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The programs in Physical Education and Sport and Recreation Management provide our students with discipline-specific knowledge, skill practice, and professional experience via classroom instruction and student teaching or internship capstone experiences necessary for advanced graduate studies and professional careers.

Our department fosters the development of spiritual, physical, social, emotional, clinical and culturally diverse skills to enhance the human behavior and well being of all populations.

The mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to prepare Christian professionals for careers in teaching, coaching, and sport and recreation management.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (non-licensure)
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Health and Kinesiology (teacher licensure) 
  • Sport and Recreation Management
The Kinesiology licensure major prepares students to teach health and physical education and coach in elementary and secondary schools. The Kinesiology non-licensure major prepares students to work in non-teaching areas of kinesiology, and can be combined with an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching), which allows one to teach. The Sport and Recreation Management major prepares students for careers in athletic or recreation administration.

Minors are offered in Kinesiology, Health, and Coaching. The Coaching minor, when paired with an education degree, allows a student to sit for the Praxis II test and receive their endorsement to coach. 

Kinesiology Academic Advisors
Pedagogy (Kinesiology Major - B.S. with Teacher Education licensure)

Stephen Burks

Office: GAC 100B501-279-4761

Jessica Moore

Office: GAC 137B501-279-4487

Mike Pruitt

Office: GAC 137A501-279-4757
Kinesiology (B.A. – Non-teaching major)

Stephen Burks

Office: GAC 100B501-279-4761

J. D. Yingling

Office: GAC 137C501-279-4756

Jessica Moore

Office: GAC 137B501-279-4487
Sport and Recreation Management

Tom Ritchie

Office: GAC 143B501-279-4972


Harding's facilities meet the needs of all students, whether they are kinesiology majors, outstanding athletes or just avid fitness buffs.

The GAC includes:

  • Classrooms and offices
  • Racquetball courts
  • An indoor track
  • An Aerobics room
  • Swimming pool
  • Locker rooms and
  • Training facilities
  • Fitness room with weight and cardio equipment
  • Courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis

The Human Performance Laboratory and Wellness Center

(Located in the south wing of the GAC)


  • Treadmills
  • Bicycle ergometers
  • An underwater weighing tank for lean-body mass measurements
  • Electronic equipment for measuring strength
  • An electrocardiograph
  • Environmental chamber
  • Echocardiograph
  • Gas analysis equipment
  • Other biomechanical and hematological equipment for scientific evaluation of physical fitness levels
The center is used by the Exercise Science department for research, teaching and physical wellness assessments.

FitnessOther indoor facilities include:

  • Rhodes Field House, the home of Bison and Lady Bison basketball and Lady Bison volleyball.
  • The Dr. Jim Citty Football & Athletic Training Complex, an expansion completed in late 2011, houses an extensive athletic training room used for treatment of all Harding athletes, classrooms and the Bison football team locker room and weight room.

Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, soccer fields, softball fields, a baseball field, flag football and an intercollegiate football field, and a nine-lane all-weather track, all of which are lighted for night use.

GAC schedule pdf


Interested in athletics? 

Harding offers multiple opportunities for students to stay active through the Recreation Program.

Our intramural and social club athletics are coordinated out of the recreation program and provide a place for students to play organized athletics in flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, and other sports.



Stay healthy this school year —

Harding offers fitness programs, workout guidelines, healthy eating tips and more through our Wellness Program.

Please visit our Facebook Page – Harding University Kinesiology - for information about GAC fitness room hours, swim times for men and women, tennis courts, and more!

Refer to the Harding Walking Trails PDF for convenient routes to walk or jog on campus.

FlorenceStudy Abroad —

Bison Athletes in Training (BAT)

Italy 2015

BAT is a condensed summer international program designed for Harding athletes.

HU athletes follow a course plan catered to their sport, other participants work with the directors to create their own program.

Take classes and experience Florence, Rome, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Germany, as well as some independent travel opportunities at the end of the program.

Learn more at International Programs (BAT).

Community Swimming Lessons

Harding offers various swimming lessons and classes for the community. Our classes serve everyone from all ages and abilities. Several of our programs are offered year-round.

Swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise and is important for personal water safety. 

For more information about our programs and registration details, check out Harding Aquatics.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Stephen Burks

Dr. Stephen Burks, Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Phone: 501-279-5183  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Health and Physical Education

Clay Beason

Clay Beason, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor/Assistant Football Coach
Phone: 501-279-4061 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Justin Bland

Justin Bland, M.S.E.
Assisting From Other Departments
Phone: 501-279-5963 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Exercise Science


Luke Cullins

Luke Cullins, M.Ed.
Instructor/Assistant Football Coach
Phone: 501-279-4821 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Health

Mark Cullum

Mark Cullum Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Phone: 501-279-4703  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Exercise Science

Brian Cox

Brian Cox, M.S.
Assisting From Other Departments
Phone: 501-279-5752 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Exercise Science/Athletic Training

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards, M.Ed.
Instructor/Assistant Football Coach
Phone: 501-279-4764  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

David Elliott

David Elliott, M.A.T.
Professor/Head Tennis Coach
Phone: 501-279-4758  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Jim Gowen

Jim Gowen, M.A.
Assistant Professor/Men's Intramural Director
Phone: 501-279-4625 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education 

Steve Guymon

Steve Guymon, M.S.E.
Assistant Professor/Head Track & Cross Country Coach
Phone: 501-279-4360 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Greg Harnden

Greg Harnden, M.S.
Associate Professor/Athletic Director
Phone: 501-279-4305 Fax: 501-279-4138

Greg Harris

Greg Harris, M.S.
Assistant Professor/Head Women's Soccer Coach
Phone: 501-279-4911 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education 

Ronnie Huckeba

Ronnie Huckeba, M.Ed.
Associate Professor/Head Football Coach
Phone: 501-279-4766 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education 

Tim Kirby

Tim Kirby, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor/Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4249 Fax: 501-279-4163
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Patrick McGaha

Patrick McGaha, Ph.D
Associate Professor/Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4344 or 501-279-5759
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 501-279-4487 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Jeff Morgan

Jeff Morgan, M.S.
Assistant Professor/Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4754 Fax: 501-279-4163
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Bryan PhillipsBryan Phillips, Ph.D., CSCS
Assisting from other depts.
Phone: 279-4014 Fax: 279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Exercise Science
Mike Pruitt

Mike Pruitt, D.A.
Phone: 501-279-4757 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

Tom RitchieTom Ritchie, M.Ed.
Director of Women’s Intramurals
Sports & Recreation Management Coordinator
Phone: 501-279-4972  Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education 
David Walker

David Walker, M.A.
Instructor/Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4762 Fax: 501-279-4163
Academic Emphasis: Health


Ray Woods

Ray Woods, M.A.
Instructor/Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 501-279-4381 Fax: 501-279-4163
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education

J.D. Yingling

J.D. Yingling, Ed.D.
Associate Professor/Aquatics Director
Phone: 501-279-4756 Fax: 501-279-4138
Academic Emphasis: Physical Education/Swimming


Lou Cook

Lou Cook
Kinesiology Secretary
Phone: 501-279-4304 Fax: 501-279-4138

Debbie HarrisonDebbie Harrison, B.S.
Kinesiology Secretary
Phone: 501-279-4759 Fax: 501-279-4138