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Teaching Assistants

Meet our dedicated Teaching Assistants (TA). Kinesiology relies heavily on their TA staff. Being a TA allows talented students the chance to gain experience and develop new skills.

Download a TA application to be considered for a Teaching Assistant position.

Jasmine Bains

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate School: The University of Illinois at Chicago

Undergraduate Major: Psychology and Kinesiology

Classes Teaching/Duties this Semester: Teaching KIN 101 Concepts-Physical Fitness, KIN 104E Walking and Jogging

Interesting Fact: I can speak four languages — English was not my first language.

Jordan Becque


Bethany College, Master of Arts Teaching
B.S. Waynesburg University, Exercise Science

About Jordan
Jordan is an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her teaching duties include Introduction to Movement Science (KIN 201), Pharmacology for Sport and Allied Health Professionals (KIN 342), and Practicum in Exercise Science (KIN 355F). She also serves as the TA Supervisor and KIN 101 Coordinator for the department.

Besides teaching, Jordan continues to maintain an active lifestyle and has coached volleyball at every level since finishing her playing career while at Waynesburg University. She went on to complete her graduate coursework while coaching collegiate volleyball at Bethany College in West Virginia. She continues to coach volleyball at the high school and junior high level while running her own USA club volleyball program.

Kristiana Feeser


Ph.D. Southern Illinois University — Carbondale (in progress)
M.A. Southern Illinois University, Psychology, 2016
B.A. Western Kentucky University, Psychology, 2013
B.A. Western Kentucky University, Anthropology, 2013

About Kristiana
Kristiana is an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. Her courses include Behavioral Aspects of Exercise (KIN 318), Sport Psychology (KIN 345), Diversity in American Sport (KIN 210), and Sport Governance (KIN 345). Her research interests include sport and exercise psychology, specifically exercise motivation, social aspects of exercise adherence, and student athlete welfare.

Erik Graves

Hometown: Palatine, IL

Undergraduate Major: Exercise Science

Undergraduate Minor: Coaching

Graduate Major: Exercise Science

Classes Teaching/Duties this Semester: KIN 1058 Bowling, KIN 101 Concepts-Phys. Fitness, KIN 106A Basketball

Interesting Fact: I've made eye contact with two grizzly bears, each one on separate occasions.

Patrick McCowen

Hometown: Herrin, IL

Undergraduate Major: Exercise Science w/Pre-OT

Graduate Major: Exercise Science

Classes Teaching/Duties this Semester: KIN 101 Concepts-Physical Fitness, KIN 104D Strength Training, KIN 105B Bowling

Interesting Fact: I coach 7th and 8th grade football in Herrin.

April Martinez

Hometown: Metropolis, IL

Undergraduate and Graduate School: Southern Illinois University

Graduate Major: Sports Studies

Classes Teaching/Duties this Semester: Two sections of KIN 201 Introduction to Exercise Science

Interesting Fact: I have a Master's of Science Degree in Education, Recreation Administration and I am a Certified Personal Trainer.

Stephanie Palmer

Hometown: Marion, IL

Undergraduate University: Southeast Missouri State University

Undergraduate Major: Psychology & Exercise Science

Classes teaching this semester: KIN320 Lab
Research Assistant for Dr. Ambati

Interesting Fact: When I was young, my brother and I dug giant holes in the yard for fun.

Tatiana Zhuravleva

Hometown: Kazan, Russia

Undergraduate School: University of Indianapolis

Undergraduate Major: International Relations and PR, U-Indy, Health and Physical Education, Russia Graduate Major: Sport Studies with a focus on Sport Psychology

Classes Teaching/Duties this Semester: Two sections KIN 320 Labs Exercise Physiology, KIN 104 Walking & Jogging

Interesting Fact: I have been a member of the Russian National Team in Track and Field and Rugby.