Faculty & Staff

PAUL RUKAVINA

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

EXERCISE SCIENCE, HEALTH STUDIES, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT MANAGEMENT

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Diplomas/Degrees

PhD-Kinesiology- Pedagogy/Motor Learning, Louisiana State University (2003)
MS-Exercise Science/PE- Motor Learning and Development, Arizona State University (1998)
BS-Psychology, Coaching, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1996)

Recent Courses

First Year Seminar Motivation In Sport,Physical Activity & Education Contexts
Motor Development
Research And Design Of Experiments

Research Interests

Health and Physical Education Program Development and Evaluation
Teaching and Learning in Physical Activity
Obesity Bias in Physical Education
Skill Aquisition in Physical Education and Sport
Preparation of Preservice Teachers
Motivation in Physical Activity Settings

Grants/Sponsored Research

Rukavina, P.B., Doolittle, S., & Beale, A. (2008). An In-Depth Qualitative Exploration of Physical Education Teachersí Prevention Policies, and Individual Teaching and Managerial Strategies against Obesity Bias

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2006) The effectiveness of two intervention methods on reducing obesity bias among secondary school students.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2006). An In-Depth Qualitative Exploration of Overweight or Obese Adolescentsí and their Parentsí Coping Mechanisms against Obesity Bias

Refereed Articles

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Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., & Foster, C. (2013), Overweight or obese studentsí perceptions of caring in urban physical education programs. Journal of Sport Behavior, 36, 189-209.

Gibbone, A., Bernstein, E., & Rukavina, P. B. (2012, Fall), Middle school gender and grade-level differences in a dance-related active gaming in both competitive and non-competitive climates. Global Journal of Health and Physical Education, 2, 130-151.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2012, Fall), Including overweight or obese students in physical education: Social ecological constraint model. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83, 570-578.

Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., Shen, B., & Sun, H. (2012, Fall), Physical Education in the Eyes of Overweight or Obese Adolescentsí Parents. Journal of Sport Behavior, 35, 204-222.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2012, Fall), The nature, occurring contexts, and psychological implications of weight-related teasing in urban physical education programs. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83, 308-317.

Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., & Wright, P. (2012, Spring), Coping mechanisms against weight related teasing among overweight or obese adolescents in urban physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 31, 182-199.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2011), Implicit and explicit obesity bias in pre-adolescents and their relations to self-reported body mass index. Stigma Action and Research, 1, 18-26.

Rukavina, P. B., & Li, W. (2011), Perceptions of controllability: Are adolescents receiving an appropriate message about the etiology of obesity? Journal of School Health, 81, 8-14.

Rukavina, P. B., Li, W., Shen, B., & Sun, H. (2010), A service learning based project to change implicit and explicit attitudes toward obese individuals in kinesiology pre-professionals. Obesity Facts, 3, 117-152.

Shen, B., Wingert, R. K., Li, W., Sun, H., & Rukavina, P. B (2010), An amotivation model in physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29, 72-84.

Shen, B., Li, W., Sun, H., & Rukavina, P. B. (2010), Amotivation and teachersí social support in physical education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29, 417-432.

Rukavina, P. B., & Jeansonne, J. J. (2009), Integrating motor learning concepts and learning strategies into physical education using guided discovery. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 80, 23-30, 65.

Rukavina, P. B., & Foxworth, K. R. (2009), Using motor learning theory to design more effective instruction. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 80, 17-37.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Rukavina, Langdon, J., Greenleaf, C., & Gibbone, A. (2013). Obesity bias among undergraduate exercise science students. In American College of Sport Medicine. Indianapolis, IN.

Rukavina, P. B., Gibbone, A., Greenleaf, C., Langdon, J., Jenkins, J., Portman, P., & Ransdell, L. (2013). Achievement Goals and Diversity Attitudes in Physical Education Pre-Service Teachers. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Charlotte, NC.

Langdon, J., Rukavina, P., Greenleaf, C., & Gibbone, A. (2013). Predictors of Cultural Pluralism and Diversity among Undergraduate Kinesiology Majors. In National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education National Conference. Ft., Lauderdale, FL.

Gibbone, A., Bernstein, E., & Rukavina, P. B. (2012). Middle School Studentsí Perceptions of Competition and Enjoyment during Dance Specific Active Gaming in Physical Education. In Southern District Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance,. Orlando, FL.

