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Marcia Karwas, Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Lecturer of Adapted Physical Education

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831.917.7680
mkarwas@emich.edu

Education

Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D.: Kinesiology, Sociology, History - Washington State University
Master's of Science: Physical Education/Adapted Physical Activity - Western Michigan University
Bachelor's of Science Social Work - Western Michigan University
Minors: Adapted Physical Education, Sociology, and Gerontology

Professional Summary

After receiving a Bachelor's of Science from Western Michigan University, Karwas coached field hockey and lacrosse at Harvard and Old Dominion, specializing in goalkeeping, while also training on the USA Field Hockey Olympic Squad. Goalkeeping training and coaching dominated the first 10 years of Karwas' professional career. Concurrently, Karwas traveled to Jamaica and trained the Jamaican national team under the guise of the USOC's Freedom Act, ran specialty goalkeeping camps throughout the United States, producing several Olympians and consulted with many field hockey programs. After coaching, Karwas began work on her Master's degree.

Dr. Karwas began her college teaching at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo while completing her Master's degree under Dr. Billye Ann Cheatum. After receiving the Master's, Karwas was recruited to Washington State University where she, along with her adviser, Dr. Karen DePauw, developed the Washington State University Adapted Physical Activity Program. After completing the doctoral program at WSU, Karwas remained on as faculty for three years. Research included comparing gender, race, ethnicity, that disability and other marginalized groups in their quest for sporting opportunities. After WSU, Karwas spent 15 years at California State University - Monterey Bay developing Major and Minor curriculums. While in California, Karwas continued working with children in the Adapted Physical Activity arena, worked with the KINSHIP CENTER, with adopted parents, and provided the opportunity for CSUMB students to provide over 10,000 hours of service to several school districts on the central coast in physical education and aquatic and dry land adapted physical activity. Upon returning home to Michigan, Karwas began working for EMU in Fall 2009 and is currently the lead faculty member in the Adapted Physical Education and Physical Education Endorsement. Throughout Karwas' career, advocacy for individuals with disabilities, especially in the public schools, has been a passion. Currently, Karwas is the Faculty Adviser for the EMU women's lacrosse team.

Courses Taught

  • Assessment for Preschool Children
  • Adapted Physical Education (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Adapted Physical Education Internship
  • Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher
  • Disability Sport
  • Health
  • Student Teaching Supervision

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Presentations:

  • Kline, L., Karwas, M., & Grisnicki, I. (2012). A Comprehensive Literature Review: Adapted Physical Education and Related Disciplines in Neurological Development and Reading. Presented at the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, Birmingham, Alabama.  October, 2012.  The Loft.
  • Karwas, M. (2011).  The intelligence of play.  Hartland, Pre-School, Feb, Hartland Pre School, Hartland, Michigan.
  • Karwas, M. (2011).  The intelligence of play.  Hartland, Pre-School, Feb, Hartland Pre School, Hartland, Michigan.
  • Karwas, M.  (2010).  A Neuro-sensory Approach to Understanding Children’s Behavior.  Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation, Fenton Montessori Academy, March.
  • Karwas, M.  (2010).  A Neuro-sensory Approach to Understanding Children’s Behavior.  Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation, Fenton Montessori Academy, March.

Publications:

  • Kline, L., Karwas, M., & Grisnicki, I. (2012). A Comprehensive Literature Review: Adapted Physical Education and Related Disciplines in Neurological Development and Reading. Preceding Abstract,  North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, Birmingham, Alabama.  October, 2012.  The Loft.

Text Reviews

  • Hodges, Lieberman & Murta.  Essentials of Teaching Adapted Physical Education, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion.  McGraw Hill. 
  • Auxter, Pyfer & Huttig .   5th edition Principle and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation.  McGraw Hill, San Francisco. 
  • Santrock. Children, 7th edition.  Children.  McGraw Hill, San Francisco.

Additional Information

The Physical Education Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090