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Dr. Tara Putnam

Tara Putnam
  • Assistant Professor
  • Kinesiology

Teaching Interests

Training, developing, and mentoring future physical education and adapted physical education pre-service teacher candidates. 


Course Taught: KINS 290, KINS 496, KINS 327, KINS 493, KINS 487


Faculty Advisor, SHAPE Club

Research and Creative Activities

Pre-service PETE teacher efficacy

PETE Program efficacy

Advocacy for quality PE and APE programs in the Nation

Building effective mentoring relationships between pre-service teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors


Ph.D., Exercise Science (Concentration: Adapted Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy), University of Utah, 2019

M.A., Kinesiology (Concentration: Adapted Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy) California State University Chico, 2009

B.A., Kinesiology (Concentration: Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)) California State University Chico, 2007


Certified Adapted Physical Education Specialist (CAPE)

Single- Subject Area (Physical Education) Teaching Credential, California 

Professional Memberships

Wisconsin Health and Physical Educations (WHPE)

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)