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PhD, University of New Mexico

MS, Humboldt University

BA, Humboldt University


Jill Cordova, PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts in health, physical education and recreation as well as her Master of Science in education from Humboldt University and went on to earn her PhD in health and physical education from the University of New Mexico. She teaches Health and Wellness, History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education, Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription, Practicum, Independent Study, Inclusive Physical Activity, Internship, Adapted Physical Activity and various fitness courses.

She uses a variety of teaching methodologies in her courses with a strong emphasis on student engagement and field work. Her scholarly interests include a variety of wellness projects and activities for individuals with disabilities. She is actively involved each year with the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and encourages student involvement with this activity as well as with many others throughout the school year.

She has received the following notable awards: Department of Veterans Affairs Special Contribution Award (2006-2012), Distinguished Faculty award nomination for outstanding teaching, scholarship, advising and service (2009), Colorado Mesa University Outstanding Achievement in Service Award (2003).

Selected Publications

College students' attitudes toward physical education. CAHPERD Journal, Vol. 29, (1), Fall 2004, p. 7-9.

Changing attitudes toward people with disabilities. Paleastra, Vol. 18, (3), Spring 2002

Cool runnings. Paraplegia News. Vol. 54, (9), 2000 pp. 14-17.

Colorado rafters challenge river and limitations. Challenge. Summer 2000, p. 10.

Accessing the Grand Canyon on the Rio Colorado. Sports 'N Spokes. May 2000, pp. 46-48.

Susceptibility to acute mountain sickness in spinal cord injured and amputee populations. Proceedings International Hypoxia Symposium, 1999.