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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 PhD at The Ohio State University under the supervision of Dr. Mary O’Sullivan he took a faculty position in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PHET) program at the University of Wyoming. He continues to conduct research on the effects of Sport Education on student motivation for physical activity, 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 Associate professor in 2010 and was inducted as a research fellow for AAHPERD in 2013. He recently received the Central District SHAPE Scholar Award (2016) and serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Teaching Physical Education. 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)


  • 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 5586 Instructional Models for Physical Education


  • AIESEP Board of Directors (2014-2018)
  • AIESEP 2016 Conference, Laramie – Chair of Scientific Committee
  • WAHPERD VP for Physical Education (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Teaching Physical Education
  • Editorial Board member of Physical Education Sport Pedagogy and European Physical Education Review



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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesf.2018.03.002.

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.

Hastie, P., & Wallhead, T. L. (2016). Models-based practice in physical education: The case for Sport Education. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 35, 390-399.

Barker, D., Wallhead, T. L., & Quennerstedt, M. (2016). Student learning through interaction. European Physical Education Review [special issue]. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X16640235. 

Wallhead, T. L., & Dyson, B. (2016). A didactic analysis of content development during Co-operative Learning in primary physical education. European Physical Education Review. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X16630221 

Readdy, T., & Wallhead, T. L. (2016). Manifestation of anti-fat bias in pre-service physical education teachers. The Physical Educator, 73, 450-470. 

Hastie, P., & Wallhead, T. L. (2015). Operationalizing physical literacy through Sport Education. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 4, 132-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.jshs.2015.04.001. 

Kirby, S., Byra, M., Readdy, T., & Wallhead, T. L. (2015). Effects of spectrum teaching styles on college students’ psychological needs satisfaction and self-determined motivation. European Physical Education Review. DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15585010. 

Garn, A.C., & Wallhead, T. L. (2015). Social goals and basic psychological needs in high school physical education. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 4, 88-99. 


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


Wallhead, T. (2016, November). Developing physical literacy through Sport Education: Current progress and future challenges. Keynote Address at 5th Student Conference on Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science 2016. Hong Kong.

Wallhead, T. (2016, June). Publishing in English-speaking sport pedagogy journals. Oral Presentation at AIESEP 2016. Laramie, WY.

Wallhead, T. (2016, April). The future of sport-based physical education. Invited scholar lecture at SHAPE America 2016. Minneapolis, MN.

Knowles, A., Wallhead, T., & Readdy, T. (2016, April). Effect of Sport Education on Elementary students’ recess sport participation. Poster presentation at SHAPE America 2016. Minneapolis, MN.

Wallhead, T. (2015, July). A didactic analysis of content development during Cooperative Learning. Oral Symposium at AIESEP 2015. Madrid, Spain.

Garn, A.C., & Wallhead, T. (2014, April). Social goals and basic psychological needs in   high school physical education: A prospective study. Oral Presentation at AERA 2014. Philadelphia, PA.

Dyson, B., Wallhead, T., Harvey, S. Casey, A., Goodyear, V., Sutherland, S., & Kirk, D. (2014, April). The future of research on models-based practice in physical education. Invited symposium at AERA SIG Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education Invisible College. Philadelphia, PA.


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