Elmhurst's full-time kinesiology faculty members are dedicated teachers, each with a specific area of expertise. They're flanked by a group of great adjunct professors—practitioners in the field who bring the most current practices to campus.
Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.
Professor and Department Chair
M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
The author of several published articles on teaching and coaching, Professor Goehl has given numerous presentations related to best practices in teaching and coaching at local, state, national, and international conferences. He has received funding from several agencies to support his research and teaching interests. Professor Goehl's teaching focuses on sport skill development and health promotion, including lifetime sports, team sports, and lifestyles for health and wellness.
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Dietrich has an extensive background in responsibility-based health education and physical education curriculum planning for at-risk students. She has taught middle school, and has used her research to design products, trainings, workshops and websites for school districts and audiences for school and community programs developing health and physical activity-based after-school programming. She will teach Curriculum Design for Physical Education, Measurements and Evaluation for Physical Educatio, School Health, and Curriculum Design for Health Education.
Ph.D., University of Toledo
An exercise specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Hall focuses primarily on the scientific aspects of exercise. She has published a number of articles and book contributions on team-building techniques for the classroom and on reproductive physiology and immunology. Her most recent research examines the effects of Echinacea on the mucosal immune response and upper respiratory tract infections. She has given eight national presentations and numerous presentations at state and regional conferences. Among the courses she teaches are Human Physiology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology.
Raymond M. Kraus
Ph.D., East Carolina University
Dr. Kraus is an integrative exercise physiologist and earned his doctorate in bioenergetics. His past research endeavors vary considerably, but include topics such as obesity, aging, and insulin resistance (a condition which often precedes Type II Diabetes). These investigations have lead to numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at the national level. Additionally, Dr. Kraus has an ardent interest in exercise training strategies which maximize the performance of competitive endurance athletes, particularly runners. Besides his research experience Dr. Kraus has a clinical background as both a National Athletic Trainers’ Association Certified Athletic Trainer and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist®. Among the courses he teaches are Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Human Physiology, Functional Anatomy, and Biomechanics.
Bridget E. Lester
Ph.D., Ball State University
Dr. Lester has an educational background in both human bioenergetics and biology. She has conducted research studying the impact that exercise has on both human skeletal muscle and tendon adaptability. This research has been presented at the national level and published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she has experience teaching college level biology courses. Among the courses she teaches are exercise physiology and human physiology.
Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Savage has an extensive background in the methodology of teaching and has developed special laboratory sites at a number of area schools. His academic interests include research on Australian and American adolescents' health risk behaviors, best teaching practices for physical education teachers, and violence against emergency care providers. Several peer-reviewed articles related to his research in these areas have been published in national and international journals. Dr. Savage has received funding from several agencies in support of his research and teaching interests. He has made numerous presentations, including one to the First China-U.S.A. Conference on Best Teaching Practices in Beijing, China. Among the courses he teaches are Introduction to Physical Education Pedagogy and Physical Education for Special Populations.