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Keven A. Prusak, PhD
Dr. Keven Prusak has spent the past 34 years in the field of physical education and coaching. After graduating from BYU in 1986 he taught math and physical education and coached four sports for 11 years at the secondary level. In 1989, he received the Box Elder School District Teacher of the Year Award.
He received a master’s degree in physical education from Utah State University in 1990 followed by a PhD in Physical Education-Pedagogy from Arizona State University in 2000. His research focuses on motivation in physical education and the use of digital video technology in PETE. His dissertation examined the effects of student choices on motivation and received the 2002 Lawrence F. Locke Dissertation award from the American Education Research Association.
After graduating from ASU, he took a job at Minot State University where he worked closely with surrounding school districts to redesign their elementary PE program. Courses taught included K-12 methods, motor development, student-teacher supervision, etc. While in North Dakota, Dr. Prusak served on the NDAHPERD board as the vice-president of Secondary Physical Education and was nominated as the College Professor of the year in 2001.
Dr. Prusak took his current position at BYU Provo in 2002 and teaches physical education teacher educator teaching elementary physical education methods classes, K-12 activity methods, exercise physiology, Healthy and Active Lifestyles for undergrad majors and has taught graduate courses including Foundations of PETE Research and Research Design Methods. He has a strong statistical preparation and provides assistance to PETE colleagues with research design and statistical analyses.
Dr. Prusak has published 53 scholarly articles, 2 book chapters, and one book. He has made 10 international and 68 national, regional, state, and local presentations. He created a research group with fellow PETE faculty and grad students based on a share-the-wealth approach to research, writing and publishing scholarly articles. As a result the scholarly productivity rose more than four-fold among participating faculty. He was nominated as the SWD AAHPERD scholar of the year in 2007. He and his coauthors were awarded the 2010 Exemplary Paper of the Year Award from JTPE.
Dr. Prusak has served as the administrator of the Learning and Teaching Technology Lab in both the department of Exercise Sciences and currently in the Teacher Education Department. Duties include training of student staff, overseeing purchases and rotation of all lab equipment and software, managing the budget, etc.
Dr. Prusak has served for ten years as the elementary physical education program director. Duties include the training of adjunct and full-time faculty in the content and delivery of shared elementary physical education courses. He maintains and updates the common course syllabi for each of these courses.
Dr. Prusak served a three-year term as the Southwest District AAHPERD President 2011-2013 during which time he oversaw a very successful annual conference held in Turtle Bay, HI. He also served in various other capacities on the SWD AAHPHERD Board while at BYU Provo.
Dr Prusak teaching has been varied within the physical education teacher education (PETE) program. He has taught undergraduate courses including: Life-span Motor Development, Healthy and Active Lifestyle Management, Exercise Physiology, Elementary- and Secondary-Methods of PE, various sporting classes, Coaching Basketball. Graduate level classes include Research Design and Methods and Foundations of PETE Research.
Dr. Prusak had conducted independent research primarily in the areas of (a) motivation theory and practice in physical education, (b) use of digital video self-analysis in teaching practice, (c) systemic success in physical education programs.
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
The Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
Professional Learning Communities in Physical Education: Preparing Teachers to Thrive
Physical Education Teacher Education majors' perceptions and opinions of social skills in physical education class
Music as a management tool in elementary physical education: A qualitative investigation
Utilizing School-based, Professional Learning Communities to Enhance Physical Education Programs and Facilitate Systems Change
The effects of music on student step counts and time in activity in college basketball activity classes
Inappropriate practices in physical education: The top eight repeat offenders
Will Dodge Ball Ever Die? Former K-12 Students' Experiences and Perceptions of Playing Dodge Ball in PE Class
The Home-Base Method of Teaching Tennis
Developing Social-Emotional Learning in Physical Education Through Appropriate Instructional Practices
Appropriate Instructional Practices' Effects on Former PE Students Experiences in PE
Relationship between health-related fitness knowledge, physical activity intensity and activity levels of high school students
Local collective action: Introducing an action framework for enhancing school- and district- level advocacy in physical education.
