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Dr. Kayla Peak


9th Season


  • B.S. Tarleton State University, 1988
  • M.Ed. Tarleton State University, 1990
  • Ed.D. Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1995


Dr. Kayla Peak with her son, Paul David.

Dr. Kayla Peak joined the ranks of the Tarleton Kinesiology Department in 2006 and became the Director of the Graduate Program in August 2008 and Department Chair in 2013. Dr. Peak’s schedule includes instruction in undergraduate and graduate-level courses as well as working with the adapted physical education program. A double alumna of Tarleton State, Dr. Peak earned her doctoral degree in College Teaching of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

In the past six years, Dr. Peak’s students have gained recognition for research in kinesiology. Five student have received awards for research projects presented at the Texas A&M University System Research Symposiums.

Dr. Peak has been honored with an extensive list of awards since returning to Tarleton including University Physical Educator of the Year (TAHPERD, 2012), the Arthur Excellence in Teaching Award (Tarleton State University, 2011), the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award (Tarleton State University College of Education, 2011), and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the the Texas A&M University System (2011, 2010, 2009).

Prior to coming to Tarleton in 2006, Dr. Peak worked as Director of Campus Recreation for Texas A&M University-Commerce from 1997 to 2006. An avid supporter of athletics, she served as an Assistant Athletic Director for the NCAA Division II Lion Athletic Department at TAMU-C from 1993-1996. Among her most notable honors at TAMU-C was her involvement as a project manager in facility design for the Jerry D. Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, and the Cain Sports Complex. The work on the Sam Rayburn Student Center was recognized in 2011 by the American Council of Unions International (ACUI) for Outstanding Facility Design.

Dr. Peak and her husband, Paul, have one son, Paul-David. The couple lives in Stephenville and they have been married since 1993. Dr. Peak enjoys meeting new people as well as traveling to conferences to present on new concepts in Kinesiology and leadership.

In 2013, the Peak family began a quest to summit the highest mountain peaks in each of the 50 states.  To date, the Peak’s have hiked to the summits of Cheaha Mountain (AL), Sassafras Mountain (SC), Brasstown Bald (GA), and Guadalupe Peak (TX).  In the tradition of other peak-baggers, planning each trek along with the crazy encounters experienced along the trail make this a worthwhile family adventure.   4 down, and 46 more to go!

Quick Facts


Dr. Kayla Peak


Classes Taught

  • Fitness Walking (KINE 1220)
  • Internship (KINE 4682)
  • Research in Kinesiology (KINE 5303)
  • Leadership & Professional Development in Kinesiology (KINE 5317)
  • Seminar: Issues & Trends in Kinesiology & Sport (KINE 5385)
  • Seminar: Sport Management (KINE 5385)
  • Internship (KINE 5399)

Quotes to Live By

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

- Maya Angelou

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

- Zig Ziglar

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why is Kinesiology Important?

Kinesiology is holistic; it’s all encompassing. It is the most magnificently diverse field in academia.