Kara Witzke is the program lead and instructor for the kinesiology program. Dr. Witzke received her Master of Science in Human Performance from California State University Fullerton in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University in 1997. She has held adjunct appointments at the University of Guam, College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University, and tenured positions at Norfolk State University and most recently, California State University San Marcos where she served as Department Chair of Kinesiology for seven years. She has taught across the Exercise Science curriculum but specializes in exercise physiology related to chronic disease, research methods and statistics, and wellness classes.
Dr. Witzke’s research relates to the use of exercise to manage chronic disease, specifically the use of bone-loading routines to help improve bone health in persons with osteoporosis and diabetes, and soon, cancer. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Diabetes Care, and the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism, among others. Dr. Witzke enjoys translating her research into practice through book chapters written for the American Council on Exercise and through abstract presentations at local and national meetings. She remains actively involved with the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Witzke’s passion for students, students learning, and the community is evidenced by her previous development of academic programs responsive to the needs of the community in Kinesiology and Public Health, and in the development of service and internship opportunities for students that allow them to translate their education to the real world.