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Melissa B. Kolar

Assistant Professor for Kinesiology
Academic Background
BS in Exercise Science from Marquette University
MS in Exercise Science- Motor Control and Rehabilitation from University of South Carolina
PhD in Exercise Science- Rehabilitation Sciences from University of South Carolina
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5524
Melissa B. Kolar

What classes do you teach at AU?

Motor Development and Learning, Measurement and Evaluation, Applied Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Physiology

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

AU's atmosphere and class sizes make it possible to get to know our students. I feel that classes can be more engaging and can better prepare students for their professional life.


Dance, yoga, traveling, spending time at the family cottage, spoiling my nieces and nephew.

People might be interested to know I...

I spent 3 years as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise/nuclear stress testing.

Places you've lived

I was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

The students here are amazing! I am having so much fun in my interactions within the classroom and around campus.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

There are a vast number of career options and areas of focus within Kinesiology. You need to be open to them while in the classroom as well as when choosing your future profession.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Classes are more than just memorizing definitions and information. I want my students to apply the knowledge, be curious, and think beyond the boundaries of the textbooks.


Schaefer SY, Saba A, Baird J, Kolar MB, Duff K, Stewart JC. (2018). Within-session practice effects in the Jebsen Hand Function Test (JHFT). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), 7206345010p1-7206345010p5.

Butts R, Kolar MB, Newman-Norlund RD. (2014). Enhanced motor skill acquisition in the non-dominant upper extremity using intermittent theta burst stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8:41.