Kara Witzke

Assistant Dean

Office: 541-322-2063

Tykeson Hall

Tykeson Hall 302G

1500 SW Chandler Avenue

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97702
Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science, Oregon State University
M.S. in Human Performance, California State University Fullerton
B.S. Physical Education, Biola University
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Kara Witzke is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and is the program lead for the kinesiology program. Dr. Witzke received her Master of Science in Human Performance from California State University Fullerton and her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University. 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 California State University San Marcos where she served as Professor and Department Chair of Kinesiology. She has taught across the Kinesiology curriculum but specializes in exercise physiology related to chronic disease, research methods and statistics, and resistance training.

Dr. Witzke’s current research interest is in the use of high-intensity exercise to improve fitness and cardiovascular response. Her previous research was in the use of bone-loading exercise to prevent bone loss in young women and the causes of bone loss in type 2 diabetes. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Diabetes Care, 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 is also a fellow of and author for the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Witzke’s passion for students, student 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.