Dr. Anita Bowman Associate Professor & Dept Chair
Office:Luecker Building

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Dr. Anita Bowman joined the University of the Cumberlands' faculty in 2004 and was appointed Department Chair in 2012. She attended University of Kentucky and earned her PhD in Exercise Science with a Biomechanics concentration in 2004. She also attended Ball State University where she was awarded a MS in Physical Education with a Sports Administration concentration. In 1988, her undergraduate BS degree was granted from Manchester University (formerly Manchester College) in Health and Physical Education (Exercise Science concentration) with a minor in Athletic Training.

Since joining the UC Faculty in 2004, she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and the William T. Miles Community Service Award in 2009. Dr. Bowman was bestowed the title of Kentucky Colonel in 2007 while working with the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.

Dr. Bowman is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has a JrFit™ Youth Fitness Specialist Certification.

Courses Taught

ESS 008 Weight Training
ESS 131 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science
ESS 221 Growth and Movement Development
ESS 231 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
ESS 233 Physical Education for Elementary School
ESS 330 Kinesiology
ESS 333 Adapted Physical Education
ESS 336 Exercise Prescription
ESS 337 History and Principles of Exercise and Sport Science
ESS 435 Physiology of Exercise
ESS 439 Fitness and Sport Management Senior Seminar - Capstone
HESS 233 Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology
HESS 234 First Aid and Safety
HESS 401 Sport Psychology
HEOL 530 Methods and Materials of Health Education (graduate online)
HEOL 531 Fattening of America (graduate online)
PEOL 530 Methods and Materials of Physical Education (graduate online)
PEOL 531 Motor Development (graduate online)


2009 Anita Bowman. Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and the Real World. Appalachian College Association’s Annual Summit XII.

2007 Susan Weaver, Tom Fish, Kathy Fish, Anita Bowman, and Jim Manning. Focusing Institutional Culture: Engaging Students through Critical Thinking. Appalachian College Association’s Annual Summit X.

2006 Susan Weaver, Anita Bowman, and Garland Young. Same Goal, Multiple Approaches to Online Teaching. Appalachian College Association’s Annual Summit IX.


2009 Anita Bowman, Kim Miller, Susan Weaver, and Lynn Woolsey. Closing the Loop: Using Online Tutorials to Address Concerns with our QEP. Appalachian College Association Grant.

2006 Bill Garris, Anita Bowman, and Susan Weaver. Student Response Systems: Tools to Strengthen Student Engagement, Enhance Learning, and Strengthen Information Literacy. Appalachian College Association Grant.

Ms. Sarah Adkins Assistant Professor
Office:Luecker Building

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Ms. Lindsay Baker Adjunct Instructor

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Ms. Peggy Blackmore-Haus Head Athletic Trainer / Instructor
Office:O. Wayne Rollins Center

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Ms. Margaret Haus, a member of the University of the Cumberlands faculty since 1990, attended the University of Cincinnati, earning both a B.F.A. in Art Education and a B.A. in Health Education in 1984. She continued her studies in Health and Physical Education, completing an M.A. from Michigan State University in 1986.

In addition to her duties as an instructor and athletic trainer, Ms. Haus assists several state and regional organizations. A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, she sits on the Public Relations Committee for the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society, is the former chair of the Medical Aspects Committee for the Mid-South Conference, and serves as the Region XI Medical Aspects Representative for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Course Taught

HESS 234 First Aid and Safety
Publications and Presentations

Panelist. "Women in Athletics." NAIA Women’s Sports Careers Symposium, Lexington, KY, 1999.

Ms. Kathryn Hart Adjunct Professor / Volleyball Head Coach
Office:IM Gym
Phone:(606) 539-4360

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Ms. Connie Howard Associate Professor
Office:O. Wayne Rollins Center
Phone:(606) 539-4366

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Ms. Connie Howard graduated from Cumberland College in 1974 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. The following year, she completed an M.S. in Recreation at Eastern Kentucky University, after which she was invited to return to Cumberland as a member of the faculty. Since then, she has completed additional study at EKU in Community Health, at the National Academy of Bereavement, and at Renew: the Center for Personal Crisis, Spiritual Crisis, and Traumatic Loss.

