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California Offers Career Opportunity

James Wyant, Physical Education Teaching Education Ph.D. graduate, has officially moved to California to begin his position as an assistant professor in the health, exercise and sports sciences department at University of Pacific in Stockton.

Wyant selected the College of Physical Activity and Sport Science’s doctoral program because of the unique opportunities and valuable experiences it offers to students.

PETE Program Helps Grad to Excel

Justin Isberg, a 2013 graduate of the Physical Education Teacher Education program, will begin teaching full time at one of North Carolina’s top performing middle schools this month. Isberg interviewed with a variety of schools for physical education/health teacher positions and learned that thanks to the WVU PETE program, he stood out from the other candidates in many ways.

The WVU PETE program focuses on developing students into physical educators and has established itself as a national leader in physical education teacher training. The program has a unique approach to teaching skill analysis and by enabling students to gain hands-on experience; most graduates are generally employed as elementary or secondary health and/or physical education teachers and athletic coaches.

Flett Earns Grant Award

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Dr. Ryan Flett, assistant professor, Athletic Coaching Education, was recently awarded a grant from The Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The AASP grant will provide funding for a pilot study examining the perspectives of school decision makers in Monongalia County, such as athletic directors and higher-administration, regarding the role that student-athletes can have in reducing bullying and facilitating a positive school environment. 

Flett focused on positive youth development (PYD) through sport in underserved settings during his doctorate and hopes this study will be an effective pilot for an exciting line of research. Since beginning his work in the department of Coaching and Teaching Studies, his focus has shifted from youth development in underserved settings to PYD in the school setting.