Allison  Jackson
Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Kinesiology
2G31 CHS Building 2

Allison Jackson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions’ Department of Kinesiology and has been teaching for almost 25 years. Prior to teaching at Samford, she taught elementary and middle school physical education and coached high school softball. She is passionate about mentoring students in Health Professions to help them find their calling within their chosen profession. Her interests lie within the discipline of disabilities in the health professions as well as searching for innovative ways to involve all children in physical activity to fight the childhood obesity epidemic. She loves all things outdoors and is married to Mark Jackson. They have 2 sons, a freshman at the University of Alabama Huntsville and a senior at Heritage Christian Academy.  

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, sport pedagogy, University of Alabama
  • MEd, physical education, Auburn University at Montgomery
  • BSE, physical education, Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


  • Motor development and inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education, childhood obesity

Awards and Honors

  • Honor Award, Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Recreation Professional of the Year


  • Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, board of directors
  • Society for Health and Physical Educators of America, leadership council

Recent Presentations

  • Jackson, A. & Sinelnikov, O. (2015). Voices of Students with Disabilities and their Participation in a Season of Sport Education, SHAPE America National Convention, Seattle, WA.

  • Jackson, A. (2018). From the Classroom to Physical Education: Ways to Integrate the Curriculum in K-8 Physical Education. June 26, 2018, Alabama State Department of Education Physical Education Summer Workshop, 4H Center, Columbiana.

  • Jackson, A. Mock Interview Session for the Future Professional. (2015). Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Fall Conference.

Research Areas

  • Including Students with Disabilities in Physical Education