Scott McNamara

Assistant Professor

Physical Education Pedagogy

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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 5152)

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., & Drew, C. (in press). Concept analysis of the theories used to
develop educational podcasts. Educational Media International.
2. McNamara, S., Dillon, S., & Fulton, N. (in press). Online learning for school
administrators regarding physical education: A systematic review
Education Leadership Review.
3. Bittner, M., McNamara, S., Katz, H., & Silliman-French, L. (in press). School
administrators’ opinions toward adapted physical education. Journal of Special
Education Administration.
4. McNamara, S. (in press). Using podcasts to promote adapted physical education.
PALESTRA.
5. McNamara, S., Healy, S., &; Haegele, J. (in press). Use of social media for
professional development by physical educators who teach students with
disabilities. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
6. McNamara, S., Silliman-French, L., Morgan, V., & Stephens-Pisecco, T. (in
press) Overcoming adapted physical education barriers through collaboration
among special educators and administrators. Journal of the American Academy of
Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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
11. 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.
12. 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 blind
folded 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. & Chen, C. (in press). Adapted physical education in the special
education process. Special Education Design and Development Tools for School
Rehabilitation Professionals.
2. McNamara, S., Lieberman, L., Tymeson, G., & Weiner, B. (2019). IEP meeting
checklist for parents about physical education services. On Wrightslaw.com
3. Bittner, M., Goudy, L., & McNamara, S. (2017). Disability fact sheets. In
SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook. Appleton, WI: SDSU Foundation.

Conference Presentations

1. 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].
2. 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].
3. 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].
4. 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].
5. 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].
6. 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].
7. 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].
8. 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].
9. 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].
10. 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].
11. 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].
12. 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].
13. 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].
14. Dillon, S., Goudy, L., & McNamara, S. (March, 2015). What is adapted physical
education? Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, MI.
[Status: Presented] [Referred].
15. 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].
16. 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].
17. 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].
18. 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].
19. 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].
20. 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].
21. 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 on
Adapted 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. 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: Pending] [Refereed]
2. 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]
3. 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
4. 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]
5. 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., 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: Pending] [Refereed]
2. 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]
3. 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: Pending] [Refereed]
4. 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]
5. 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]
6. 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]
7. 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]
8. 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]
9. 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].
10. 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].
11. 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].
12. 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].
13. Bittner, M., McNamara, S., Katz, H., & Silliman-French, L. (February, 2018).
School
14. administrators’ opinion survey towards adapted physical education. Council for
Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL. [Status: Presented] [Referred].
15. 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]
16. 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].
17. 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].
18. 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].
19. 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].
20. 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].
21. 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. (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)

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: 

Mentored Graduate Student Who Won 4 th 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: 

Service to the Profession

Abstract Reviewer, SHAPE America National Conference, 2020
Reviewer, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2019- Present
Reviewer, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2019- Present
Ad Hoc Awards Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation
for Individuals with Disabilities, 2019
Ad Hoc Membership Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education and
Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2019
Reviewer, International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 2018- Present
Ad Hoc Website Development Committee, National Consortium for Physical Education
and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 2018-2019
Reviewer, Strategies, 2018- Present
Reviewer, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2018- 2019
Reviewer, PALAESTRA, 2016- 2018
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

Commencement Marshal for College of Education Graduation Ceremony, 2019
12 th 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
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