Ms. Howard’s contributions as a teacher were recognized in 1998 when alumni voted to present her with the J.B. Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Howard lends her talent and expertise to the community as the co-founder of and facilitator for Grief Connection, a service organization in London, Kentucky.

In 2009 Ms. Howard was awarded the National Death Educator Award. She was recognized and presented with a plaque in Washington D.C.

Courses Taught

ESS 007 Walking
HESS 333 Nutrition
HESS 336 Nature Connection to Health and Wellness
HLTH 236 Health and Wellness
HLTH 334 Communication Dynamics in Health
HLTH 335 Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
HLTH 336 Epidemiology
HLTH 436 Death and Dying

Publications and Presentations

"My Body and Grief" Hospice Journal.
"Coping With the Holidays" Hospice Journal.
"The Hole in My Heart" Saint Meirrad School of Theology.
"Spiritual Crisis and Loss" Cleft Rock Retreat Center.
"Surviving the Loss of a Pet" Delta Kappa Gamma.
"Faith, Hope and Loss" Holy Trinity Church.
"How Do I Go On?" Whitley County Health Department.
"Good Grief" Faculty Colloquium.
"It's My Body" Coalition for Appalachian Women.

Ms. Jenine Leskiw Instructor

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Mr. Terry Stigall Instructor
Office:O. Wayne Rollins Center
Phone:(606) 539-4587

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Mr. Terry Stigall is an alumnus of Cumberland College, having graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Health and Psychology. In 1981 he recieved an MAE from Union College and has since expanded his education at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Tennessee.

In 1976 he joined the Admissions Department as a counselor and in 1982 was invited to join the faculty in the Health Department and be head baseball coach. After leading Cumberland College Baseball for 18 years, Mr. Stigall retired from coaching but maintains his full time status as an instructor in the Health, Movement and Leisure Department.
Courses Taught

HLTH 236 Health and Wellness
MLST 007 Walking
MLST 010 Whiffleball

Mr. Kris Strebeck Instructor / Intramurals Director / Archery Head Coach
Office:O. Wayne Rollins Center
Phone:(606) 539-4437

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Dr. B.J. Temple Assistant Professor
Office:Luecker Building

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Dr. William (B.J.) Temple joined the department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) in 2015 as a full time member after serving many years as adjunct faculty. Prior to joining the HESS faculty full time, Dr. Temple spent fifteen years as the assistant track and field coach at the University of the Cumberlands.

Dr. Temple earned his B.S. degree in Movement and Leisure Studies from University of the Cumberlands and M.S. in Sport Science with Sport Coaching emphasis from the United States Sports Academy. In 2013, he was awarded his Ed.D. in Leadership with Higher Education Administration emphasis from the Cumberlands.

He currently holds certifications from USA Track and Field Level I and II in endurance, as well as American Red Cross Certified Instructor for First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Courses Taught

ESS 131 Introduction to Health, Exercise and Sport Science
ESS 235 Fitness and Sport Management
ESS 331 Psychosocial Aspects of Sports
HESS 234 First Aid and Safety
HESS 236 Health and Wellness


Peer Reviewed Publication: “Retention: A Focused Study of Factors Affecting Student Retention at a Private University in Southeastern Kentucky.” The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the University of Oklahoma, Nov 2014

Selected Presentations

Presentation “Sports Imagery” Adidas- Brevard Distance Runners Camp, Brevard, North Carolina. July, 2014
Presentation “ Breaking Down Cross Country Courses” Adidas Brevard Distance Runners Camp, Brevard, NC July, 2014
Presentation “College Athletics Forum” Adidas Brevard Distance Runners Camp, Brevard, NC July, 2014
Presentation “Event Specific Recovery Techniques in Track and Field” Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Clinic in Lexington, KY July, 2014
Presentation “Elite 800 Meter Training” Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Clinic in Lexington, KY July, 2014