Scott McNamara

Assistant Professor

Physical Education Pedagogy

(319) 273-6478

 

 

 

Vita

Dr. Scott McNamara is an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa who teaches physical education and adapted physical education (APE) courses. Dr. McNamara is originally from Detroit, Mich., and has experience as both an adapted physical educator and special educator. In addition, Dr. McNamara has developed the “What’s New in APE” podcast which provides insight into the profession through interviews with panels of APE professionals. The podcast provides easily accessible updates and best practices regarding the APE profession. Dr. McNamara recently received his Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, where he examined how to use podcasts to impact special education administrators’ understanding of APE. Dr. McNamara’s research interests include: improving awareness of the importance of APE, podcasting, educational leadership, and best practices for the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to APE.  

Areas of Expertise: 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Assistant Professor of Physical Education Pedagogy, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar
Falls, Iowa (August, 2018 – Present)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology, Texas Woman's University,
Denton, Texas (2015 - Present)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas (2016-2017)
Autism Instructor, OUCares, Rochester, Michigan (2013-2015)
Special Education Teacher, Warren Woods Public Schools, Warren, Michigan (2013-2015)
Chapter Founder and Executive Director, Camp Abilities Michigan, Detroit, Michigan (2013-2017)
Adapted Physical Education Teacher, MI-LEAPE Fellowship, Detroit, Michigan (2012-2013)

Courses Taught: 

Courses Taught as Teacher of Record at the University of Northern Iowa
Undergraduate
:
Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods (PEMES 4172)
Adapted Physical Education (PEMES 4152)
Research Experiences: Sports Psychology/Exercise Science (PEMES 3193)
Administration and Curriculum Development in Physical Education (PEMES 3176)
Practicum: Panther Gym Kids (PEMES 3140)
Teaching Physical Education with Technology (PEMES 2031)

Courses Taught as Teacher of Record at the University of Northern Iowa
Graduate:

Adapted Physical Education (PEMES 515
Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education (PEMES 6230)

Courses Taught as Teacher of Record at Tarrant County College
Undergraduate:

Introduction to Health and Wellness (KINE 1164)
Sports Officiating (KINE 1308)

Courses Taught as Teacher of Record at Texas Woman’s University
Undergraduate:

Disability Sports and Modified Games (KINS 2143)
Adapted Physical Education Practicum (KINS 2621)
Adapted Physical Activity (KINS 2623)
Disability Sport Internship (KINS 4801)
Motor and Physical Assessment of Individuals with Special Needs (KINS 4821)

Courses Assisted at Texas Woman’s University
Undergraduate:

Motor Learning and Development (KINS 4573)
Graduate:
Methods of Research (KINS 5023)
Professional Affiliation in Adapted Physical Education (KINS 5123)
Assessment in Adapted Physical Education (KINS 5853)
Statistical Inference (KINS 6043)
Courses Assisted at Wayne State University 
Undergraduate
:
Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods (KHS 6540)

Selected Publications: 

Referred Publications

1. McNamara, S., Bittner, M., & Healy, S. (in press). Online training for physicalactivity practitioners on evidence-based practices for clients with autism. Advances in Autism.
2. Adams, D., McNamara, S., Bittner M., Pawlowski J., & Hangauer, K. (in press). Structured play groups for children with autism spectrum disorder: A critical review. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals.
3. Bittner, M., Lavay, B., McNamara, S., & Abadjian, K. (in press). Using social media to promote adapted physical education services. California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
4. McNamara, S., & Shaw, M. (in press). Using educational podcasts in kinesiology college courses. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education. 
5. McNamara, S., Shaw, M., Wilson, K., & Cox, A. (in press). Educational podcasts within the field of kinesiology: A scoping review. Kinesiology Reviews. 
6. Hailbach, P., McNamara, S., & Lieberman, L. (in press). Home-based balance intervention for adults with visual impairments. British Journal of Visual Impairment.
7. Pan, C. & McNamara, S. (in press). An adapted physical education program’s impact on students with intellectual disabilities’ physical fitness. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
8. McNamara, S. & Haegele, J. (in press). Undergraduate students’ experiences with educational podcasts to learn about inclusive and integrated physical education. European Physical Education Review.
9. McNamara, S., Trujillo-Jenks, T., Dillon, S., Healy, S., & Becker, K. (in press) Special education administrators’ knowledge of adapted physical education services. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
10. McNamara, S., Pitchford, E., & Griffin, A. (in press). Position statement on adapted physical education for IAHPERD. IAHPERD Journal. 
11. Bittner, M., McNamara, S., Katz, H., & Silliman-French, L. (2020). School administrators’ opinions toward adapted physical education. Journal of Special Education Administration, 33(1), 36-44.
12. McNamara, S., Colombo-Dougovito, A., Weiner, B., & Ahrens, C. (2020). Adapted physical educators’ perspectives of educational research. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2020.1732858
13. McNamara, S. (2020). Universal design for learning in physical education. (Book Review). Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 37(2), 235-237. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2020-0016
14. McNamara, S., Wilson, K., & Petersen, A. (2020). Content acquisition podcasts’ impact on pre-service teachers’ understanding of language and disability. British Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12927
15. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., Becker, K., Healy, S., & Trujillo-Jenks, T. (2020). The impact of podcasts on special education administrators’ understanding of adapted physical education services. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2020.1731437
16. McNamara, S., & Dillon, S. (2020). Finding a home for adapted physical education in individualized education program software. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity. 13(4), 1-12. doi: 10.5507/euj.2019.015
17. McNamara, S., & Drew, C. (2019). Concept analysis of the theories used to develop educational podcasts. Educational Media International, 56(4), 300-312. https://doi.org/10.1080/09523987.2019.1681107 
18. McNamara, S., Healy, S., & Haegele, J. (2019). Use of social media for professional development by physical educators who teach students with disabilities. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2019.1699649
19. McNamara, S. (2019). Using podcasts to promote adapted physical education. PALESTRA, 33(4), 40-43.
20. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., & Fulton, N. (2019). Online learning for school administrators regarding physical education: A systematic review. Education Leadership Review, 20(1), 39-50. 
21. McNamara, S., Silliman-French, L., Morgan, V., & Stephens-Pisecco, T. (2019) Overcoming adapted physical education barriers through collaboration among special educators and administrators. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).
22. McNamara, S., Lieberman, L.J., Weiner, B., McMullen, B. (2019). Physical education and the individual education plan: A checklist for service providers and parents. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 32(5), 32-35. 
23. McNamara, S., Becker, K., Wiegel, W., Marcy, P., & Haegele, J. (2019). The influence of attentional focus instructions on motor performance among adolescents with severe visual impairment. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 126(6), 1145-1157.
24. Bittner, M., McNamara, S., Adams, D., Goudy, L., & Dillon, S. (2018). How to implement exercise as an evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. PALESTRA, 30(2), 15-19.
25. McNamara, S., Becker, K., & Silliman-French, L. (2017). Attentional focus during balancing for children with visual impairments. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 8(1804), 1-7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01804
26. Dillon, S., Adams, D., Goudy, L., Bittner, M., & McNamara, S. (2017). A systematic review: Exercise as an evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Public Health, 290(4), 1-8.
27. McNamara, S., & Brooks, C. (2016). Promoting physical education through podcasts. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 87(6), 50-52.

Submitted for Review
1. McNamara, S., & Shaw, M. (Minor Revisions). Using educational podcasts in kinesiology college courses. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher
Education.
2. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., Becker, K., Healy, S., & Trujillo-Jenks, T. (Minor Revisions). The impact of podcasts on special education administrators’ understanding of adapted physical education services. International Journal of
Disability, Development and Education.
3. McNamara, S., & Dillon, S. (Major Revisions). Mislabeled, misplaced, misunderstood: Finding a home for adapted physical education in IEP software. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity.
4. McNamara, S., Trujillo-Jenks, T., Dillon, S., Healy, S., & Becker, K. (Major Revisions) Special education administrators’ knowledge of adapted physical education services. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
5. Bittner, M., Lavay, B., McNamara, S., & Abadjian, K. (Major Revisions). Using social media to promote adapted physical education services. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
6. McNamara, S., Lieberman, L., Weiner, B., & Tymenson, G. (Initial Submission). Validation of a parent checklist: Advocating for adapted physical education services. Teaching Exceptional Children.
7. Becker, K. & McNamara, S. (Initial Submission). Attentional focus of blindfolded young adults.
8. McNamara, S., Bittner, M., & Healy, S. (Initial Submission). Feasibility of online training to enable fitness professionals to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities.
9. McNamara, S., Shaw, M., Wilson, K., & Cox, A. (Initial Submission). Educational podcasts within the field of kinesiology: A scoping review. Quest.
10. Hailbach, P., McNamara, S., & Lieberman, L. (Initial Submission). Home-based balance intervention for adults with visual impairments. Disability and Rehabilitation.
11. Townsley, M., McNamara, S., Waldron, J., Alborn-Yilek, S., Schares, D., Huckstadt, D., Gute, D. (Initial Submission). School administrators’ experiences in a six month health and wellness community of practice. Journal of School Health.

