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About Toni Burkhalter

Toni has a passion for the sciences and education.  She currently holds two Master's degrees from
UIUC and is a tenured faculty member in the Natural Sciences at Parkland College teaching any class
that focuses on the effects of exercise or nutrition on the body.  She is always looking to improve
herself as well as her classroom experience for her students.  That was one of driving forces behind her
to return to UIUC to earn her PhD in the Nutritional Sciences. While working on her PhD at UIUC, she
will investigate the effects of prebiotics and probiotics on human behavioral as well as biological
measures of cognition and stress. Following her degree, she plans to remain in academia, but with a
solid foundation in several additional aspects related to the body’s response to nutrition and exercise.


Present Faculty Member, Parkland College ‐ Speakers Bureau
Present Associate Professor and Lecturer, Parkland College ‐ Natural Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

The effects of exercise and nutrition on human anatomy and physiology

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Blended Course Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Instructional Technology Council (2006)
  • Faculty fellow at UIUC Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (awarded 2007)
  • Parkland College’s Online Teaching Excellence Award Recipient (2011)
  • Central Illinois Business Magazine – Forty Under 40 Award Recipient (2014)
  • Parkland College’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipient (2016)


  • BIO 120: Nutrition
  • KIN 186: Human Movement
  • KIN 288: Exercise Physiology


May 2010 MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Exercise Physiology
August 1999 MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Animal Sciences
May 1997 BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Animal Sciences

Contact Information

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821


Teaching Works (1)

Speaker's Bureau (15)

Toni is available to speak on the following topics for your group or organization within the 505 district. For more information, see or call 217/373-3766.

Research Works (2)