A guide to senior high outdoor recreation and education in Ohio. Masters project.

    O'Rourke, M. Keynote Speaker. "Empowering you." California State University, Fullerton Physical Education Conference, Fullerton, CA. September 23, 2017.

    O’Rourke, M. (2017). Understanding how kinesiologists use statistics. Advanced Placement Statistics. Norte Vista High School, Riverside, CA. September 22.

    O’Rourke, M. (2017). The value and purpose of a kinesiologist. Accelerate Academic Achievement (AAA) Academy. Patriot High School, Riverside, CA. September 21.

    O'Rourke, M. (2017). Kinesiology-related online technology and uses in the university classroom. Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies Conference, Nashville, TN. June 7.

    Milner, C., Kitson, M., O’Rourke, M. (2017). Value of mentoring. Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Webinar, April 19.

    Biren, G., O'Rourke, M., Rattigan, P., & McCall, J. (2017). Sport Science K-20. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, San Diego, CA. February 25.

    Cowlan, A., Kalnes, K., & O'Rourke, M. (2017). Title IX 2.0. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, San Diego, CA. February 25.

    O'Rourke, M., & Davis, T. (2017). Pedagogical approach to technology and kinesiology in university instruction. Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Webinar, January 25.

    O’Rourke, M. (2016). Integration of kinesiology and statistics. Advanced Placement Statistics, Norte Vista High School, Riverside, CA. November 10.

    Kalnes, K., Malone, J., O'Rourke, M., & Cowlin, A. (2016). Female specific wellness programs. Eastern District Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, May 23.

    O’Rourke, M. (2016). Health science as a profession. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Rialto Unified School District, Rialto, CA. October 14.

    O'Rourke, M., & Williams, C. (2016). Teaching leadership and advocacy in Health/PETE using technology-based learning strategies. Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Minneapolis, MN. April 9.

    O'Rourke, M., & Williams, C. (2016). Out of control health: Strategies to bridge disconnected health values. Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Minneapolis, MN. April 7.

    O'Rourke, M. & Moore, M. (2016). Promoting personal fitness and conditioning using social media: Teacher strategies. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Santa Clara, CA. March 11.

    O'Rourke, M. Carlan, M., & Moore, M. (2016). Skill-related fitness activities & history! Olympics & Roman Empire Activities. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Santa Clara, CA. March 11.

    Textbook Contribution (2015). Davis, T. "Scenarios" in "How do I integrate multimedia?" Chapter 4, Visual Design for Online Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, pp. xvi, 116-122.

    O'Rourke, B., Lemaster, C., & O'Rourke, M. (2015). Athletes as role models. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN. November 18.

    Malone, J. & O'Rourke, M. (2015). She's got this! Personal fitness conditioning social-media intervention. Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Murfreesboro, TN. October 26.

    O’Rourke, M. (2015). Measurement and statistics in kinesiology. Advanced Placement Statistics. Norte Vista High School, Riverside, CA. April 22.

    Pearson, D., O'Rourke, M., & Baird, S. (2015). Cardiorespiratory activities with a purpose: Increasing motiviation and learning. Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention, Seattle, WA. March 21.

    Textbook Contribution (2014). Anshel, M. "Introduction to applied health fitness psychology." Chapter 1, Applied health fitness psychology. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL

    Textbook Contribution (2014). Anshel, M. Psychological Motivation Theories." Chapter 2, Applied health fitness psychology. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL

    O'Rourke, M. Motivational Speaker. California State University, Fullerton, Department of Kinesiology, Teacher Education. April 15, 2014.

    O'Rourke, M., Anshel, M., Kim, J., & Winborn, J. (2014). Predictors of attitudes toward physical activity as a function of secondary school physical education experiences among adults. Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Lexington, KY. February 21.

    Pearson, D., O’Rourke, M., & Guerrero, J. (2014). How to Not Run a Lap. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Conference, Garden Grove, CA. February 28.

    O’Rourke, M. & Malone, R. (2013). Endless Athletes: Transition from athlete to a lifetime of fitness. Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Murfreesboro, TN. October 30.

    O’Rourke, M. (2012). PETE Students and Jump Rope for Heart Annual Event. Black Fox Elementary, Murfreesboro, TN. February 24.

    O’Rourke, M., Anshel, M., Winborn, J., & Kim, J. (2011). Predictors of attitudes toward physical activity as a function of secondary school physical education experiences among adults.

    O’Rourke, M., Parker, L., & Slagle, R. (2009). Individual and dual activity units: A health and fitness twist for middle and high school physical education. Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Murfreesboro, TN. November 2.

    Veal, M., Alstot, A., Bowles, E., & O’Rourke, M. (2009). What concept maps reveal about teacher candidates’ assessment knowledge. National Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. October 9.

    O’Rourke, M. (2009). The effects of school–based interventions in reducing body mass index among youth: A meta-analysis and proposal to physical educators.