Chapters and Supplemental Readings
1. McNamara, S., 
(2020). Advocating for adapted physical education: An IEP checklist. The Advocate Newsletter.  
2. McNamara, S. & Pan, C. (2020). Adapted physical education in the special education process. In A. Singh, M. Viner & C.J. Yeh (Eds.) Special Education Design and Development Tools for School Rehabilitation Professionals (1st Ed), pp. 61-85. IGI Global.
3. McNamara, S., Lieberman, L., Tymeson, G., & Weiner, B. (2019). IEP meeting checklist for parents about physical education services. On Wrightslaw.com
4. McNamara, S. (2018). What’s new in adapted physical education: A podcast. NCPHAD Quarterly Digest: Educators Newsletter. 
5. Bittner, M., Goudy, L., & McNamara, S. (2017). Disability fact sheets. In SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook. Appleton, WI: SDSU Foundation.

Conference Presentations
1. McNamara, S. (October, 2020). Staying connected: Using podcasts for PETE and K-12 PE programs. Michigan Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Lansing, MI. [Status: Accepted] [Referred]
2. Colombo-Dougovito, A., Blagrave, J., Vanderbom, K., & McNamara, S. (April, 2020). We are in this together: Improving research outcomes by including key stakeholders. American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. [Status: Accepted] [Referred]. 
3. Grenier, M., Brian, A., Patey, M., & McNamara, S. (April, 2020). Inclusionary Practices:  What We Know, Want and Need. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Accepted] [Refereed] [Conference Cancelled] 
4. Dillon, S., McNamara, S., & Goudy, L. (November, 2019). Adapted physical education in the introductory special education course. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA. [Status: Accepted] [Referred].
5. Dillon, S., Goudy, L., & McNamara, S. (November, 2019). Innovative and interdisciplinary teacher education. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA. [Status: Accepted] [Referred].
6. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., Becker, K., Healy, S., & Trujillo-Jenks, T. (June, 2019). The impact of podcasts on special education administrators’ understanding of adapted physical education services. International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Charlottesville, VA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
7. McNamara, S., Lavay, B., & Verderber, J., (November, 2018). NAPEC: Where did we come from and where are we going?. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
8. Bittner, M., Lavay, B., Abajian, K., & McNamara, S. (November, 2018). Advocating for adapted physical education using social media. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
9. McNamara, S. & Dillon, S. (February, 2018). Special education administrators and adapted physical education: What you need to know. Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
10. McNamara, S., Lavay, B. & Silliman-French, F. (November, 2016). A live podcast discussing assessment in adapted physical education. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
11. McNamara, S. (November, 2016). Podcast: How and why to create one in physical education. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
12. McNamara, S., Hilgenbrinck, L., Dillon, S., Weiner, B., Sakai, J., Campbell, A., & Foederer, V. (September, 2016). A live podcast discussing behavioral strategies in adapted PE and delivery service options in adapted PE. North Texas Adapted Physical Education Conference, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
13. McNamara, S., & Silliman-French, L. (June, 2016). Multi-faceted framework for collaboration between special educators and adapted physical educators. Texas Council for Exceptional Children Summer Conference, Austin, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
14. Goudy, L., McNamara, S., Davis, R., & Dillon, S. (April, 2016). Putting disability sport into your general physical education program. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Minneapolis, MN. [Status: Presented]
[Referred].
15. Dillon, S., Jackson, R., Goudy, L., Dhillon, K. & McNamara, S. (October, 2015). Strategies for creating coalitions and partnerships for physical education policy changes: A team approach. PETE & HETE Conference, Atlanta, GA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
16. McNamara, S., Goudy, L., & Dillon, S. (March, 2015). Adapted physical education in the transition process. Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
17. Dillon, S., Goudy, L., & McNamara, S. (March, 2015). What is adapted physical education? Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
18. McNamara, S., Hope, E., Goudy, L., & Dazer, C. (March, 2015). Physical activity for students with visual impairments. Michigan Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Livonia, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
19. McNamara, S., Dazer, C., & Hope, E. (November, 2014). Physical activity for students with visual impairments: Camp Abilities Michigan. Michigan Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Grand
Rapids, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
20. McNamara, S. (May, 2014). Camp Abilities Michigan. Annual Conference of the Michigan Chapter Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Livonia, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
21. Dillon, S. R., Goudy, L., Hope, E., McNamara, S., Vettraino, J., Fusco, C., & Dazer, C. (November, 2013). Field days for special populations. Annual meeting of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Lansing, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
22. Dillon, S. R., Eplin, E., Fusco, C., Goudy, L., Hope, E., McNamara, S., & Vettraino, J. (March, 2013). Michigan Leadership and Education in Adapted Physical Education Project. 23rd Annual Southeast Michigan Workshop of
Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Warren, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
23. Fusco, C., Eplin, E., Goudy, L., Hope, E., McNamara, S., Vettraino, J. & Dillon, S. R. (November, 2012). Inclusive practices in physical education. Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Traverse City, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
24. Dillon, S. R., Vettraino, J., Eplin, E., Fusco, C., Goudy, L., Hope, E., & McNamara, S. (November, 2012). Michigan Leadership and Education in Adapted Physical Education Project. Michigan Association for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance, Traverse City, MI. [Status: Presented] [Referred].

