Sharon Jalene

Sharon Jalene, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs / Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
BHS 528
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Sharon Jalene joined the Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences in 2013 as an instructor. After completing both master’s and doctoral degrees at UNLV, Jalene was hired as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence and appointed as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs for the School of Integrated Health Sciences.

Since 2013, Jalene has received six teaching and service awards including the 2019 UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award.  She was the recipient of three grants from the Office of Faculty, Policy, & Research and one from the Department of General Education at UNLV for course development.  She serves as a UNLV Teaching Faculty Fellow representing her school, is an advisor for student organizations, and directs a campus-wide service project, Fitness4Finals, twice yearly.

Jalene’s research examines the increasing incidence of college student depression, intervention preferences, and the bidirectional relationship between depression and cardiorespiratory fitness. She also assesses the impact of transparent course design on learning outcomes of first generation students.

Teaching Expertise and Interests

Large courses, online and hybrid/blended instruction, creative solutions to meaningfully engage today’s students in course materials