    O’Rourke, M. (2007). The Fit Body in Christ, Vellegas Middle, Corona-Norco School, CA. February 21.

    O’Rourke, M. (2007). Kinesiology as a profession. Rialto Unified School District, Rialto, CA. February 2.

    O'Rourke, M. Motivational Speaker: A Testimony of Not Giving Up. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Rialto High School, San Bernardino, CA, 2006.

    O’Rourke, M. (2006, 2007). Presidential fitness assessment in elementary schools. Riverside Christian Elementary, Riverside, CA. February 28 & March 2.

    O’Rourke, M. (2006). Movement activities for large groups in physical education, Faculty development, Lake Elsinore, CA. March 7.

    O’Rourke, M. (2006). Quality physical education. Lake Elsinore Physical Education Faculty Development, Lake Elsinore, CA. March 7.
    MacDonald, N., & Patino-O’Rourke, M. (2006). Stress management. California Baptist University Community Conference, San Bernardino, CA. November 1.

    O’Rourke, M. (2006). Quality physical education involving rock climbing as a tool, Jurupa Unified School District School Board. August 7.

    O’Rourke, M. (2005). Tools of the trade: Effective team building adventure activities. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Southern District Annual Conference, Northridge, CA. November 6.

    O’Rourke, M., MacDonald, N., & Pearson, D. (2005). Non-traditional physical education activities in secondary education. Association of Christian Schools International, National Conference, Anaheim, CA. November.

    MacDonald, N., Pearson, D., & O’Rourke, M. (2005). Quality elementary physical education. Association of Christian Schools International, National Conference, Anaheim, CA. November.

    O’Rourke, M. (2005). Dynamic physical education assessment. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Southern District Annual Conference, Northridge, CA. November 6.

    O’Rourke, M. (2005). Fitness and health. Junior Lifeguard Educator Training, Malibu, CA. August 9.

    O’Rourke, M. (2005). Interdisciplinary assessment in physical education. Teacher Education Symposium, Azuza Pacific University, Azuza, CA. March.

    Patino, M. (2004). Establishing a well-managed secondary school physical education class.

    Patino, M. (2002). Team building and trust activities. Activity and Sport Coordinators Jurupa Unified School District Conference, Riverside, CA. June 25.

    Patino, M. (2002, 2003, 2004). Teaching across the curriculum in physical education: Reading and writing in the content area. Teacher Education Symposium, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA.

    Sherman, C., & Patino, M. (2001). Integrating and assessing psychology in physical education. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference, Santa Clara, CA.

    Patino, M. (2001). Middle school transition. Jurupa Community Education Conference, Riverside, CA. January 20.

    Patino, M. (2000). Physical education as a profession. Education: A family affair, Parent Conference, University of California, Riverside, CA. March 18.

    Patino, M. (2000). Authentic assessment in physical education. National Assessment Conference, Fullerton, CA. March 3.

    Patino, M. Motivational speaker. W.R.I.T.E. Conference, University of California, Riverside, CA. 2000

  • Personal Philosophy

    MY PERSONAL QUOTE: Written by Monica O'Rourke
    "In life I can easily become complacent in compromise to the sins of this earth. Understanding that Christians and non-Christians alike are all sinners (Romans 3:22-23), I am called to love everyone which I will happily serve and do (Matt 22:36-39). Yet, I am called to be different because I am called to be an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). I am a Christian (Romans 1:16-18). With this comes humility and courage to be “Christ-like" (Matt 7:13-14). He calls me to shamelessly shine for Him (Matt 5:13-16). Our society says much is “okay” and acceptable to do (1 Peter 5:8). Yet, as a Christian I must discern when the world says “it is okay” does not mean it is acceptable or fruitful to God (1 Corinthians 10:23). When the world' s walls close in...God’s Word sweetly reminds me who “wins” the victory in the end (Revelations 21:1-8). Therefore, He calls me to be an ambassador for Him even when it is not convenient to me (Matt 16:24) or counters to what the world says is right or popular. Today, right now, my Lord calls me to be different. He calls me to be bold for Him and be a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to Him (Romans 12:1). Why? Because that is the least I can do for all He has done for me (Romans 12:2). He has asked me to live as His disciple (John 13:34-35). Though I fall short daily (Romans 3:10-18), I pick myself up and am reminded today may be my final opportunity to role model and mentor those who are possibly looking to me for direction. I pray that each day I am able to put each piece of armor of God on (Ephesians 6:10-20) in order to glorify Him, represent Him, more over live for Him. What about you? Are you a Christian? Are you His disciple? It is more than a word. Amen." ~written by Monica O'Rourke, PhD

    Go live your purpose and shine. Have questions about Christ? Science of Kinesiology? or both? Contact me.

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE
    "We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!' For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." Amen. 2 Corinthians 5:20

    Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."