I have a strong passion for teaching and learning, which is supported through the mission of Texas State University! Currently, my research interests include working with pre- service educators in the areas of physical education, motor development and motor learning. Of particular interest, I have been working on developing programs for underserved populations that will increase cultural competence and serve as service learning for my students. Additionally, I am interested in research about how adults learn and teaching strategies that best fit the higher education population. I currently teach Motor Development (ESS 2320), Motor Learning (ESS 3329), Applied Assessment for Physical Education (ESS 3325).
Relevant Professional Works-
Miller, S., Shawver, S., & Ahrens, J. (2013). “Fitness, Conditioning & Outdoor Activities Camp-Summer Collaboration”. American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance National Convention. Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ahrens, J., Meaney, K., & Rainey, R. (2012). “Enhancing Pre-Service Educator’s Cultural Competence through Service Learning”. Physical Education Teacher Education- AAHPERD. Las Vegas, NV.
Ahrens, J., Meaney, K., Rainey, R., Cervantes, C., & An. A. (2012) “Transforming the
PETE Curriculum: A Social Cognitive Model”. American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance. Boston, MA.
Ahrens, J., & Pacer, D. (2011). “ College and Beyond: Being Informed While Taking the Next Step”. Texas Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance. Dallas, TX.
Ahrens, J., Miller, S., & Williams, J. (2011). “Establishing Needs for Exercise Programs for Bariatric Surgery Candidates". American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance. San Diego, CA.