Peru State College
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Kyle Ryan

Contact Information:

Office: TJM 204

Office Phone: (402) 872-2263



Office Hours


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM*


11:00 AM - 12:00 noon

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM*


11:00 AM - 12:00 noon

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM*



* Active Advising: Students seeking assistance during ‘active advising' are expected to engage in some form of exercise (rugby, jogging, lifting, etc.) with Dr. Ryan during that time.


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)



Kyle Ryan, PhD, Associate Professor of Exercise Science and PHEAST coordinator at Peru State College is creator and co-director (along with Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan) 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, Auburn School District, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and Auburn Family Health Center to provide nutrition education and extra-curricular activities for elementary-aged children in an effort to address pediatric rural obesity.


The CHANCE Initiative has been funded by Youth Serve America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska, and the Rural Futures Institute to further solidify the pre-existing partnerships between the campus and community. Most recently, the CHANCE Initiative was recognized at the state and national level as the community service project of the year by the entity Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest business student organization in the world.


Dr. Ryan is lead faculty for the Sport and Exercise Science curriculum at Peru State College and was awarded the 2012 – 2013 Health Educator of the Year award for the state on Nebraska by the Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NAHPERD).


Dr. Ryan further serves on the advisory committee for Nebraska Campus Compact, an entity committed to providing meaningful experience for students to become active, engaged leaders in their communities, furthering the civic and public purpose of higher education and strengthening communities. He also serves on the advisory group for Partners N’ Health, a group tasked with formalizing stakeholder involvement, communication, and shared planning to develop, implement, and evaluate the Nebraska Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan.