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Valerie Wayda

Associate Professor

Associate Professor


Biographical Sketch

Prior to serving as department chair at WVU, Dr. Wayda was employed at the University of Virginia (1990-93) as the Coordinator of the Service Physical Education Program/faculty member in the sport psychology program; Ball State University (1993-2005) as the Coordinator of the Sport Psychology Program and the Coaching Minor, and the University of Central Arkansas (2005-2009) as Coordinator of the Physical Education Teacher Program. She is a life-time member of AAHPERD and ICHPERD-SD and has been a member of NAKHE since 2000. She has served in various leadership roles within Midwest District AHPERD, NASPE, NAKHE, and NCACE. 

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2009-Present
  • Member, National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, 2000-Present
  • Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1997-Present

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Sport Behavior with emphasis in Motor Development, Research & Sociology, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Physical Education with emphasis in Sport Behavior, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Physical Education, SUNY Cortland

Professional Highlights

  • National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education 2015 Distinguished Service Award
  • Fellow of the North America by the North American Society (NAS) of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals.
  • Vice-President for National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (2011-2012)

Research Interests

  • Research interests include professional dispositions and subjective warrants of pre-professionals entering athletic coaching and physical education teacher education.