Kimberly Oliver is a Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation at New Mexico State University where she directs the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Dr. Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico; a Master’s degree in Physical Education from California State University, Fresno; and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. Previously she held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.
Dr. Oliver’s line of research focuses on developing and studying curricular topics and instructional strategies for teaching aspects of health-related physical education to adolescent girls. Working in the traditions of feminist, critical and activist research and pedagogies, her interest is in learning how teachers can assist girls in exploring, critiquing, and transforming personal and cultural barriers that hinder their well being. Specifically her research focuses on helping adolescent girls learn to explore, critique, and transform personal and cultural barriers that limit their health and physical activity opportunities. More recently Dr. Oliver has moved into studying the impact that a student-centered and inquiry-based methods course, taught in the public schools, has on pre-service teachers’ abilities to be student-centered physical educators.
Dr. Oliver has 1 published book with Peter Lang, “Bodily Knowledge: Learning about Equity and Justice with Adolescent Girls,” and has published widely in the field of physical education and education in general. Her work is found in journals such as Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Curriculum Studies, and others. She has been principal investigator for a 3-year $1 million grant, The Las Cruces Health and Physical Activity Initiative, through the Department of Education. Dr. Oliver has chaired the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education from 2007-2010. Dr. Oliver is currently the Pedagogy Associate Editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.
If you are considering graduate work (doctoral only) at New Mexico State University and are interested in studying with me as your major advisor, you should carefully read several of my manuscripts to determine if you are interested in studying inquiry-based curriculum and/or student-centered teacher education in physical education. If either of these two areas interests you, please send me your vita/resume and a statement of interest.