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 Dr. Marybeth Miller 



Biography: Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor and is in her ninth year at SRU.  Dr. Miller’s experiences include teaching graduate level professional leadership in adapted physical activity and undergraduate level courses in both the Physical Education Teacher Education track and Leadership in Physical Activity Track. She has been instrumental with bringing to the program the use of digital video technology as a tool for teacher candidates’ systematic observation and cycle reflection of their teaching, and incorporation of Smart Board technology right in the gymnasium.  Dr. Miller has been recognized in her field as she is a two-time recipient of Who's Who among America's Teachers, as well as receiving the Outstanding Alumni Academy Award from Western Michigan University, SRU Alpha Xi Delta Apple Polish Award, the PSAHPERD Professional Honor Award and the PSAHPERD Appreciation Award. She was a PSAHPERD 2012 Teacher-of-the Year nominee. Prior to establishing her career in higher education Dr. Miller was an elementary adapted physical education teacher at the Watson Institute's Education Center (1978-1990), located in Sewickley, PA. Dr. Miller enjoys bicycle riding, kayaking, snow shoeing, backpacking, and skiing. She is a long-standing member of the Humane Society of the United States.

Research Interests: Dr. Miller’s action research centers upon Service Learning.  Most recently she has conducted various studies that examine a Three-fold phenomenon: first, how service learning has influenced a physical education pre-service teacher candidate’s call to vocation (to teach), second, to examine the influence differently-able children have on each other’s socialization patterns in large-scale movement environments, and what influence pre-service teacher candidates, serving as teachers, have on child socialization patterns, third, to examine service learning as a educational movement pedagogy. Grounded in experiential learning theory, Dr. Miller’s action research is centered upon a service learning model involving preschool-age children with and without disabilities coming together in an inclusive setting for developmentally appropriate educational movement experiences, taught by undergraduate (physical) education majors.  She has presented her research internationally and nationally

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Current Courses:

  • PE 125 Bicycling
  • PE 243 Educational Wellness through Movement
  • PE 452 Field Experience in Elementary Methods
  • PE 455 Student Teaching
  • PE 745 Leadership Training in Adapted Physical Activity 

All Courses Taught:

  • PE 125 Bicycling
  • 243 Movement Education
  • PE 452 Field Experience in Elementary Methods
  • PE 455 Supervision of Student Teaching
  • PE 486 Senior Seminar
  • PE 705 Life Span Motor Development (Graduate)
  • INDS 110 FYRST Seminar


  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh 1990
    Motor Development
    Motor Learning and Research Methodology
  • M.Ed. University of Pittsburgh 1984
    Special Education
  • B.S. Western Michigan University 1975
    Physical Education K – 12
    Physical Education – Exceptional Child

    Dr. Miller has a book, Service Learning in Physical Education and Related Professions: A Global Perspective that will be published on January 22, 2010 by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. For information about the book click here 

Professional Memberships:

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1973-present
  • International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education, 2006-present
  • National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities 2000-present
  • Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 1978-present
  • Council for Exceptional Children, 1979-present
  • Women's Sports Foundation, 1980-present

Current Professional Activities/Assignments:

Advisement: Undergraduate physical education majors in the PETE program.

Service: Dr. Miller has created and directs a free program called Moving Concepts which is an inclusive developmentally appropriate educational movement program for pre-school age children with and without disabilities.  Offered each spring semester on the campus of Slippery Rock University, the program includes over 50 preschoolers coming from the University’s Child Care Center, Butler County Children’s Center, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, and from the surrounding communities as far away as Franklin, PA.  Moving Concepts is a community-based service learning program associated with PE 243 Movement Education.  While pre-service teacher candidates from the disciplines of physical education, special education, elementary education and early childhood education enrolled in PE 243 study concepts and content related to educational movement, they apply their learning through the service of standards-based best-practices teaching to some of Pennsylvania’s youngest citizens to promote an active start to health-related fitness and movement skills.  To obtain information about Moving Concepts, contact Dr. Miller by e-mail ( or phone (724) 738-2789.  


  • President's Commission for Disability Issues (2011-present)
  • Institutional Review Board (2010 - present)
  • The University Forum 
  • Summer reading program
  • FYRST Seminar Instructor     

College of Education:

  • NCATE Conceptual Framework Committee (2001-2009, Chair)
  • Pittsburgh Urban Stadent Teaching (ad hoc) (2009 - present)
  • The Quality Circle: Research/Publications (2005 - 2007)


  • Evaluation Committee (co-chair 2013-2014)
  • Method Committee (ad hoc)
  • Dispositions Committee (2012 – present)
  • PETE Curriculum Committee (2010 – present)
  • Social Committee (2005-2009)
  • Graduate Committee (2007-2011)
  • Curriculum/Personnel Committee (2005 – 2009)
  • Awards Committee (2008-2010)

Years at SRU: Since 2005
Years in Education: Since 1979

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Office Location:
112 Morrow Field House
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-2789

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