Dr. Kyle Ryan

Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Dr. Kyle Ryan

Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

School of Education
TJM 204


Office Hours:

Monday: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

**Active Advising Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM**

Courses Offered:

HPER 222 Structural Kinesiology
HPER 262 Nutrition and Health
HPER 360 Physiology of Exercise
HPER 382 Essentials of Public Health
HPER 415 Motor Learning
HPER 420 Mechanical Kinesiology
HPER 433 Applied Exercise Science




2004 – Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Science – minor in Statistical Research Methods (University of Northern Colorado)
2000 – M.S. in Kinesiology (Humboldt State University, CA)
1996 – B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Humboldt State University, CA)


Professor Kyle Ryan is lead faculty in the Kinesiology curriculum at Peru State College and maintains active certifications as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Sports Performance Coach (SPC) through USA Weightlifting (USAW), and CrossFit. Dr. Ryan is also creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity, & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative. This longitudinal service-learning study partners with the non-profit 501(c)(3) Peru State Foundation, AmeriCorps, ServeNebraska, and Nebraska City Public Schools to provide nutrition education and extra-curricular activities for elementary and middle school aged children in an effort to address pediatric rural obesity.

As of 2017, AmeriCorps/ServeNebraska, Youth Serve America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska, and the Rural Futures Institute have funded the CHANCE Initiative. These grants have served to further solidify the pre-existing partnerships between the campus and community. The CHANCE Initiative was recognized at the state and national level as the community service project of the year in both 2013 and 2014 by the entity Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest business student organization in the world.

Since arriving at Peru State College in 2009, Dr. Ryan has been named a Fellow in the Rural Futures Institute’s inaugural class, a Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, and an E-Learning Innovator in Education from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has further been the recipient of the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship from Nebraska Campus Compact, the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award from Peru State College, the Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award from Nebraska Campus Compact, the Youth Development Award from the Auburn, NE Chamber of Commerce, and the Professional Health Educator Award from the Nebraska Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Dr. Ryan currently serves on the Nebraska State Advisory Committee for the NSCA, the Board of Directors for the Richard P. Kimmel & Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, is active in Nebraska City Rotary, and is the Director of the Peru State College Honors Program. He holds a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor is Statistical Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Humboldt State University.

The Chance Initiative  Serve Nebraska - Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission - Americorps Nebraska