Scott McNamara

Assistant Professor

Physical Education Pedagogy

(319) 273-2613




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.  




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