Tammy Wynard

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



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A creative public health and education advocate with experience in the areas of teaching, leadership, curriculum mapping, sexual health education, and trauma informed practices. Tammy’s research agenda focuses on the professional preparation of knowledge and skills related to trauma informed practices with those planning on working in the education, human service, and health disciplines, or those that are already employed. 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 earned 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 to higher education where she began preparing the next cadre of health and education professionals, while continuing to consult with community leaders on how to create positive change so children and families can thrive.

Since 2004, Tammy has taught face to face and online, and began as a full-time faculty member at North Central College in 2011. 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. Her role as Department Chair of Health Sciences overseeing Sport Management, Health Sciences, and Nutrition & Wellness, and her position as Interim Director of Graduate Leadership Programs began in the summer of 2020. 

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 

Graduate Leadership Programs (Higher Education, Organizational, Sports) - https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/graduate

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Selected Scholarship

Benes, S., Lorson, & Wynard. T. (2020, April). Strategies on becoming a trauma-informed health education classroom. Society of Health & Physical Educators (SHAPE) America, Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. (Conference canceled)

Wynard, T. (2020, March). Constructing evidence based teaching in higher education and professional development on adverse childhood experiences (aces) and trauma informed practices (tips): Influences from the literature and experience. Society for Public Health Education Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. (Conference canceled)

Wynard, T. (2019, March). Prioritizing adverse childhood experiences (aces) and trauma informed practice education in professional preparation programs: Identified gaps and essential action needed. Society for Public Health Education Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

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.

Courses Taught

MHTS/MEDU 501 Trauma and Its Effects on Health and Learning

MLS 562 Health Care Systems & Advocacy

HTSC 230 Community Health

HTSC 220 School Health & Methods of Physical Activity

BIOL GSST 300 Human Sexuality

IDS 125 Health & Media

KIN 121 Wellness