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Specialty area(s)

Physical Education Teacher Education and Preparation

Curriculum and Instruction



Current courses at UWL

ESS 200 - Introduction to Teaching Methods in Physical and School Health Education

ESS 361 - Physical Education, School Health Education, and Physical Activity Lab I (Homeschool program)

ESS 425 - Student Teaching Seminar in Physical Education




Doctor of Education, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, July, 2017.

      Area of Specialization:  Curriculum and Instruction

Title of Dissertation:  The Impact of Content Knowledge, Specialized Content Knowledge, Peer Assessment and Self-Analysis on Pre-Service Physical Education Teacher’s Error Detection.

 Master of Science, College of Health Sciences, School of Physical and Health Education

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1997

Title of Thesis: A Study of Divergent Movement Ability and Physical Activity and Their Relationship to an Exploratory Movement Setting and Instruction.

Bachelor of Science, College of Health Sciences, School of Physical and Health Education,

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1993

Teaching history

ESS 212 - Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills in Physical Education

ESS 367 - Teaching Invasion, Striking and Fielding Activities in Physical Education

ESS 420 - Secondary Teaching Methods in Physical Education

ESS 424 - Curriculum Development and Administration in Physical Education

ESS 727 - Planning for Effective Instruction in Physical Education

ESS 759 - Analysis and Supervision of Physical Education

Professional history

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, Wittenberg, WI, Physical Education Teacher and Coach
Shawano Community High School, Shawano, WI, Physical and Health Education Teacher and Coach
Defiance College, Defiance, OH, Instructor in the Division of Education and Coach
Winona State University, Winona, MN, Instructor in Physical Education and Sport Science and Coach
Loras College, Dubuque, IA, Assistant Professor in Physical Education and Sport Science, Physical Education Teacher Education Program Director

Research and publishing

  • Beddoes, Z., Sazama, D., and Starck, J. (2020).  A Team within a Team:  Relating Coaching Concepts to Professional Learning Communities in Schools.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 91(2), 8-17.
  • DeVitis, C., Beddoes, Z., Sazama, D., and Hepler, T. (2020).  The Influence of Posing Physical Activity Posts to Social Networking Sites on Young Adults' Physical Activity Engagement and Motivational Profiles.  The Physical Educator, 77(3), 595-614
  • Sazama, D., Beddoes, Z., Starck, J., and McMullen, B. (2019, Fall).  A teams journey to establish PLC principles in higher education.  All Things PLC Magazine, 6-12.
  • Olson, L., O’Neil, K., and Sazama, D. (2019). Understanding the Physical Education edTPA Assessment: Strategies for Success.  Strategies: A journal for physical and sport educators, 32 (4), 3-8.
  • Lehwald, H., & Sazama, D. (2018). Chapter 9: VolleyballIn Ward, P., & Lehwald, H. (Eds.), Effective Physical Education Content and Instruction (283-334). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.



Debra Sazama, Exercise & Sport Science, received the award for Midwest District Presidential Citation from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). This is in appreciation for the investment in the Health and Physical Education Profession, especially in the Midwest District but nationally as well.

Submitted on: June 26, 2020



Debra Sazama, Exercise & Sport Science, received the award for Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year (University Level) at Wisconsin Health and Physical Education Convention on Oct. 24, 2019 in Wisconsin Dells.

Submitted on: Oct. 31, 2019



Deb Sazama, Exercise & Sport Science, presented "Teaching Invasion Games" at WHPE SW District Health And Physical Education Workshop on Sept. 6, 2018 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: Sept. 6, 2018