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Prof. Mary O'Sullivan

Biography

Mary joined the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in 2005 and then served as Inaugural Dean of Education and Health Sciences (2008-2014). She established the PE PAYS Research Centre in 2005 and served as a Director for ten years. Mary's current research interests are focussed on Teacher Education practices and policies with projects on Irish teacher accreditation, global issues in Physical Education teacher education, and student voice (preservice teachers) in Physical Education.

Research Interests

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Teaching and Teacher Education
Teacher Professional Education
Curriculum Innovation in PE

Teaching Interests

  • Physical Education Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Research on Teaching
  • Research on Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education
  • Role of the University in Learning to Teach

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2014 Secretary General , AIESEP (International Assoc. for Physical Education in Higher Education)
  • 2006 Member and Assoc Editor of Journal, Irish Educational Studies Association
  • 2006 Member of the 2006 Abstract Review Panel for the Research Consortium for AAHPERD., Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • 1998 Board of Governors, AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education)
  • 1997 Member, Physical Education Association of Ireland

Award

  • 2007 - UL Alumni Award Recipient
  • 2006 - 2006 Physical Education SIG Scholar USA
  • 2005 - 2005 Ohio State Distinguished Collaborative Award
  • 2005 - British Educational Reserach Assocation Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy SIG Scholar
  • 2005 - 2005 Colleg of Education Distinguished Collaborative Award
  • 2004 - Metzler Freeman Exemplary Research Paper for Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
  • 2004 - NAPEHE Administrator of Year Award
  • 2004 - Michael Darmody Inagaural Lecture
  • 2001 - Honor Award: AAHPERD Curriculum and Instruction Academy
  • 1999 - Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (now known as American Academy of Kinesiology)
  • 1997 - The Trinter Award (w/D Tannehill)
  • 1996 - Honor Award

Committee

  • 2006 Physical Education and Sport Sciences Taskforce,
  • 2005 PESS Research Committee,
  • 2005 Chair of Education Search Committee,
  • 2005 UL Graduate Medical School Advisory Board,
  • 2005 Public Appointments Service,

Employment

  • 2005 University of Limerick - Professor
  • 2005 University of Limerick - Dean
  • 2001 The Ohio State University - Associate Dean, College of Education
  • 1994 The Ohio State University - Interim Director, School of HPER
  • 1991 The Ohio State University - Research Associate
  • 1986 The Ohio State University - Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, & Professor
  • 1983 University of Victoria - Assistant Professor

Education

  • 2003 Harvard University - Certificate
  • 1983 The Ohio State University, USA - Ph.D.
  • 1980 University of Victoria, Canada - M.A.
  • 1977 Thomond College of Education - B.A.

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2016

Multiple dimensions of interactivity: an empirically-based investigation of methodological issues in self study of practice research
Flethcher, Ni Chroinin, and O'Sullivan
Enacting Self study as methodology for professional inquiry

2016

Critical friendship and meta-critical friendship: re-interrogating assumptions
Ni Chroinin, O'Sullivan, and Fletcher
Mindfulness and critical friendship: A new perspective on professional development for educators

2012

Listening to Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport
Enright, E, & O'Sullivan, M.
Resarch Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sport

2009

Teaching as Professional Inquiry.
O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D; Hinchion, C
Physical Education For Learning: A Guide for Secondary Schools

2007

Physical Education and Education through Sport in Ireland
MacPhail, A; O'Sullivan, M; Halbert, J
Physical Education and Sport Education in the European Union

2005

The art and science of teaching in physical education and sport. Lisbon: MH Faculdade de Motricidada Humana.
O'Sullivan, M
Teachers' Beliefs as a Mirror of Possibilities for Physical Education.

2005

Cultural Studies Curriculum in Physical Activity and Sport
O'Sullivan, M; Kinchin, G
Standards-based physical education curriculum development

2004

Sport Pedagogy
Feingold, R; Crum, B; O'Sullivan, M; Naul, R
Vade Mecum

2003

What Do We Know About the Professional Preparation of Teachers?
O'Sullivan, M
Enhancing student learning in physical education: A research approach to effective teaching (2nd ed.).

2002

Gender equity and physical education: A USA pespective
O'Sullivan, M; Bush, K; Gehring, M
Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions.

2001

Looking Outward to the Future: A reaction of Locke's Looking Backward: 2100-2000.
O'Sullivan, M
Physical Education in the 21st Century,

2000

Weaving a Web of Relationships
Stroot, S; O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D
Collaborative Reform and other improbable dreams

1999

Young People are Talking but Are We Listening.
O'Sullivan, M
New Millennium and Sport Pedagogy,

1999

Preparing Physical Education Teachers for the New Millennium: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize.
O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D
Seoul International Sport Science Congress Proceedings.

1998

Education for An Active Lifestyle: Challenges to Teacher and Coach Preparation.
O'Sullivan, M
Physical Activity and Active Lifestyle of Children and Youth.

1996

What do we know about the professional preparation of teachers
O'Sullivan, M
Enhancing student learning in physical education: A research approach to effective teaching

1994

Goals and purposes of supervision
O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D
Health, physical education, and recreation into the twenty-first century: Proceedings of the ICHPER World Congress.

1994

Physical Education in Ireland in the 21st Century: A view through the looking glass.
O'Sullivan, M; McCarthy, L
Health, physical education, and recreation into the twenty-first century: Proceedings of the ICHPER World Congress.

1994

International Perspectives on the Future of Sport and Physical Education: A Synoptic Overview.
O'Sullivan, M
Health, physical education, and recreation into the twenty-first century: Proceedings of the ICHPER World Congress

1992

Professional development of cooperating teachers
O'Sullivan, M
Sport and physical activity: Moving toward excellence. Proceedings of the AIESEP World Convention

1992

The goals and purposes of supervision: Implications of theoretical perspectives.
O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D
Proceedings of the International Congress of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. August 1991, Limerick, Ireland.

