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Donovan Nelson

Donovan Nelson

I am so blessed to be a part of the Evangel community. I anticipate serving the students, providing them knowledge and opportunities to realize their own potential.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." ~ Plato ~

Title: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Office: Ashcroft Center

Email Donovan Nelson

Professional Information:

Ed.D. - University of Arkansas - Recreation & Sport Management - Anticipated 2016
M.Ed. - Wichita State University - Sport Administration - 2003
B.A. - Graceland University - Health & Physical Education, Athletic Training - 1998

Job Responsibilities:

I teach courses in the Kinesiology Department including Sport Management and Physical Education

Org Memberships:

Missouri Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Courses Taught:

Evangel University
RESM 315 Recreation & Sport Event Management, RESM 324 Organization & Administration of Recreation & Sport, RESM 422 Risk Management in Recreation & Sport, RESM 354 Methods in Outdoor Education, RESM 497 Recreation & Sport Internship, REC 124 Introduction to Recreation, REC 231 Recreation in the Ozarks, REC 297 Sophomore Seminar in Recreation, REC 235 Technology in Recreation,
SPAD 100 Intro to Sport Admin, SPAD 200 Marketing Sport & Physical Activity, SPAD 222 Sport Facility & Tournament Mgmt, SPAD 300 Sport Administration Practicum, PHED 124 Outdoor Adventure Activities, PHED 238 Techniques of Individual Sports, PHED 324 Administration of P.E., Athletics & Recreation, PHED 328 Sociology of Sport & Physical Education,
PHED 333 Methods and Materials in Health Education, PHED 336 Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education,
PHED 339 Teaching Team Sports,

University of Arkansas
RECR 4003 Innovative Practices in Management

Wichita State University
KSS 380 Organization & Administration of Sport

Tabor College
PE 104-G Aerobic Activities, PE 117 Intermediate Swimming, PE 120 First Aid/Responding to Emergencies


Comfort, P. Greg, Stoldt, G. Clay, Nelson, Donovan (2003). The coach as an ethical leader. Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Journal. 74(2) 21-25

Comfort, P. Greg, Stoldt, G. Clay, Nelson, Donovan (2003). Improving team and player performance Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Journal. 74(2) 29-34

Started Work: August 2007

Favorite Thing About Work:

I enjoy knowing that I work with professionals who are committed to serving God while preparing young people to enter the field of physical education and sport studies.

Originally From: Eagleville, MO

Personal Information:

I am married to Glynis (Rainey) and we have four children, Brighton (9 years), Rigley (7 years), Adleigh (4 years) and Ephram (2 years). We moved to Springfield after living in Northwest Missouri where I was an assistant principal and athletic director at a local high school.
Prior to working at South Harrison High School I was a teacher and head volleyball and softball coach at Prairie Grove High School in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Glynis and I received our master's degrees from Wichita State University in 2003 and moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to pursue a doctoral degree in recreation. Glynis worked for the City of Fayetteville as a budget analyst.
We enjoy spending time with our kids and going to ball games.

Top 5 Strengths:

Evangel University
Cubs Baseball
WSU Shockers
Missouri High School Sports
Heart of America Athletics

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