Derrick Mears, Ph.D., A.T.C.

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology and Physical Education Program

Office: Carver 104     


Derrick Mears



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  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Education-Biological Science Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri
  • Master of Science, Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science, with Athletic Training Emphasis, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology-Pedagogy,  Adapted Movement Science & Educational Technology cognates, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Research Interests  

  • The Integration of Common Core Standards into Health and Physical Education at K-12 Levels
  • The Influence of High School Physical Education Programs on Life-Time Physical Activity
  • The Impact of Instructional Technology on Improving Teacher Behavior.
  • The Validity and Reliability of Using Physical Activity Monitoring Devices, Mobile Technology, and “Exergames” in Measuring Physical Activity and Developing Physical Fitness and Psychomotor Skills


Derrick Mears Ph.D., A.T.C. is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and teaches secondary physical education methods and adapted physical education in the PK-12 Physical Education and Health Teacher Education Program. Before coming to Western he was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Missouri State University, a Lecturer at the University of Arkansas and spent 12 years in public schools in Missouri as a Physical Education, Science and Gifted Education teacher as well as new teacher mentor, Essential Elements of Instruction Trainer and Chair of the district wide Staff Development Committee for the North Kansas City School District.

He currently serves on the Professional Preparation and Research Steering Committee for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Editor for the Technology Tips Section of the Journal for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and is involved with multiple projects including authoring policy documents, development of assessment texts and other projects with AAHPERD. In addition he serves as the Higher Education representative for the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Board of Directors and works extensively with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction on State wide K-12 initiatives as part of the Health and Fitness Cadre and Teaching Standards Revision Committees.

Courses Taught  

PE 440-Middle School Physical Education Methods
PE 440p-Middle School Physical Education Practicum
PE 441-High School Physical Education Methods
PE 441p-High School Health and Physical Education Practicum
PE 443-Adapted Physical Education Methods and Practicum
KIN 422-Professional Issues in Health and Exercise Settings (WP)
KIN 315-Fitness Instruction and Leadership

Curriculum Vita

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