Workshops

1. Colombo-Dougovito, A., Blagrave, J., Vanderbom, K., & McNamara, S. (June,2019). Community engaged research: Improving adapted physical activity outcomes using participatory action research. International Symposium onAdapted Physical Activity, Charlottesville, VA. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
2. McNamara, S. (February, 2019). Podcasting and doctoral programs in adapted physical education. Workshop for graduate adapted physical education students at the University of La Cross Wisconsin.
3. McNamara, S., Lytle, R., Foster, E., Brickhouse, L. (November, 2018). Panel Discussion: The state of adapted physical education. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]. *Moderator
4. McNamara, S. (October, 2018). Teaching and Learning Collaborative: Leisure and recreation for children with visual impairments. Workshop for employees at the School of the Blind Iowa. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]
5. McNamara, S. (August, 2018). Incorporating assistive technology into adapted physical education to achieve healthy outcomes. Center on Technology and Disability Webinar, Washington D.C.. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
6. McNamara, S. (March, 2018). Lifeguarding and CPR with people with disabilities. Texas Woman’s University Fitness and Recreation Department In-Service Training, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]
7. McNamara, S. (November, 2016). Differentiated instruction: How to make every student successful. Texas Woman’s University Pre-Service Teacher Professional Development Day, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]
8. Eplin, E., Fusco, C., Goudy, L., Hope, E., McNamara, S. & Dillon, S. R. (November, 2012). Inclusive secondary physical education activities. Wayne County RESA Physical Education Teachers Professional Development Day,
Livonia, MI. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]
9. Eplin, E., Fusco, C., Goudy, L., Hope, E., McNamara, S. & Dillon, S. R. (October, 2012). Movement Education for Early Childhood Service Providers. Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium Conference, Detroit, MI.
[Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]

