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Valerie K. Wayda, EdD

Associate Dean for Student Success and Academic Affairs

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • North American Society (NAS) of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals Fellow
  • National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education - Vice President (2012)
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education Board of Directors (2003-2006)


  • Ed.D., Sport Behavior with emphasis in Motor Development, Research & Sociology, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Physical Education with emphasis in Sport Behavior, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Physical Education, SUNY Cortland


  • SHAPE West Virginia (formerly WV Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Dana Brooks Professional Mentor Award, 2022
  • West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2018 Recreation/Leisure Leadership Award
  • National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Research Interests

  • Professional dispositions

Committees and Memberships

  • Member, West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2009-present
  • Member, National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, 2000-present
  • Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1997-present

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Valerie Wayda served as the chair for the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies at WVU for 10 years before moving into the Associate Dean role. She has always served in some administrative role beginning with her first faculty appointment at the University of Virginia (1990-93) as the coordinator of the service physical education program and faculty member in the sport psychology program. Then she relocated to Ball State University (1993-2005) as coordinator of the sport psychology program and the coaching minor. Her other administrative appointment was as the coordinator of the physical education teacher program at the University of Central Arkansas (2005-2009). Wayda is a life-time member of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) and ICHPERD-SD; She has been a member of NAKHE since 2000 and SHAPE WV since 2009. She has served in various leadership roles within Midwest District AAHPERD, NASPE, NAKHE and NCACE.