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Meet the Chair: JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner

JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner
After coaching and training for nearly 30 years, I have the pleasure of seeing my work come full circle ― from competing in multiple collegiate sports as an undergraduate myself, to coaching collegiate athletes, to helping students learn to apply the science of health and human performance in their future careers.

My fellow HHP faculty members and I have traveled and studied extensively throughout the world, and that has enabled our programs to look at global health issues and apply them to our content areas. As our region and nation become more diverse ― and the world becomes more accessible ― we as researchers must take what we learn and use this knowledge to engage our workplaces, communities, and world. This responsibility is an important aspect of our teaching, and it is unique among similar departments at other universities.

At Seattle Pacific University, our HHP students do extensive undergraduate research projects, but it’s never research for research’s sake. We want you not only to ask questions and think creatively and also apply what you’ve learned in an internship, in practicums, in the annual Health and Human Performance Colloquium, and finally, in your career.

Students have always been enormously responsive to applying what they've learned outward, and seeing them do that has been one of my most cherished rewards as the chair of the Health and Human Performance Department.

Whether you major or minor in Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Education, or Coaching Science, we welcome you to our department, and look forward to supporting you as you pursue your academic and career goals.

JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner
Chair and Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner

About the HHP Chair

JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner holds a master’s degree in Health Sciences from Whitworth University, a second master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a teaching certificate, and a doctorate from Gonzaga University.

She is fluent in Spanish, and her research interests includes health literacy, specifically with non-English-speaking immigrant populations. As chair of the Health and Human Performance Department, Dr. Atwell-Scrivner oversees undergraduate research, and teaches courses such as “Community Health Promotion” and “Motor Learning and Development.” 

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