Podium
1. McNamara, S
. & Haegele, J. (October, 2020). Undergraduate students’ experiences with educational podcasts to learn about inclusive and integrated physical education. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Ontario, Canada. [Status: Pending] [Refereed]
2. Wilson, K.*, McNamara, S. & Lieberman, L. (April, 2020). Syllabi analysis of undergraduate introduction to adapted physical education courses. INSPIRE, Cedar Falls, IA. [Status: Presented] [Refereed] 
3.Wilson, K.*, McNamara, S. & Lieberman, L. (April, 2020). Current state of adapted physical education introduction courses. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Presented] [Refereed] 
4. Colombo-Dougovito, A., McNamara, S., Weiner, B., & Ahrens, C. (April, 2020). Adapted physical educators’ views toward educational research. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Accepted] [Refereed] [Conference Cancelled]
5. Townsley, M., McNamara, S., Waldron, J., Alborn-Yilek, S., Schares, D., Huckstadt, D., Gute, D. (April, 2020). School administrators’ experiences in a six month health and wellness community of practice. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Presented] [Refereed] 
6. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., Becker, K., Healy, S., & Trujillo-Jenks, L. (June, 2019). The impact of podcasts on special education administrators’ understanding of adapted physical education services. International symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Charlottesville, VA. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
7. McNamara, S. (November, 2018). Keynote speech: Inclusion in the field of adapted physical education, where are we now. National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [Status: Presented] [Non-Refereed]. *Keynote Speaker 
8. Becker, K. & McNamara, S. (June, 2018). The presence of vision impacts attentional focus effects in continuous tasks. Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Denver, CO. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
9. McNamara, S., Becker, K. & Silliman-French, L.S.F. (June, 2017). Attentional focus effects in children with visual impairments. Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]

Poster

1. McNamara, S., Healy, S., & Bittner, M. (October, 2020). Online training for physical activity practitioners related to evidence-based practices for autism. North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Conference, Ontario, Canada. [Status: Pending] [Refereed]
2. Colombo-Dougovito, A., McNamara, S., Blagrave, J., Kupferstein, K. (May, 2020). A conversation on Twitter: Autistic adults perceptions of physical activity. International Society of Autism Research. Seattle, WA. [Status: Accepted] [Refereed] [Conference Cancelled]
3. McNamara, S, Bittner, M., & Healy, S. (April, 2020). The feasibility of online training to enable fitness professionals to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Presented] [Refereed] 
4. McNamara, S & Rizzo, T. (April, 2020). The development of the school administrators’ attitudes toward adapted physical education survey. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Pending] [Refereed] [Conference Cancelled]
5. McNamara, S., Weiner, B., Lieberman, L., McMullen, B. (April, 2020). Validation of an IEP Checklist: Advocating for Adapted Physical Education Services. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. [Status: Presented] [Refereed] 
6. McNamara, S., Shaw, M., Wilson, K., & Cox, A. (November, 2019). Educational podcasts within the field of kinesiology: A scoping review. University of Northern Iowa’s Education Summit. Cedar Falls, IA [Status:
Accepted] [Refereed]
7. Davis, T., Tymenson, G., & McNamara, S. (July, 2019). State of the union in adapted physical education certification. National Consortium for Physical Education for Children with Disabilities, Columbia, SC [Status:
Presented] [Refereed]
8. Pan, C., & McNamara, S. (June, 2019). The associations between sport psychological capital and physical self-concept toward athletes with physical disabilities. International symposium on Adapted Physical Activity,
Charlottesville, VA. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
9. McNamara, S., Becker, K., Weigel, W., Marcy, P., & Haegele J. (June, 2019). Attentional focus effects on balance for children with visual impairments. International symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Charlottesville, VA.
[Status: Presented] [Refereed]
10. Becker, K., McNamara, S., Marcy, P., Weigel, W., & Haegele J. (June, 2019). Attentional focus effects on goalball for children with visual impairments. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Baltimore, MD. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
11. Wilson, K., & McNamara, S. (April, 2019). The effectiveness of using a podcast to teach person-first language. Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Cedar Falls, IA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
12. McNamara, S., & Dillon, S. (January, 2019). Mislabeled, Misplaced, Misunderstood: Finding a Home for Adapted Physical Education in IEP Software. Council for Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL. [Status: Presented]
[Referred].
13. Fulton, N., McNamara, S., & Dillon, S. (April, 2018). Online learning for school administrators: A systematic review. Texas Woman’s University Research Symposium, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
14. McNamara, S., Healy, S., & Haegele, J.(March, 2018). Social media usage behaviors of adapted physical education specialists. Society of Health and Physical Educators Conference, Nashville, TN. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
15. Bittner, M., McNamara, S., Katz, H., & Silliman-French, L. (February, 2018). School administrators’ opinion survey towards adapted physical education. Council for Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
16. McNamara, S. & Dillon, S. R. (July, 2017). Using podcast to inform special education administrators on adapted physical education. National Consortium for Physical Education for Children with Disabilities, Washington D.C. [Status: Presented] [Refereed]
17. McNamara, S. & Becker, K. (June, 2017). The role of vision and attentional focus in performing a balancing task. Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
18. Adams, D., McNamara, S., Nichols, D., & Silliman-French, L. (April, 2017). Undergraduate student’s perceptions on the benefits of teaching styles. Texas Woman’s University Research Symposium, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
19. Goudy, L., Adams, D., Bittner, M., McNamara, S., & Dillon, S. (July, 2016). Establishing exercise as evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. National Consortium for Physical Education for Children with Disabilities, Washington D.C. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
20. McNamara, S., Bittner, M., Adams, D., Goudy, L., & Dillon, S. (June, 2016). Exercise recognized as an evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Texas Autism Research Conference, Austin, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
21. McNamara, S., Debner, G., & Davis, R. (April, 2016). Using fitness logs with people with cerebral palsy to increase at home physical activity. Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium, Denton, TX. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
22. McNamara, S., Goudy, L., & Dillon, S. (July, 2013). Community-based sport programming for youth with autism: Implementing evidence-based practices. National Consortium for Physical Education for Children with Disabilities, Washington D.C. [Status: Presented] [Referred].

