Experts on "Sports and Fitness"

Kristianna Altamirano

  • Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

Kristianna Altamirano’s research is currently focused on assessing physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviors among faculty members at Biola University. Future studies will evaluate demographic, behavioral, and psychological motivating factors that have influenced the amount of reported PA. Additionally she plans to investigate staff PA, and PA across universities from various geographic locations in the United States. Other research interests include evaluating the impact of core temperature fluctuation on muscular performance. She is planning follow up studies to her thesis The Effect of Warm-Up on Peak Torque, Rate of Torque Development, and Electromyographic and Mechanomyographic Signals.

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Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Secondary Education

Dennis Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California.

Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Secondary Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators.

Over the past ten years, Eastman has travelled extensively internationally with the goal of working alongside administrators and faculty in local schools to create inclusive, active, and effective learning strategies for all students.

Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation, program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners and preparing teachers in international settings. 

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Don Galbadage

  • Associate Professor of Public Health

Don Galbadage’s teaching focuses on the disciplines of public health, medical sciences and applied health sciences. His areas of expertises are in epidemiology, biostatistics, disease control, preventative medicine, human physiology, pathology, microbiology, molecular biology and wellness promotion. Galbadage’s goal in teaching is that at the end of a course, students will be able to accomplish five broad objectives: 1) Define important concepts pertinent to the discipline, 2) identify the creative work of God in science and health, 3) solve theoretical problem using definitions they learned, 4) critique the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies used and 5) combine these methodologies to address any research hypothesis.

To accomplish his teaching goals and enhance students’ learning experience, Galbadage uses several different strategies. His teaching strategies promote a student-centered learning environment based on four learning principles: core-competencies, personalization, student-ownership and versatility. Galbadage encourages active student learning by giving his students ownership of their learning experience. This increases student engagement and helps foster a successful education. Education attained through meaningful learning is an invaluable foundation needed for students to build better lives and better careers. His mission as a teacher is to guide students through the process of meaningful learning and empower them to be independent lifelong learners.

Outstanding professors are not only effective teachers and researchers but also excellent mentors. Inspired by many exceptional professors Galbadage has benefited from, he makes himself available as a mentor for any students who want to discuss their research, career plans, educational goals, or professional applications. His goal in mentoring students is to invest in their lives, be an example of Christ-centered living, and see them succeed in life.

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor and Chair of Theology

Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.

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