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Kinesiology Faculty

Kinesiology Department

Sheri L. Beeler

Sheri L. Beeler

Interim Department Chair, Professor, 1995

Dr. Sheri Beeler began her teaching career at MSSU in 1995.  Prior to teaching at MSSU, she was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Central Missouri, an adjunct instructor for Drury University, and a public school teacher and coach in Oklahoma and Missouri for 13 years.

Dr. Beeler has served on numerous University and Department Committees, Councils and Advisory Boards.  She has served on Administrative Council, Academic Policies, as well as Interim Head for Department of Kinesiology.  Dr. Beeler is a member of SHAPE America, MOAHPERD, Phi Delta Kappa and the American Red Cross.

Courses:  History and Philosophy of Physical Education, Lifetime Activities I, Lifetime Activities II, Dance and Recreational Pursuits, Physical Education for the Elementary School, Theory and Technique of Secondary Physical Education, School Health Methods, Application in Physical Education, University Supervisor for Student Teaching


Doctorate (Ed.D.), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2002

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.), University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1982

 Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Missouri, 1980                   

Dr. Beeler's office is located in Young Gym 215

 Phone: 417-625-9544


 Jean M. Hobbs

This is a picture of Jean Hobbs, department chair.

Professor, 1991

Dr. Hobbs began her teaching career at MSSU in 1998. She was the Department Chair of the Kinesiology Department from 2012 2016 

Courses:  Introduction of Physical Activity, Lifetime Wellness, Wellness for the Health Professional, Fitness Programming and Assessment, Aging and Health, Physiology of Exercise, and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory.


B.S. Ed., Missouri Southern State University, Physical Education, Biology, 1982

M.S. Ed., Baylor University, Physical Education, 1984

Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Exercise Science, 2001

Dr. Hobbs' office is located in Young Gym 218

Phone: 417-625-9745

 Maria Bruggeman

Maria Bruggeman

Assistant Professor, 2010

Maria Bruggeman came to Missouri Southern in 2010. Prior to that she worked at Northern Arizona University as Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator from 2006 - 2009.  She was the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of North Dakota from 1998 - 2006, receiving the Volleyball Coach of the Year honor in 2002.  In addition, she was the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for 2 years at UND.

Mrs. Bruggeman is the Kinesiology Club Sponsor as well as a Board Member of the Joplin Youth Basketball Association.  She has served on the Missouri Southern Faculty Senate, Gender-Equality Committee, and the Teaching & Learning Committee.   Currently, Mrs. Bruggeman serves on the General Education Oversight Committee and the Teacher Education Program Impact Committee.

Mrs. Bruggeman is married to Jared Bruggeman and has three children, a son Micah and two daughters Logan and Reece.

Courses: Lifetime Wellness, Physical Education for Elementary School, Administration for Health Promotion, Psych Aspects for Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education

Degrees:  Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude, Elementary Education/Physical Education, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Mrs. Bruggeman's office in located in Young Gym 216


C. Martin Conklin

Marty Conklin

Associate Professor, 1988

Marty Conklin came to Missouri Southern in 1988.  He served as the Athletic Trainer for the MSSU Athletic Department for 13 years.  Before MSSU, Marty was the Department Chair of Health/P.E.  and Health Educator at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, OK from 1983-1988.  Marty's wife, Terri, is a lifelong educator having taught 3rd grade for over 20 years.

Marty has served on the Faculty Welfare Committee, Insurance Committee, and Shared Sick Leave Committee.

Courses Taught: Wellness for the Health Professional, Honors Wellness, Orientation in Health Promotion, Biomechanics, Practicum in Health Promotion, Internship in Health Promotion


AA from Northwestern Oklahoma A&M Junior College, Miami, OK

BSE from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

M.A. from University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Marty's office is located in Young Gym 222


Brenda Hayes

Brenda Hayes

Administrative Assistant Kinesiology


Andrea Cullers 

Andrea Hacker

Assistant Professor, 2013

Dr. Andrea Cullers came to Missouri Southern in August of 2013.  Prior to MSSU, she was a Doctoral Research Assistant at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, CA.  She was also at the University of California, San Francisco as a Research Dietitian.

Courses: Aging and Health, Tests & Measurements Physical Education, Nutrition for Human Development, Physiology of Exercise, Physiology of Exercise Laboratory


Bachelor of Human Environmental Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Arkansas, May 1999, Cum Laude.

Masters of Science, Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center, December 2001.  Thesis: Infant Growth Patterns in Kenya

PhD Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis. March 2013.  Designated Emphasis: Program in International and Community Nutrition.

Dr. Cullers' office is located in Young Gym 214


Maryann Mitts

Maryann Mitts

Assistant Professor 2013

Maryann Mitts began teaching in the Missouri Southern Kinesiology Department in 2013.  Prior to that, she was the Head Women's Basketball Coach for the MSSU Athletic Department.  During this time, she also taught adjunct classes for the Kinesiology Department.  From 1995 to 2001, Maryann was the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO.  She is currently working on her Doctorate through the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts, Pastoral Theology from Loyola Institute of Ministry, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Maryann has served on numerous committees including,  Academic Admission Review Committee, Gender Equity Committee, MSSU Employee Policies and Procedure Handbook Subcommittee, Faculty Advisor for the Catholic Campus Ministry, Parish Council - Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

Courses:  Lifetime Wellness, Lifetime Activities I and II, Motor Learning, Exercise Interventions, Social Aspects of Sport and Physical Education, Psychological Aspects of Sport and Physical Education.


Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, 1992

Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration - Emphasis in Athletic Administration, University of Missouri - Kansas City, MO., 1995

Master of Arts, Pastoral Theology, Loyola Institute of Ministry, New Orleans, LA, Completion Date May 2017

Coach Mitts' Office is located in Young Gym 219


Patricia Vavra

Patty Vavra

Assistant Professor, 1994

Coach Vavra came to Missouri Southern in 1994 as the Head Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Coach and Instructor for the Kinesiology Department.  She was the co-director of the Children's Lifetime Sport's Academy from 1996 - 2016

Coach Vavra has had an illustrious career at MSSU. She has led Southern to seven MIAA Cross Country Championships as well as numerous indoor and outdoor titles.  Coach Vavra coached the Lions to a rare MIAA Triple Crown.  She has earned nine MIAA Coach of the Year awards, five in cross country (four in a row) and two each in indoor and outdoor track and field.  Coach Vavra earned the prestigious USTFCCCA Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

Courses:  Fitness Walking, Lifetime Wellness, Theory and Technique of Elementary Physical Education I and II, Physical Education for the Elementary School, and MSSU Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum.  

Degrees:  B.S. Ed.  Missouri Southern State University, 1980, Physical Education and Health

M.S. Ed. Pittsburg State University, 1983, Physical Education

Coach Vavra's office is located in Young Gym 218



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