Invited Presentations (Non-Referred)
1. McNamara, S., Marttinen, R., Rizzo, T., & Richards, K. (March, 2019). Physical education and adapted physical education: A collaboration. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
2. McNamara, S. (February, 2019). Technology and social media in physical education. Presentation for undergraduate and graduate adapted physical education students at the University of La Cross Wisconsin.
3. McNamara, S. (February, 2019). Implementing disability sport into a general physical education setting. Presentation for graduate adapted physical education students at the University of La Cross Wisconsin.
4. McNamara, S. (February, 2019). Teaching strategies for students with visual impairments. Presentation for undergraduate adapted physical education students at the University of La Cross Wisconsin.
5. McNamara, S., & Lieberman, L. (February, 2019). Camp abilities and sports camps for children with visual impairments. Online presentation for employees at the School of the Blind Iowa.
6. Lieberman, L., & McNamara, S. (January, 2019). Validated instruments to use when working with children with visual impairments. Online presentation for employees at the School of the Blind Iowa.
7. McNamara, S., & Lieberman, L. (December, 2018). Transition and physical activity for students with visual impairments. Online presentation for employees at the School of the Blind Iowa.
8. Lieberman, L., & McNamara, S. (November, 2018). Universal design and inclusive physical education for students with visual impairments. Online presentation for employees at the School of the Blind Iowa.
9. McNamara, S., Kelly, L., Davis, T., & Bader, T. (October, 2018). The Adapted Physical Education National Standards: How to use them. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
10. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., & Bader, T. (July, 2018). Adapted physical education endorsements: Why do we need them. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
11. McNamara, S. Rimmer, J., Martinez, A. (May, 2018). NCPHAD: Building healthy communities. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
12. McNamara, S., Lepore, M. (April, 2018). Adapted physical education practicum experiences around the nation. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
13. McNamara, S., Talbert, A., Campbell, A., & Foederer, R. (January, 2018). Region 10: An adapted physical education service center. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
14. McNamara, S. (January, 2018). The Dear Colleague Letter and other laws that pertain to adapted physical education. Presentation for undergraduate disability sports course, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.
15. McNamara, S., Arnhold, R., & Brickhouse, L. (November, 2017). Transition in physical education. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
16. McNamara, S. (November, 2017). Adapted physical activity taxonomy, how it works. Doctoral Seminar, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.
17. McNamara, S., Brickhouse, L., Dillon, S., Johnson, P., & Doyle, M. (August, 2017) Minnesota adapted physical education conference. Podcast interview on the Minnesota Development Adapted Physical Education website.
18. McNamara, S., Block, M., Healy, S., & Bittner, M. (May, 2017). Autism in physical education. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
19. McNamara, S & Davis, R. (March,, 2017). Teaching disability sport in general physical education. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education
20. McNamara, S., Tymenson, G., & Aiello, R. (August, 2016). Parent Advocacy. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education
21. McNamara, S., Lieberman, L., Haegele, J., Mescall, M., & Beaver, K. (June, 2016). Camp Abilities. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
22. McNamara, S., & Lee, J. (April, 2016). Americans with Disabilities Act. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
23. McNamara, S., Lavay, B., Weiner, B., & Viajar, R. (March, 2016). Podcast 12: Behavior management. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
24. McNamara, S., Foster, B., Lee, J., & Turner, P. (January, 2016). Non-profits in adapted physical activity. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
25. McNamara, S., Young, A., & Young, J. (January, 2016). Down syndrome in adapted physical education. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
26. McNamara, S., Geslak, D.A., & Bittner, M. (December, 2015). Podcast 108: Exercise connection for kids with Autism. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
27. McNamara, S., Haegele, J. (October, 2015). What’s new in APE: How to work with para-educators. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
28. McNamara, S., Mescall, M. (October, 2015). Podcast 105: Matt Mescall and staying active outside of school. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
29. McNamara, S., Gers, T. (October, 2015). Paralympic athlete: Tanner Gers discusses beep baseball. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
30. McNamara, S., & Weiner, B. (September, 2015). Interview with adapted physical education teacher of the year. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
31. McNamara, S., Hope, E. (August, 2015). Podcast 102: Adapted aquatics and early childhood. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.
32. McNamara, S., Dazer, C. (July, 2015). What’s new in adapted physical education. Podcast interview on What’s New in Adapted Physical Education.