Exploring the use of triad student teaching placements in physical education
A team within a team: Relating coaching concepts t professional learning communities in schools
Do Senior Adults (50+) Know What Practices are Appropriate in Physical Education
The Effects of Music-and-Video Distraction on High School Physical Education Student Exercise Intensity
Developing HALM Teaching Competencies in PETE Teacher Candidates
Parent Perceptions of SSPE: A Study in Advocacy in Action
Adolescent Physical Activity and Motivational Profiles While Keeping a Physical Activity Record.
PE Central: A possible online professional development tool.
Picking Teams: Motivational Effects of Team Selection Strategies in Physical Education
Students’ health-related fitness knowledge, perceived competence, and physical activity
Physical activity rates and motivational profiles of adolescents while keeping a daily leisure-time physical activity record
Effects of Teacher-to-Student Relatedness on Adolescent Male Motivation in a Weight Training Class
Do School Administrators Know What Practices are Appropriate in Physical Education?
Effects of Music on Physical Activity Rates of Junior High School Physical Education Students
Relationships Between Health-Related Fitness Knowledge, Perceived Competence, Self-Determination, and Physical Activity Behaviors of High School Students
Physical Education Central: A Possible Professional Development Tool
Identifying High School Physical Education Physical Activity Patterns After HIgh School
The Effects of Music on Physical Activity Rates of Elementary Physical Education Students
A comparison of two tape techniques on navicular drop and center of pressure measurements during stance
Overcoming Marginalization of Physical Education in America's Schools with Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
Generating expertise through the use of digital video
Skill progressions that maximize learning and motivation
An integrated mind-body approach to arthritis: A pilot study
The Relationship Between Health-Related Fitness Knowledge and Physical Activity
The Sport Motivational Scale in Physical Education: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis
PETE Students’ Perceptions of a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
Succeed Together or Fail Alone: Going from Good to Great in Physical Education
Children's perceptions of a district-wide physical education program
Middle Grade (6-9) Students' Knowledge of Appropriate Instructional Practices in Physical Education
Self-regulation of physical education teacher education students' attitudes towards exercise and diet
Children’s perceptions of fitness self-testing, the purpose of fitness testing, and personal health
Pedometer Steps-per-minute, moderate intensity, and individual differences in 12-14 year old youth.
Pedometer Steps-per-minute, moderate intensity, and individual differences in 12-14 year old youth
Using a modified programmed practice sheet to promote skill learning and assessment in physical education
Children's perceptions of fitness self-testing, the purpose of fitness testing, and personal health
Step counts and energy expenditure as estimated by pedometry during treadmill walking at different stride frequencies
The effects of the type of skill test, choice, and gender on situational motivation of physical education students
A critical look at physical education and what must be done to address obesity and other lifestyle issues
Reliability of pre-service physical education teachers' coding of teaching videos using Studiocode analysis software
Systemic teaching success in physical education: The east valley phenomenon
Helping Kids Make Connections: Using Object Lessons to Teach Health-Related Fitness Concepts
The Effect of Choice on Student Motivation and Physical Activity Behavior in Phyiscal Education
A permutation test for subscale distinguishability using confirmatory factor analysis
Situational motivation in a season of sport education
Addressing national standards within a task-involving motivational climate.
The effects of choice on the motivation of adolescent girls in physical education
Validity, reliability and invariance of the situational motivation scale (SIMS) across diverse physical activity contexts
Teaching strategies and game modifications to promote maximum participation in middle school physical education
The effects of ball movement, dribbles, rebounding, and post touches on offensive outcomes for men's division I basketball
Attending to the emotional side of professional learning communities (PLCs) by cultivating positive team dynamics.
The Acute and Chronic Effects of GoNoodle Brain Breaks on Reading Fluency Among Elementary School Children
Teacher Motivation, Self-efficacy, and Burnout in a District Physical Education Program
The Effects of Music on Physical Activity Rates of Junior High School Physical Education Students
Picking Teams: Motivational Effects of Team Selection Strategies in Physical Education
The Effects of Music in Physical Activity Rates of Junior High School Physical Education Students
The Effects of Music on Student Step Counts and Time in Activity in College Basketball Activity Classes