Melissa Parker, Ph.D.

Melissa Parker, Ph.D.Education

  • 1984 Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 1979 M.A., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 1974 B.S., University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Professional Experience

  • 1983 – 1987 Assistant Professor of Physical Education,University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • 1987 - 1998 Professor, Health and Physical Education, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • 1998 - Present Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Teaching Areas

  • SES 210 – Developmentally Appropriate Elementary Activities
  • SES 266 – Introduction to Physical Education as a Profession
  • SES 340 – Instructional Planning and Design
  • SES 440 – Developing Pedagogical Skills in Elementary Physical Education
  • SES 614 – Analysis of Teaching
  • SES 680 – Perspectives in Physical Education and Sport
  • SES 640 – Curriculum in Physical Education
  • SES 695 - Service Learning and Underserved Youth
  • Student teaching seminar

Research

  • Preparing teachers to teach physical education for learning
  • Teacher professional development
  • Service learning, physical activity, and underserved youth
  • The preparation of teacher educators
  • Personal and social responsibility

Selected Publications

  • Patton, K., & Parker, M. (in press). “Stuff that I Do”: Children’s views of and meanings assigned to physical activity. In L. Azzarito & D. Kirk (Eds.). Physical culture, pedagogies and visual methods. London: Sage.
  • Patton, K., & Parker. M. (in press). Moving from ‘Things to do on Monday’ to student learning: Physical education professional development facilitators’ views of success. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.
  • Ward, S. Parker, M., Henschel-Pellet, H., & Perez, M. (in press). Forecasting the storm:  Student perspectives throughout a teaching personal and social responsibility-based positive youth development program. Agora.
  • Parker, M., Patton, K., & Tannehill, D. (in press). Mapping the landscape of Irish physical education professional development. Irish Educational Studies Journal.
  • Ward, S. & Parker, M. (in press). The voice of youth: Atmosphere in positive youth development program. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.
  • Patton, K., Parker, M., & Neutzling, M. (in press). Tennis shoes required: The role of the facilitator in professional development. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.
  • Parker, M., Templin, T., & Setiawan, C. (in press). More than just “Something to do on Monday”: What has been learned from school/university partnerships? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Galvan, C. & Parker, M. (2011).  Service-learning in physical education teacher education: Findings of the road less traveled.  Journal of Experiential Education.
  • Matos, Z., Batista, P., Parker, M., Patton, K., & Machado, M. (2011). Cooperating teachers’ perceptions of participation in a community of practice. In Proceedings of AIESEP Congress 2010, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Parker, M., Sutherland, S., Sinclair, C & Ward, P. (2011).  Participant responses to ‘Curriculum of PETE doctoral programs”. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
  • Ward, P., Parker, M. Sutherland, S. & Sinclair, C. (2011).  An examination of the curriculum of physical education teacher education doctoral programs.  Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
  • GocKarp, G., Woods, M., Ward, P., Parker, M., Boyce, B. A., Rikard, G. L. Sinclair, C., & Sutherland, S. (2011) Recommendations for doctoral programming in Kinesiology and for the PETE profession .  Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.
  • Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S. & Parker, MChildren Moving: A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical
    Education (8th ed.).St. Louis, MO: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Parker, M. & Patton, K., Madden, M., & Sinclair, C. (2010). The development and maintenance of a community of practice through the process of curriculum development. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29(4), 337-357.
  • Stiehl, J. & Parker, M. Outdoor Education. In Tannehill, D. & Lund, J. (Eds.). Standards based curriculum development (2nd ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett. 2010, pg. 247-269.
  • Parker, M. & Stiehl, J. Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility. In Tannehill, D. & Lund, J. (Eds.). Standards based curriculum development (2nd ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett. 2010, pg. 163-191.
  • Parker, M. & Sinclair, C. (2010). Making teacher work samples work for you. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 81(1),36-39.
  • Hansen, K. & Parker, M. (2009). Rock climbing: An experience in responsibility. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 80(2), 17-23.
  • Stiehl, J. & Parker, M. (2007). Outcomes in adventure. In Project Adventure (Eds.). Adventure based programming and education. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
  • Brustad, R. & Parker, M. (2005). Enhancing positive youth development through sport and physical activity. Psychologia, 39, 75-93

Invited Keynotes

  • Parker, M. (2011). World Sport Achievements: Physical Literacy and Physical Education.  International Sport Seminar III. Ministry of Education. University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Parker, M. (2011).  Physical Education Teacher Education: It’s More than Just Courses. University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Parker, M.  (2007). Achieving physical literacy: Making the reality a dream.  Physical Activity Roundtable, Province of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK.

Selected Presentations

  • Parker, M., Patton, K., & Sinclair, C. (2012). "I took this picture because…": Teachers' depictions and descriptions of change. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2011, Parker, M., Sinclair, C., Patton, K., & Morse, J. Responsibility: It’s Taught; Not Caught.  Workshop presented at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011, Madden, M., Parker, M., & Smith, M. Factors effecting curriculum implementation: One teacher’s perception. Presentation at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011, Patton, K., Parker, M., & Pratt, E.  ‘Teaching without telling’: Facilitators’ professional development strategies. Presentation at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011, Parker, M., Sinclair, C., & Patton, K. Looking in the mirror: Teachers’ images and reflections of change. Poster presented at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011, Seabra, A., Mendonça, D., Seabra, A., Maia, J., Parker, M., &  Fonseca, A. Psychosocial correlates of physical activity in Portuguese schoolchildren aged 8 to 10 years. Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting,Anaheim, CA.
  • 2011, Patton, K., & Parker, M. Children’s’ views of and meanings assigned to physical activity. Presentation at the annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • 2011, Templin, T., Castelli, D. M., Parker, M., Patton, K., & McCaughtry, N. Implementing a PEP Grant: Promoting sustained reform and teacher development. Presentation at the annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • 2011, Neutzling, M., Parker, M., & Pratt, E. Conceptions of learning to teach through a constructivist environment. Presentation at the annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • 2011, Ward, S., Perez, M., Henschel-Pellet, H., & Parker, M. Forecasting the Storm: Participants’ Perspectives throughout a Positive Youth-Development Program. Presentation at the annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • 2011, Boyce, A., Judd, M., GocKarp, G., Parker, M., Rickard, L., Sinclair, C., Sutherland, S., van der Mars, H., Ward, P., & Woods, M.A.  Doctoral PETE Programs: The Preparation of Quality Teachers Educators. Presentation at the annual American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • 2010. Parker, M., & Patton, K. Hearing teachers’ voices; giving teachers’ voice: The work of facilitators in continuing professional development. Presentation at the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), A Coruña, Spain.
  • 2010. Patton, K., Parker, M. & Neutzling, M. ‘I Don’t Go into school unless I have tennis shoes on’: The role of the facilitator in professional development. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • 2009. Patton, K., Parker, M. & Madden, M. Understanding the Role of Reciprocal Interactions in a Community of Practice.  Situated Learning, Reflective Practice and Knowledge Construction in Physical Education (AIESEP) International Seminar. Besancon, France.
  • 2009. Parker, M., Patton, K., Madden, M. & Sinclair, C. The Development and Maintenance of a Community of Practice through the Process of Curriculum Development. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.