Grants: 

Funded Grants

McNamara, S. (2020-2021). Ross A. Nielson Award, Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($1,500).
McNamara, S. (2020). Graduate College Summer Fellowship, Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($4,000).
McNamara, S. (2019). College of Education Faculty Summer Fellowship, Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($4,000)
McNamara, S., & Hurley, K. (2018). College of Education Technology Grant, Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($3,400)
Hurley, K., & McNamara, S. (2018). College of Education Technology Grant, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($2,500)
McNamara, S. (2018). Dean’s Faculty Support Strategic Endowment, Principal Investigator, University of Northern Iowa ($2,500)
McNamara, S., Dillon, S. (2017), Small Grants Program, Principal Investigator, Texas Woman’s University ($500)
Becker, K & McNamara, S. (2018), Research Funding, Austin’s Lions Club, Austin, Co-Principal Investigator ($500)
McNamara, S. (2018), University Conference Travel Grant, Texas Woman’s University, Principal Investigator ($350)
McNamara, S. (2017), University Conference Travel Grant, Texas Woman’s University, Principal Investigator ($150)
McNamara, S. (2016), University Conference Travel Grant, Texas Woman’s University, Principal Investigator ($50)
McNamara, S., Winkel, T., Burke, W., &Tunesi, L. (2015) Technology Grant, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, Principal Investigator ($2,000)
McNamara, S. (2013), Equipment Grant, Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Principal Investigator ($1000)

Grants in Progress
McNamara, S., Fit Families: Bringing physical activity interventions to both children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. 

Grants in Review
McNamara, S. An examination of physical educators’ perceptions towards educational research. Spencer Research Small Grant ($50,000).
McNamara, S. Examining the effectiveness of podcasts on school administrators’ knowledge of adapted physical education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education: Education and Innovation Research: Mid-Phase Grants ($91,605).

Non-Funded Grants
McNamara, S. & Dillon, S. (2018), SHAPE America Research Grant, SHAPE America ($2,200)