Rukavina P. B., Li, W., Manson, M., Beale, A., & Doolittle, S. (2011). Middle School Teachersí Perceptions of Environmental Constraints for Inclusion of Overweight Students Into Physical Education. In International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education. A Coruna, Spain.

Rukavina, P. B., Li, W., Doolittle, S., Beale, A. & Manson, M. (2011). Including Overweight Students in Physical Education: Teacherís Beliefs and Goals, Choices of Curriculum, Strategies and Learning Climates. In Physical Education and Sports: Challenges and Future Directions. Shanghai, China.

Doolittle, S., Manson, M., Rukavina, P. B., Li, W., & Beale, A. (2011). Physical Education Teachersí Perceptions of Overweight Students Individual Constraints and Implications for Teaching. In International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education. Limerick, Ireland.

Rukavina, P.B., Li, W., Doolittle, S., Beale, A., & Manson, M. (2011). Including Overweight Students in Physical Education under a Social Ecological Constraints Theory. In American Education Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., & Kim, J. (2011). Overweight or Obese Studentsí Perceptions of Caring in Physical Education. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. San Diego, CA.

Sun, H., Li, W., Shen, B., & Rukavina, P. B. ( (2010). Active Game: A Possible way to Promote Physical Activity in Elementary School Physical Education? In American Council of Sport Medicine. Seattle, WA.

Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., Shen, B., & Sun, H. (2010). Parentsí Coping with Weight-Related Teasing Experienced by Their Overweight or Obese Child in Physical Education. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Indianapolis, IN..

Sun, H., Li, W., Shen, B., & Rukavina, P. B. (2010). Studentsí Beliefs and Values, In-class Physical Activity, And Fitness Test. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Indianapolis, IN.

Rukavina, P. B., Li, W., Doolittle, S., Beale, A., & Manson, M. (2010). Experienced Physical Education Teachersí Policies and Instructional Strategies for Including Overweight Students. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Indianapolis, IN..

Shen, B., Choi, Y. S., Rukavina, P. B., Li, W., & Sun, H. (2010). Influence of Gender and Grade on Amotivation in High School Physical Education. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. , Indianapolis, IN.

Sun, H., Li, W., Shen, B., & Rukavina, P. B. (2009). Middle School Studentsí After-School Studentsí Physical Activity: An Analysis of Nationally Representative Data. In American Council of Sport Medicine. Seattle, WA.

Li, W., Shen, B., Sun, H., & Rukavina, P. B. (2009). Mediating Effect of Perceived Sports Competence On Achievement Goals in Physical Education and Exercise Intentions. In American Council of Sport Medicine. Seattle, WA.

Wingert, R. K., Shen, B., Choi, Y. S., Li, W., Sun, H., Rukavina, P. B. (2009). The Influence of Teachersí Social Support on Amotivation in Physical Education. In American Education Research Association. San Diego, CA.

Wingert, R. K., Shen, B., Choi, Y. S., Li, W., Sun, H., & Rukavina, P. B. (2009). An amotivation model in physical education. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Tampa, FL.

Kim, I., Li, W., Rukavina, P. B., Shen, B., & Sun, H. (2009). Physical Education in the Eyes of Overweight Adolescents' Parents. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Tampa, FL.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B (2009). Qualitative exploration of overweight/obese adolescents' and parents' coping mechanisms. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Tampa, Fl.

Li, W., & Rukavina, P. B. (2008). Effectiveness of Two Interventions on Reducing Obesity Bias Among Secondary School Students. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Fort Worth, TX.

Rukavina, P. B., & Li, W. (2008). Perceptions of Controllability: Are Adolescents Receiving an Appropriate Message about the Aetiology of Obesity? In American Education Research Association. New York, NY..

Clanton, K., Melton, I, Rukavina, P. B, & Holt, B. (2008). Effectiveness of Sport Education to meet its Identified Objectives in Net/Wall game and Track and Field Sports. In National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Li, W., Wright, P., Rukavina, P. B., & Pickering, M. (2007). Measuring Studentsí Perceptions of Personal and Social Responsibility and its Relationship to Enjoyment in Urban Physical Education. In American Education Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Rukavina, P.B, & Li, W. (2007). A Service Learning Based Project to Change Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Obese Individuals in Kinesiology Pre-Professionals. In American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Baltimore, MD.


Honors and Accomplishments

Research Fellow- American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance- Research Consortium (2011)