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Kelly Schoonaert

Experience and Interests

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor/Director of Health and Wellness Management Master’s Degree Program (August 2005-present)
  • Director of Experiential Learning – The Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology at Ball State University (2000-2006)
  • Assistant Professor Ball State University (2003-2006)
  • Coordinator of Residential Life-The Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Humanities (1995-2000)

Research Interests

  • Motivational Interviewing/Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Metatheoretical Constructs in Decision Making


  • Certified Intrinsic Coach



  • Faculty Athletics Representative for N.C.A.A.
  • Advisor to the National Wellness Institute Student Group


  • Wausau Community Theater Board Member and Director

Presentations and Publications

Fun Facts

Best advice you ever received?

Attitude is everything.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

The first female Major League Baseball umpire

Favorite Quote?

Divine mind has always met every human need. – Mary Baker Eddy

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Credited to Albert Einstein

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

First Health Promotion major in the United States

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Seeing the evolution of self-esteem and self-identity in our students over the years that we see them.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Engage. You have to put yourself out there. IF you are not stepping outside your comfort zone to expand it (safely), you’re not doing something right.

Kelly Schoonaert
Academic Director - Health and Wellness Management Master's Degree
Associate Professor - Health Sciences and Wellness
College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
Faculty Athletics Representative

214 College of Professional Studies


Ed.D. in Education
Ball State University, 2003

M.S. in Athletic Administration
Eastern Kentucky University, 1987

B.A. in Public Relations and Sports Administration
Otterbein University, 1982


HPW 102 - The Healthy American
HPW 210 - Foundations of Health Promotion and Wellness: Principles and Philosophy
HPW 406 - Introduction to Motivational Interviewing/Health and Wellness Coaching