Academic Scholarships
RehabMart Scholarship, 2017 ($200)
Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, 2017 ($1,750)
Graduate Experiential Student Scholar Program, 2017 ($1,000)
Herb and Della French Scholarship Endowment, 2017-2018 ($167)
Elizabeth Anne Sugars Scholar, 2017-2018 ($134)
Holley Harvey Scholarship, 2016-2017 ($5,000)
Texas Woman’s University Graduate Student Scholarship, 2015-2018 ($7,500)
Ivalene & Robert Sherrill Award, 2016-2018 ($216)
Elizabeth Anne Sugars Scholar, 2016 ($192)
Joseph Taranto Education Scholarship, 2015 ($1,000)
MI-LEAPE Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2012-2013 ($30,000)
Board of Governors’ Grant, Wayne State University, 2010-2012 ($1,200)
Board of Governors’ Academic Grant, Wayne State University, 2009-2012 ($3,700)
Michigan Tuition Incentive Program, State of Michigan, 2009-2011 ($1,500)
Wayne State University Transfer Scholarship, Wayne State University, 2009-2011
($2,500)

 

Honors & Awards: 

Quality Matters Course Development Award, University of Northern Iowa, 2020
Mentored Graduate Student Who Won 4th place at the Annual Graduate Student Symposium, University of Northern Iowa, 2019
Kinesiology Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year, Kinesiology Department, Texas Woman’s University, 2018
Doctoral Student Award of Excellence (Nominated), Texas Woman’s University, 2018

Professional Affiliations: 

Editorial Activities 

Reviewer, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2020-Present
Reviewer, Special Edition of International Journal of Sport Communication entitled Sport and the Coronavirus Crisis, 2020 
Reviewer, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2020 - Present
Reviewer, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 2020 – Present
Reviewer, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2020 – Present
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Special Education Design and Development Tools for School Rehabilitation Professionals, 2020
Reviewer, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2019- Present
Reviewer, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2019- Present
Reviewer, International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 2018- Present
Reviewer, Strategies, 2018- Present
Reviewer, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2018- 2019
Reviewer, PALAESTRA, 2016- 2018

Service to the Profession

Reviewer for the Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant, SHAPE America National Conference, 2020-2021
Cedar Valley Inclusive Health Coalition, Member, 2020-Present
Abstract Reviewer, SHAPE America National Conference, 2020
Awards Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2019-2022
Membership Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2019-2022
Ad Hoc Website Development Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2018-2019
National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, Student Representative, 2016-2018
Kinesiology Department Graduate Student Committee on Salary Compensation, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, 2017-2018
Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) Test Question Reviewer, 2017
Mentor to First Year Teaching Assistants, 2017
Kinesiology Department Student Representative for Faculty Meetings, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, 2016-2017
Texas Council for Exceptional Children, Practitioner’s Committee Coordinator, 2016-2017
Camp Abilities Michigan, Chapter Founder and Executive Director, 2013- 2017
Athletes with Autism, Coach, 2012-2015
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) Coach, 2010-2012

 

Service to the University

Secondary Teacher Education Senate, Member, 2020-2023
Carlton-Mellichamp Lecture in Education Committee, 2019-2020
Commencement Marshal for College of Education Graduation Ceremony, 2019
12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Judge, 2019
Student Outcome Assessment Physical Education Committee, Member, 2019
Community Service Project Coordinator, Panther Play at the University of Northern
Iowa, 2018- Present

Professional Memberships
International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, 2019- Present, Member
Council for Exceptional Children, 2018-Present, Member
Society of Health and Physical Educators, 2013-Present, Member
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 2017-Present, Member
National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2013-Present, Member
California Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation Dance, 2016-2017, Member
Texas Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation Dance, 2015-2016, Member
Texas Council for Exceptional Children, 2015-2016, Member
Michigan Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2012-2015, Member
Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, 2011-2015, Member
Golden Key National Honor Society, Lifelong, Member

Certifications and Training
Summer 2020 Grant Writing Workshop, University of Northern Iowa, 2020
Practices for Instruction & Learning for Online Teaching Program, 2017
CPR & First Aid Certified, 2017
APENS, Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) Certified, 2013
Teacher of students requiring adapted physical education (S.P. Endorsement), 2013
Teaching Certificate: Elementary K-5 all subjects, 2012
Cognitive Impairment Endorsement, Certified to teach K-12, K-8 self-contained
classroom, 2012
Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate, 2012
Wayne State University Dean's List, 2010-2013

Education: 

Ph.D., Texas Women's University, Denton, TX, 2018. Field of Study: Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Education.

M.Ed., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2013. Field of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education Pedagogy.

B.S., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2012. Major: Education Concentration: Special Education