David W Chorney

University/Corporation Name

University of Alberta

Research Interests

Physical Education Teacher Education, Physical Literacy, Wellness, Outdoor education, Pedagogy, General Teacher Education

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

I have been a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta since 2007. Prior to this I was a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge for 4 years. My areas of specialization are in Physical Education pedagogy and curriculum. I earned my PhD and M.Ed both from the university of Alberta. I have earned my Education and BA degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to embarking on my graduate studies journey I was a high school physical education teacher at Churchill High school in LaRonge Saskatchewan from 1992-1998. Upon completion of my M.Ed in 2000 at the U of A I accepted a position as an instructor at the University of Regina from 2000-2002 teaching introductory education courses as well as methods courses in physical education for elementary, middle school and secondary focussed pre-service teachers. I have taught graduate courses in research methods and have developed my own graduate course at the U of A which I have offered on 4 separate occasions in various delivery formats. The title of the course is “Conceptualizing the field of PE: An inquiry into enduring and contemporary issues”.

My range of post-secondary courses that I have taught span the topics of teacher education, physical education teacher education (PETE), outdoor education, health and wellness education, generic teacher ed courses, research methods and numerous independent studies courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. I have won every major teaching award available within the Faculty of Education at the U of A as well as the prestigious Rutherford Award for teaching excellence administered by the University of Alberta.

I see this as an opportunity to work closely with colleagues from near and far and broaden my own teaching and planning practices. Working with people of similar interests will challenge me and further teach me about my own strengths and areas which may need improving. This is something of genuine interest to me and hopefully there are courses and colleagues that align with me through this platform.

Kind regards, Dr. David Chorney