Faculty & Staff Profile

Brent Heidorn

Brent Heidorn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 678-839-6189 | Fax: 678-839-6098

Email:  bheidorn@westga.edu

Office: Education Center 102C

Biography

Dr. Brent Heidorn is an associate tenured professor in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia, and was recently appointed as Assistant Dean for Research and Assessment in the College of Education (2015). Prior to this appointment, Brent was the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Department of Leadership and Instruction, where he has served since 2007.

Prior to his appointment at the University of West Georgia, Brent received his doctoral degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina (2004-2007) and worked for eight years as a physical education teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels (1997-2004). His educational degrees include a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Bob Jones University, M.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina.

Brent’s leadership and service activities include active membership in SHAPE America, and the current President of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD). He has been actively involved with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) serving on a variety of committees at the national level, including three years on the Physical Education Steering Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Publications Committee. Brent continues to serve SHAPE America through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) and the Delegate Assembly. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, is on the Editorial Review Board for Quest and Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, and is the Publications Editor of The GAHPERD Journal. Brent also served as the Editor for the Theory to Practice column in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. Brent has received numerous awards including the SDAAHPERD Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award, the University of West Georgia, College of Education Faculty Outstanding Service Award, the Robert W. Moore Professional Recognition Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Young Scholar Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Brent’s research interests include comprehensive school physical activity programs, physical education teacher education and supervision, and sport pedagogy. He has more than 35 authored or coauthored articles, chapters, reports, or reviews; and he has given more than 120 professional and scholarly presentations.

Outside of the academic arena, Brent enjoys playing team and individual sports, participating in various fitness pursuits, and enjoying life with his wife and three children who are 12, 9, and 7 years old.


Education/Degrees

  • B.S., Health and Physical Education, Bob Jones University, 1997
  • M.A., Health and Exercise Science, Furman University, 2000
  • Ph.D., Physical Education, University of South Carolina, 2007

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CURR-6575 (Curriculum Trends and Issues)    
    • PHED-3502 (Skls & Strat in Target/Otdr Ac)    
    • PHED-3503 (Skills/Stra-Net and Wall Games)    
    • PHED-3670 (Inst Stratg of Health & Phy Ed)    
    • PHED-3675 (Phys Ed in Middle/Sec Schools)    
    • PHED-4603 (Adv. Concpt Personal Training)    
    • PHED-4630 (Principle/Foundtn. of Coaching)    
    • PHED-4686 (Teaching Internship)    
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • PHED-4603 (Adv. Concpt Personal Training) Section: N01
    • CURR-6575 (Curriculum Trends and Issues) Section: E01   [View Syllabus]
    • CURR-6575 (Curriculum Trends and Issues) Section: E02   [View Syllabus]
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • PHED-3503 (Skills/Stra-Net and Wall Games) Section: 01
    • PHED-4603 (Adv. Concpt Personal Training) Section: 01
    • PHED-4630 (Principle/Foundtn. of Coaching) Section: 01
    • PHED-4686 (Teaching Internship) Section: 01
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • PHED-3502 (Skls & Strat in Target/Otdr Ac) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • PHED-3670 (Inst Stratg of Health & Phy Ed) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • PHED-3675 (Phys Ed in Middle/Sec Schools) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
  • Summer 2014 Sections
    • PHED-4603 (Adv. Concpt Personal Training) Section: 01D
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • PHED-3503 (Skills/Stra-Net and Wall Games) Section: 01
    • PHED-4603 (Adv. Concpt Personal Training) Section: 01
    • PHED-4630 (Principle/Foundtn. of Coaching) Section: 01

Selected Publications

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  • Mosier, B. & Heidorn, B. (2013). Theory into practice: Training others to lead comprehensive school physical activity programs. Strategies: A Journal for Sport and Physical Educators, 26(5), 43-45. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. & Weaver, R. G. (2011). The Ultimate unit in physical education. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 25(1), pp. 16-22. [View Publication]
  • Butts, F., Heidorn, B., & Mosier, B. (2013). Comparing student engagement in online and face-to-face instruction in health and physical education teacher preparation. Journal of Education and Learning, 2(2), pp. 8-13. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. & Mosier, B. (2013). Standards-based instruction in physical education. NCAAHPERD Journal, 48(1), 44-52. [View Publication]
  • Mowling, C. & Heidorn, B. (2013). Every shot counts: Rallying around traditional practice strategies. Strategies: A Journal for Sport and Physical Educators, 26(2), pp. 30-36. [View Publication]
  • Elliot, E., Erwin, H., Hall, T., & Heidorn, B. (2013). Comprehensive school physical activity programs: Helping students achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 84(9), 9-15.
  • Hooper, M. & Heidorn, B. (2012). Comprehensive school physical activity programs: Preparing leaders to implement strategies that support conditions for change. The Journal of Teaching, Learning, and Research in Educational Leadership, 2 (1) (www.gelfajourn
  • Blankenship, B. T. & Heidorn, B. (2012). From Zumba to yoga to reality tv: Using pop culture to teach the sciences: Introduction. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 83(8), pp. 13-14, Symposium Feature. Invited. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. & Centeio, E. (2012). Implementing comprehensive school physical activity programs: The role of directors of physical activity. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 83(7), pp. 13-19, 25, Special Feature. Invited. [View Publication]
  • Hall, T., Heidorn, B., & Welch, M. (2011). A description of preservice teachers’ task presentation skills. The Physical Educator 68(4), pp. 188-198. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. & Welch, M. (May/June, 2010). Teaching affective qualities in physical education. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. & Hall, T. (Spring, 2010). A shared leadership approach to promoting school wellness policy and program change. The GAHPERD Journal, 43(1), pp. 15-17. [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B., Hall, T., & Carson, R. (In Press). Theory into Practice: Comprehensive School-Based Physical Activity Program. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. A Comprehensive School-based Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) represents a [View Publication]
  • Heidorn, B. (2007, September/October). Back to the basics in soccer: An emphasis on passing and trapping. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. [View Publication]