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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences

Tristan Wallhead, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health. Tristan Wallhead, Ph.D.


Assistant Director, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Physical Education / Teacher Education

(307) 766-4191

Corbett Building, Room 113







Tristan Wallhead came to the United States from England after serving as a physical education teacher at a high school with Sports College status for six years. Following the completion of his PHhD at the Ohio State University under the supervision of Dr. Mary O'Sullivan he took a faculty position in the Physical Education Teacher Education program at the University of Wyoming. He continues to conduct research on the effects of Sport Education on student motivation for physical literacy, and uses the didactic methodology to examine student learning during peer-assisted learning strategies such as the reciprocal style and co-operative learning. He was promoted to Professor in 2017 and was inducted as a research fellow for AAHPERD in 2013. He received the Central District SHAPE Scholar Award (2016) and serves on the editorial board for Journal of TEaching Physical Education, Physical Education Sport Pedagogy and European Physical Education Review. He currently acts as Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Health Sciences. If you are interested in being supervised by Dr. Wallhead for a Masters degree in PETE please email him directly.


Ph.D. Ohio State University (2004)

M.S. Leeds Metropolitan University (2000)

B.S. Loughborough University (1997)


Funded Grants:

2018-2019       Lin, E., Sum, K. W., Wallhead, T. (co-I), Yan, B., Choi, S. M. Effects of Sport Education Intervention on Students’ Perceived Physical Literacy and Physical Activity Levels in University Required Physical Education. Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, Chinese University of Hong Kong. ($22,000 (HK$170,000))

2016-2018          Sum, K. W., Ha, S. C., Sit, H. P., & Wallhead, T. (co-I) Effects of Physical Education Continuing Professional Development on Teachers’ Physical Literacy and Self-Efficacy and Students' Learning Outcomes. General Research Fund, Research Grant Committee, Hong Kong SAR. ($100,000 (HK$764,492))


Li, M., Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L., Ha, S. C., Sit, C., Li, R. (2019). Influence of perceived physical literacy on coaching efficacy and leadership behavior: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 18, 82-90.

Knowles, A., Wallhead, T. L., & Readdy, T. (2018). Exploring the synergy between Sport Education and in-school sport participation. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 37,      113-122.

Sum, K. W. R., Cheng, F. C., Wallhead, T. L., Kuo, C-C., Wang, F. J., & Choi, S. M. (2018). Perceived physical literacy instrument for adolescents: A further validation of PPLI. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 16, 26-31.

Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L., Ha, S. C. A., Sit, H. P. C. (2018). Effects of physical education continuing professional development on teachers’ physical literacy, self-efficacy and students' learning outcomes. International Journal of Educational Research, 88, 1-8.

Wallhead, T. L. (2017). Developing student coaches in the Sport Education model. ACHPER Active and Healthy Journal, 24, 21-24.   

Hastie, P. & Wallhead, T. L. (2017a). Sport Education: A model for engaging teachers and students. ACHPER Active and Healthy Journal, 24, 7-10.

Hastie, P. & Wallhead, T. L. (2017b). Designing a Sport Education season: Factors to consider. ACHPER Active and Healthy Journal, 24, 15-20.  

Barker, D., Wallhead, T. L., Goodyear, V., Brock, S., & Amade-Escot, C. (2017). Group work in physical education: Exploring the interconnectedness of theories and practice. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 36, 50-60.

Further Reserach

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  • KIN 2000 Movement Core I: Invasion & Striking/Fielding Games
  • KIN 4012 Curriculum Development in Physical Education
  • KIN 4017 Teaching Lab III Practicum
  • KIN 5014 Teaching Tactics in Sport-based Physical Education
  • KIN 5018 Psychology of Teaching Physical Education
  • KIN 5019 Instructional Models for Physical Education


  • AIESEP Board of Directors (2014-)
  • AIESEP 2016 Conference, Laramie – Chair of Scientific Committee
  • WAHPERD VP for Physical Education (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Teaching Physical Education (2014-2017)
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