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IMAGE: image: Jennifer Gorecki

Dr. Jennifer Gorecki

Assistant Professor 261E MACC Annex

Area: TLC - PEP

Physical Education
vita [pdf]

Jennifer J. Gorecki is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education and her Masters Degree in Education.  After a career as an NCAA Division II and III volleyball and softball head coach and instructor, Jennifer went on to earn her Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina in 2000.  She is currently Co-Chair for the Dance Division on the Board of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD). Jennifer has served as the advisor to the Midwest-AAHPERD's Council of Future Professionals and received the Midwest AAHPERD Presidential Citation for her work. Her current interests include dance, outdoor pursuits, and a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching children that is inclusive of movement and fitness.She currently teaches elementary physical education methods, outdoor pursuits, fundamental movement-gymnastics-dance, motor skill analysis, lifespan motor development, and supervises student teachers. 

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Dr. Insook Kim

Assistant Professor 261C Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP

Dr. Insook Kim received both her bachelor and master degrees in physical education at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She worked as a physical education teacher in public middle schools for nine years in South Korea. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education. Dr. Kim has received 6 competitive scholarships during her graduate program and three awards including ‘excellent teacher award’, ‘excellent research teacher award’, and ‘outstanding graduate student award’ in her career. 

Before joining this program, Dr. Kim worked as an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University for 2011-2012. In the fall of 2012, she started working as an assistant professor in our Physical Education program where she teaches classes in elementary content, development and anlaysis of net games, teaching in physcial education, curriculum development in sport pedagogy, and contemporary issues in sport pedagogy. 

Dr. Kim's research focuses on the relationship between content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Dr. Kim interest is to improve teachers’ high quality instruction by strengthening their content knowledge for teaching and in turn influencing student learning. Four papers has been already published and two papers have recently accepted to publish in the top tier journals. One paper is currently in review and several papers are in progress. Dr. Kim has presented more than 20 papers at the state, national, and international conferences. Currently, she serves as a reviewer or committe member at the state, nationa, and interational levels.

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Dr. Stephen Mitchell

Professor 262A Memorial Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State since 1992, having done Doctoral work in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Physical Education and Education at Loughborough University, England. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters related to tactical games teaching, and with colleagues Judy Oslin and Linda Griffin wrote the book "Teaching Sport Concepts and Skills: A Tactical Games Approach," now into its third edition (previous editions having also been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Korean). Steve has been heavily involved with NCATE/CAEP accreditation for many years, having served as a program report reviewer and as the Program Report Coordinator for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and as a member of the Board of examiners for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Steve recently served a two year term as President of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Dr. Takahiro Sato

Associate Professor 261-A Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Takahiro Sato is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. He joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2010. He was a coordinator of Health and Physical Education program at Hampton University in Virginia (2007-2010). He recieved his BS from University of Mount Union, his MS from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his PhD from The Ohio State University. Takahiro's scholarly interests focus on physical education teachers' beliefs on teaching students with disabilities, diversity and social justice of students and teachers of color in physical education, and international students' experiences in higher education. He is a nationally certified Adapted Physical Educator and a Fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (SHAPE America) in 2014.   

IMAGE: image: Jennifer Walton-Fisette

Dr. Jennifer Walton-Fisette

Associate Professor 261B Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. She joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2008. She previously taught physical education and health in Rhode Island. She obtained her BS in physical education from Rhode Island College, MS in sport pedagogy from Ithaca College, and EdD in Physical Education Teacher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her teaching responsibilities include: Secondary Physical Education Content, Inquiry into Professional Practice, Development and Analysis of Game Performance, Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport, Analysis of Motor Skills, Curriculum Development and Forms of Inquiry. Her scholarship explores the critical examination of girls' lived experiences and embodied identities within physical education and physical activity through student voice; assessment and curriculum development. She is currently exploring how sociocultural issues are included and addressed in PETE programs locally, nationally and internationally.

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