Biography: Drawing on a lifetime of diverse experiences instructing children in sport, recreation, physical education and Health settings, Gary Clark combines content knowledge with practical experience. Dr. Clark’s education includes a Ph.D. in Developmental Movement from the University of Pittsburgh where his research focus was on the effect of physical activity on cognitive function in children. He received his M.S. in Physical Education from Western Kentucky University where he served as a graduate assistant and he also received the Universities Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He also holds a B.S. in Recreation from Lock Haven University where his accomplishments’ included starting on the football team, receiving the Ross E. Nevel award, and being honored with the Outstanding Internship Award.
Dr. Clark also has been fortunate enough to gain practical experience from a diverse background in physical education and related fields. His higher education teaching experiences include his current position as an Assistant Professor at Slippery Rock University as well as teaching Physical Education Major courses at several other institutions including The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Pittsburgh. His public school experiences include over seven years of experience in the North Hills School District as a Health and Physical Education teacher where he and his colleagues were acknowledged for their involvement in NFL Flag and for grant writing to bring programs such as in line skating to students in the district. His involvement in public education has continued through volunteer work in school districts, by substitute teaching, and through the maintenance of his Pennsylvania teaching certification. As a coach, Gary has worked with athletes on a variety of levels in sports including football, track & field, swimming, basketball, baseball, and wrestling. Dr. Clark also continues to work to promote physical activity in children by coordinating, volunteering, and working in children’s camps, and teaching swim lessons. These experiences have emphasized promoting physical activity for everyone, a concept which he has exhibited through his involvement in programs for children with special needs including programs at University of Pittsburgh, the IUP Special Needs Activity Program, Special Olympics, and through serving as a Master level counselor in a sport based program focused on behavior modification in children. Dr. Clark is committed to keeping the child alive in all of us, promoting a love for movement, and the development of a physically active lifestyle.
All Courses Taught:
PE 152 Practical Introduction to Teaching Physical Education and Health
PE 274 Assessment Strategies in Physical Education
PE 383 Motor Development and Learning
PE 455 Student Teaching - Physical Education
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar
PE 243 Movement Ed
Years at Slippery Rock University: Since 2008
Years in Education: 20 +