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James D. Wyant, Ph.D.

Associate Director: School of Sport Sciences

Assistant Professor

Portrait of James Wyant
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Professional Highlights

  • Teacher of the Year Award, WVU, CPASS award for excellence in teaching for the 2018-2019 academic year. 
  • WV Department of Education Teacher Credentials: Physical Education PreK-Adult, Health Education grades 5-12. 
  • Coordinator of the physical education teacher education student teaching capstone experience. 


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology/Physical Education Teacher Education, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Kinesiology/Athletic coaching Education, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Kinesiology/Physical Education, Fairmont State University


  • Teacher of the Year Award, West Virginia University, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences award presented for excellence in teaching for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years.
  • Young Professional Award Recipient, West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance the award acknowledged excellence in teaching for young professionals in 2019.
  • Scholar of the Year Award, SHAPE WV, Award presented for excellence in research for 2021.

Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Instructional Technology
  • Intercultural Competence

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning in physical education
  • Policy development in physical education


  • West Virginia Department of Education Teacher Credential, Physical Education and Health Education certifications are valid for teaching grades preschool through adult physical education and grades 5-12 health education.

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Biographical Sketch

James Wyant, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor in the Physical Education and Kinesiology program at West Virginia University, bringing a wealth of experience in the realm of physical education teacher education. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Wyant has concentrated his efforts on the critical role of coordinating student teaching, thus fostering invaluable connections with P-12 administrators, teachers, students, and parents.As a dedicated educator, Dr. Wyant's contributions extend beyond the classroom. His research endeavors have yielded research articles, book chapters, and engaging presentations at both state and national conferences. At the heart of his scholarly pursuits lies a commitment to probing the nuances of teaching and learning. A central theme of his work is a rigorous examination of technology's potential impact on the landscape of physical education, reflecting his keen interest in the intersection of modern tools and pedagogy. Dr. Wyant has also dedicated considerable time to navigating the intricate policy environment that underpins decisions concerning P-12 physical education. His engagement with the broader policy landscape underscores his commitment to effecting positive change in the field.

At the core of Dr. Wyant's role as a professor and scholar is his unwavering dedication to nurturing the next generation of educators and offering steadfast support to current stakeholders in the P-12 educational arena. His multifaceted approach, which blends research, practical experience, and a policy-oriented perspective, exemplifies his mission to elevate the standards and effectiveness of physical education at all levels.