Tammy Wynard

Assistant Professor of Health Science; Chairperson, of the Department of Kinesiology



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Having had a vast array of experience in areas such as leadership, curriculum mapping, sexuality education, and child development has provided Tammy with an opportunity to consult with other education and community leaders making a positive impact on children, families, and communities. Her research agenda focuses on the professional preparation of knowledge and skills related to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Practices with those planning on working in the education and health fields, or those that are already employed there. She is the Director for the Trauma Informed Educational Practices for Children and Adolescents Certificate Program designed to create change agents in the community and schools related to trauma.

Tammy has an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in School and College Health Education from Indiana University.  She has enjoyed a diverse work experience as a Health Educator in both Public Health and School Health having worked for a large health department, in a hospital setting, and as middle and high school health education teacher. These hands-on, real world experiences lead Tammy right to where she wanted to be over the last fifteen years which is in higher education preparing the next cadre of health and education professionals.

In 2011, Tammy began as a full-time faculty at North Central College after previous experience as a part-time instructor at a variety of universities in the area. She has been an active member at state and national conferences and was a past co-editor of Healthlines, the Illinois School Health Association newsletter as well as two-time Honor Award recipient from ISHA. Tammy is constantly involved in advocating for 'best practices' in health education and promotion at the national level and served on the Professional Development Committee of the American School Health Association. Tammy was appointed as Department Chair of Kinesiology in the summer of 2016 overseeing the academic disciplines of Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Sport Management, and Health Science.

Please follow the links below for programs that Tammy teaches in or coordinates:

Health Science Major -  https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/program/health-science

Community Health Promotion Minor -  https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/program/community-health-promotion

Gender and Sexuality Minor - https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/program/gender-and-sexuality-studies

Trauma Informed Educational Practices Graduate Certificate - https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/program/trauma-informed-educational-practices-children-and-adolescents-certificate

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Selected Scholarship

Wynard, T. (2015, October).All about TED: Ideas worth connecting to your curriculum. Session presented at the annual meeting of the American School Health Association, Orlando, FL.

Wynard, T. (2014, October). Class readiness assessment: Motivating students to come prepared by flipping the lesson expectations. Session presented at the annual meeting of the American School Health Association, Portland, OR.

Wynard, T. (2014, April). New sexuality education requirements in Illinois: What it means for you and your students. Invited session presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois School Health Association, Lisle, IL.

Wynard, T. (2013, October). A buffet of teaching techniques for the higher education school health professional.  Session presented at the annual meeting of the American School Health Association, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Wynard, T. (2012, October). Inoculating your mental-emotional health unit with happiness.  Session presented at the annual meeting of the American School Health Association, San Antonio, TX.

Courses Taught

MLS 562 Health Care Systems & Advocacy

BIO 300/GWS 301 Human Sexuality

IDS 125 Health & Media

KIN 149 Wellness

KIN 230 Community Health

KIN 231 School Health & Methods of Physical Activity

KIN 331 Curriculum Development in Health Education

KIN 352 Advanced Concepts in Health

KIN 355 Teaching Sexuality Education