Physical Education Faculty
Steven Wright, Ed. D.
Steven Wright, Ed. D., Physical Education Option Coordinator and Professor, has been involved in physical education teacher education (PETE) since 1992 and at UNH since 2002.
He received his Master’s in Education (1980) and Doctorate of Education (1992) from Boston University. He previously taught physical education and coached various sports at the middle and secondary levels both in the U.S. (Concord Academy, Concord, MA) and overseas (Australia, Greece, Holland, and Thailand). His first 10 years of PETE involvement was at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
His research interests include the socialization of physical educators, mentor training, and studying the Games for Understanding approach to teaching and learning. He has presented over 40 papers and workshops, both in the U.S. and overseas on issues related to sport pedagogy.
He has more than 20 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings. He teaches the following classes at UNH: Middle and Secondary Pedagogy and Practicum, History and Contemporary Perspectives of Physical Education, Lifetime Sports and Team Sports.
Michelle Grenier, M.S., Ph.D.
Michelle Grenier, M.S., Ph.D. has extensive experience in the field of physical education. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and worked with students with disabilities in regular and adapted physical education settings. She has a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of New Hampshire. Her doctoral dissertation was on inclusion in the physical education classroom.
Michelle has done work with local school systems on how best to include students with disabilities and has conducted several workshops in conjunction with the Institute on Disability. She has presented at the state, national and international levels and is currently the Adapted Physical Education representative for the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Michelle teaches Elementary Pedagogy and Practicum classes, Inclusion in Physical Education, Contemporary Issues in Health and Motor Development and Learning.
Ron Croce, Ph.D., Department Chair
Phone: 603-862-2080; NH Hall Room 115
Ronald V. Croce received his Ph.D., in neuroscience and exercise science from the University of New Mexico and currently is Professor and Chair of Kinesiology. Dr. Croce has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the "Teaching Excellence Award" in the School of Health and Human Services (1992), the State of New Hampshire's "Excellence in Education Award (2001)," the University of New Hampshire's "Jean Brierley Teaching Excellence Award (2001)," and the University Fraternity Association's "Outstanding Faculty of The Year Award (2004)." Dr. Croce has a national reputation in the area of physical and motor functioning of individuals with developmental disabilities, and is a leading researcher in the area of neuromuscular functioning of the knee. He has over 70 published articles and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and symposia.
Heather Barber, Ph.D.
Heather Barber, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Sport Psychology, Research Methods) joined the UNH faculty in 1993. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1992). Dr. Barber specializes in sport psychology and her research centers on motivation, and girls and women s participation in sport. An AAASP certified consultant, member of the USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists, team psychologists for various UNH sports teams and a former coach at Wellesley College, Dr. Barber brings a wealth of experience in sport psychology to the graduate program.
Karen Collins, Ph.D.
Karen Collins, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Athletic Administration, Principles of Coaching, Social Issues in Sport) joined the UNH faculty in the fall of 2002. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (2002) with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Her research focuses primarily on social issues in coaching and coaching education. She was a former collegiate coach at Princeton University, UNH and Dartmouth College. Additionally, Dr. Collins has worked as a developmental program administrator for the USFHA. Dr. Collins brings the combination of her academic preparation in sport psychology with a great deal of sport experience to the Sport Studies program at UNH.
John Miller, ATC, Associate Professor
Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology teaching in the athletic training program at the University of New Hampshire. The courses he teaches are Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Concepts of Athletic Training, Pharmacology in Athletic Training, Ergogenic Aids in Sports, Seminar in Athletic Training, and Musculoskeletal Assessment.
Dain P. LaRoche, Ph.D.
Dr. LaRoche completed his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah and joined the UNH faculty in 2007. He teaches the Physiology of Exercise, Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise, and Exercise Prescription & Leadership courses. His research interests include the role of physical activity in the preservation of neuromuscular function in aging, determinants of walking ability and fall risk in the elderly, as well as aspects of endurance and winter sport performance. He spent four years in Salt Lake City, Utah monitoring altitude adaptation and physical performance in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating athletes in preparation for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
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Executive Director of The Browne Center and Clinical Faculty at UNH
Pam is a founder and the Executive Director of The Browne Center and is on the faculty of the Outdoor Education program at UNH. Pam holds a M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut and has had a varied career working for National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, the Wilderness Education Association, Project Adventure, and as a school social worker, as well as an organizational consultant. Her focus is on helping individuals and groups develop their own deliberate culture through inter and intra-personal skills development. She enjoys co-creating hands on learning environments.
Education - 2007 M.S. Kinesiology Outdoor Education - University of New Hampshire; 1998 B.S. Kinesiology Outdoor Education - University of New Hampshire; 1993 B.A. Economics/Mathematics - Union College
Courses - Top Rope Rock Climbing, Lead Rock Climbing, Artificial Climbing Wall Management, High Angle Rescue, Winter Expedition Programming, Top Rope Ice Climbing, Wilderness Navigation, Adventure Activities
Additional Duties - Kinesiology Program Support & Logistics
Research Interests - Climbing Anchor Rigging; Belay Device Performance
Nate is also the Director of the UNH OE Artificial Climbing Wall, a UNH Outdoor Adventures Instructor, a Browne Center Lead Facilitator, and a AMGA Single Pitch Instructor.
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