Monica O'Rourke, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Fellow, Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute

Office Phone: 951.343.5562
E-mail: morourke@calbaptist.edu
Office Location:
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9am-5pm & available by appointment Monday-Friday

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Health and Human Performance Middle Tennessee State University 2011
Teaching Licensure Tennessee Department of Education 2009
M.S. Education/Kinesiology California Baptist University 2004
Teaching Credential California State University, Fullerton 2000
B.S. Kinesiology California State University, San Bernardino 1997
  • Additional Education

    CREDENTIALS & CERTIFICATIONS
    American Heart Association Licensed Instructor: Health Care Provider (Basic Life Support), First Aid, & CPR
    California Professional Clear Teaching Credential
    Certified Trainer for Michigan Model for Health
    National Institute for Health Research Certified
    Tennessee Teaching Licensure

  • Courses Taught

    STA 513 Applied Statistics
    KIN 593 Applied Knowledge in Kinesiology
    KIN 570 Research Methods
    KIN 557 Fitness Testing & Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
    KIN 502 Contemporary Health Issues
    KIN 501 Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education
    KIN 490 Principles of Conditioning Athletes
    KIN 480 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
    KIN 473 Research Methods and Evaluation in Kinesiology
    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

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    RESEARCH INTERESTS & EXPERIENCE

    FITNESS & SPORT PSYCHOLOGY:
    Disconnected Values Model for health and fitness
    Perceived Competence and Intrinsic Motivation in Physical Activity
    Psychosocial constructs of bariatric obesity & fitness
    Sexual integrity and hookup culture
    Sport & Human Performance

    SPORT & HUMAN PERFORMANCE:
    Effective fitness and health programs for girls and women
    Sport performance & skill-related fitness for collegiate & professional athletes
    Professional Motocross & Watercross athletic fitness & performance

    PEDAGOGY
    Kinesiology and online instruction
    Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
    Class-management
    Faith integration & pedagogical methods

    CHRISTIANITY & BIOLOGICAL/KINESTHETIC SCIENCE
    Kinesiology and creation science
    Biblical nutrition

    SPORT MINISTRY & ADMINISTRATION
    Action sports ministry (professional motocross, freestyle motocross, watercross)

  • Teaching Experience

    Premedics AED Services

    Trevecca Nazarene University, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
    -Director for the Center for Maximizing Wellness - Employee & Student Wellness Education Program
    -First Aid, CPR, & AED (Adult, Child, Infant)
    -Personal & Community Health

    Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Health & Human Performance
    -The School Health Program
    -Workshops & Instructional Methods in Health Education
    -Drugs and Violence
    -Fitness Education for the Adult
    -Fitness Education K-12
    -Aerobic Fitness Walking
    -Introduction to Teaching Physical Education

    Annuvia Medical
    -Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
    -First Aid, CPR, & AED (Adult, Child, Infant)

    Tennessee Prison for Women

    Lifeguard Medical Solutions

    Rutherford County Schools
    -Physical Education Program Director
    -Elementary Physical Educator

    Onsite Health Corporation
    -Corporate Health & Wellness Education & Consulting

    Riverside County Department of Corrections

    Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center
    -Adventure Education
    -Sports Team Building

    Jurupa Unified School District
    -At-Risk Youth Educator
    -Secondary Physical Educator
    -Elementary Education & Physical Educator

    California State University, San Bernardino
    -School District College-prep Education

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    PUBLICATIONS

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

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

    Textbook Contribution - 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.

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


    RESEARCH & PROJECTS

    Crawford, M., Ahumada, E., Kling, M., & O'Rourke, M. (in progress). Exploring the value of workplace wellness programs from a law enforcement officer's perspective. Doctoral dissertation.

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

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

    Veal, M., Alstot, A., Bowles, E., & O’Rourke, M. (2009). What concept maps reveal about teacher candidates’ assessment knowledge.

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

    Sherman, C., & Patino-O’Rourke, M. (2001). Analysis of integrating and assessing psychology in physical education.


    PRESENTATIONS

    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.

    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, Janurary 25.

    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., & 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.

    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.

    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.

    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., 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. (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.

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

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


    OTHER PRESENTATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Patino-O’Rourke, 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.

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

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


    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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

    Keynote Speaker - Keynote titled "Empowering you." California State University, Fullerton Physical Education Conference, Fullerton, CA. September 23, 2017

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

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

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


    PUBLISHED ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    "Exercise protocols to reduce weight recidivism for adult post-surgical bariatric patients: A systematic review." (August, 2019). Molly Craycroft, Research Thesis.
    "High-speed treadmill vs. ground-based training for sprint speed among college athletes." (October, 2018). NSCA. Keith Coury, Madrid, Spain.
    "PE should not be punishment." (August, 2013). Tennessean. Mark Anshel, Nashville, TN.
    “En garde!” (2010, February, 20). The Daily News Journal. Aaron Thompson, Murfreesboro, TN.
    “Elementary students say en garde to fencing lessons.” (2010, February 22). MTSU Sidelines. Kait Scharringhausen. Murfreesboro, TN.
    “Rubble trouble.” (2006, August 6). The Press Enterprise. Dan Bernstein, Riverside, CA.
    “Schools follow religion rules.” (2003, April 7). The Press Enterprise Newspaper. Melanie Johnson, Riverside, CA.
    “There’s this kid who…you just won’t believe it.” (1992). The Press Enterprise Newspaper. Dan Bernstein, Riverside, CA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Crosspoint Church, Nashville, TN

    God Behind Bars Prison Ministry- Tennessee Prison for Women

    Team Faith Racing Ministry Involvement -https://calbaptist.edu/news/cbu_professor_serves_to_make_christ_known_in_the_action_sports_scene

  • Community Service & Involvement

    COMMUNITY SERVICE
    Team Faith Racing Ministry, chapliaincy to professional athletes
    Founder and donor of public school Christian club -God Answers Prayers club, Mission Middle School, Riverside, CA.
    American Heart Association BLS, CPR Instructor

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
    ACSM Christian Fellow *American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
    State Future Professional Liaison *California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD)
    Board of Directors *Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS)
    Co-founder *Fit Female Coalition
    National Strength and Condition Association

  • Interests & Hobbies

    TRAVELING & SERVING WITH TEAM FAITH RACING MINISTRY!!
    Chaplaincy services to professional action sports athletes.
    *National AMA Supercross series
    *Team Faith Professional Freestyle Motocross Team
    *Hydrocross Powerboat Nationals
    *Pro Watercross Tour & International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA)
    *Beit El Wadi Sports Camp, Egypt

    HOBBIES
    Growing my own fruit and vegetables & Jet skiis, Bikes and Dirt bikes!

  • Personal Philosophy

    PERSONAL QUOTE: "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." ~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 build 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."