Caryn Putra, MSEd

Assistant Professor of Human Performance

Chair, Department of Human Performance

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Putra teaches courses focusing on teaching methods for physical education majors in the areas of team, individual and dual sports, adapted physical education and physical education clinical experiences. She also supervises physical education student teachers at Concordia University Chicago. Among her research interests are physical education in the school setting and pedagogy. 

Prior to serving Concordia, Professor Putra worked at North Park University as an assistant professor. She also taught high school level physical education, health, human anatomy, and biology. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2006.


  • MSEd, physical education. Chicago State University; Chicago.
  • BA, physical education and elementary education, Northeastern Illinois University; Chicago.

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • Received one of 12 travel grants from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education to participate in their first ever Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. She represented Illinois as a lead speaker for the group with Senator Burris’ office. During that time, she met legislators and their aides to discuss legislation and bills in Congress that impacted physical education, wellness and nutrition issues.


  • Prof. Putra and a colleague have just completed the revision of curriculum titled “Walk Across Illinois.” Walk Across Illinois is an integrated Physical Education curriculum that takes students on a “virtual” walking tour of our state. Within each lesson students will participate in physical education and fitness activities as well as learn historical facts about the state. The project is sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance so pedestrian, bicycle, railroad and traffic safety lessons are integrated into each physical education lesson plan. The curriculum is divided into segments, which allow teachers to select any or all of the segments with their classes. Lesson are structured to be used for grades 3 and up but could be adapted for younger students. The curriculum guide is available for free to all Illinois schools.