1991

Impact of interactive disc technology on preservice teachers ability to analyze motor performance
Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S; Livingston, M
Technology and Teacher Education Annual 1991

1990

Beginning teachers struggle for legitimacy
O'Sullivan, M
Proceedings of the Jyvaskyla Sport Congress AIESEP World Convention

1988

Using research on teaching
O'Sullivan, M
Becoming a teacher

1986

The investigation of computer augmented training on selected managerial skills of physical education students
O'Sullivan, M; Collis, B; Van Gyn, G
In Trends and development in physical education

Conference Publication

2007

ECCS
O'Sullivan, Mary

2006

British Educational Research Association
Tannehill, D., O'Sullivan, M., & NiChroinin, D.

2006

British Educational Research Conference
Tannehill, D. & O'Sullivan, M.

2005
2005

ARIS Conference
O'Sullivan, Mary

2005

National Coaching and Training Centre National Forum
O'Sullivan, M., Killian Fisher, Donal O'Gorman

2005

AIESEP International conference
Collier, C., O'Sullivan, M., Enright, E. and McMahon, E.

Edited Book

2010


Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport

2006


Handbook of Physical Education

Other Publication

2012

Special Issue: Physical Education
O'Sullivan, M,Oslin, JL
Irish Educational Studies DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2012.710060

2010

CPD Community of Practice: Impact on Assessment Practices of Teachers
Deglau, DA; O'Sullivan, MM
Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport

1996

Performance principle training for skill analysis
Matanin, M; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M

1991

Developing interactive videodisc materials for skill analysis training
Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S; Stewart, M

1989

Self instructing Module for Skill Analysis of Long Jump
Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S; Chou, C

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

'The Trouble with Normal': (re)imagining sexuality education with young people
Coll, L,O'Sullivan, M,Enright, E
Sex Education-Sexuality Society And Learning DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2017.1410699

2018

Pedagogical principles of learning to teach meaningful physical education
Ni Chroinin, D,Fletcher, T,O'Sullivan, M
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2017.1342789

2017

"I Know When I Did It, I Got Frustrated": The Influence of 'Living' a Curriculum for Preservice Teachers
Dillon, M,Tannehill, D,O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2016-0157

2016

Elementary Classroom Teachers' Beliefs Across Time: Learning to Teach Physical Education
Ni Chroinin, D,O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2015-0030

2016

Signature pedagogies in support of teachers' professional learning
Parker, M,Patton, K,O'Sullivan, M
Irish Educational Studies DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2016.1141700

2015

Using self-study to explore the processes of pedagogical innovation in physical education teacher education,
Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Tim Fletcher & Mary O'Sullivan
Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2015.1092724

2014

Education: a space to survive and thrive?
O'Sullivan, M,Penney, D
Sport Education And Society DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2013.802686

2012

Editorial for Special Issue
O'Sullivan, M; Oslin, J
Irish Educational Studies DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2012.710060

2012
2012

Beginning teacher standards for physical education: Promoting a democratic ideal?
Chroinin, DN; Tormey, R; O' Sullivan, M
Teaching And Teacher Education DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2011.08.001

2009
2007

A didactic analysis of content development during the peer teaching tasks of a Sport Education season
O'Sullivan, M; Wallhead, T
Physical Education And Sports Pedagogy

2007
2007

Research on content in physical education: theoretical perspectives and current debates
O'Sullivan, M; Amade-Escot, C
Physical Education And Sports Pedagogy

2007

Enhancers and inhibitors of teacher change among secondary physical educators
Bechtel, PA; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Principles for Professional Development
O'Sullivan, M; Deglau, D
J. Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Chapter 2: Effective professional development - What we now know
Bechtel, PA; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Professional Dialogue as Professional Development
Deglau, D; Ward, P; O'Sullivan, M; Bush, K
J. Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Chapter 1: The contexts of urban settings
Ward, P; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Chapter 7: Principles of professional development
O'Sullivan, M; Deglau, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Effective Professional Development; What do we Know?
Bechel, P; O'Sullivan, M
J. Teaching In Physical Education

2006

Chapter 5: Professional dialogue as professional development
Deglau, D; Ward, P; O'Sullivan, M; Bush, K
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2006

The Contexts of Urban Settings
Ward, P; O'Sullivan, M
J. Teaching In Physical Education

2005

Sport Education: Physical Education for the New Millennium?
Wallhead, T; O'Sullivan, M
Physical Education And Sports Pedagogy

2004

High School General Physical Education Teachers' Behaviors and Beliefs Associated with Inclusion
Hodge, S; Ammah, J; Casebolt, K; LaMaster, K; O'Sullivan, M
Sport, Education And Society

2004

Possibilities and Pitfalls of a Public Health Agenda
O'Sullivan, M
J. Teaching In Physical Education

2003

Theories of Action and Theories in Use.
Tsangaridou, N; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2003
2003

Darwinism in the Gym
Pope, C; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2002

Good data are all you have: The legacy of a PETE scholar
O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

2001

Making a Difference for Urban Youths
Knop, N; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

2001

Making a Difference for Urban Youth
Knop, N; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

2000

Socialization of Prospective Physical Education Teachers: The Story of New Blood.
O'Bryant, C; O'Sullivan, M; Raudensky, J
Sport, Education And Society

1999

Teacher certification testing in physical education
Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1999

Making physical education meaningful for high school students.
Kinchin, G; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

1998

Innovation in Two Alternative Elementary School Programs: Why It Works.
Dyson, B; O'Sullivan, M
Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport

1998

Similarities and differences in pedagogy and content: 5 years later.
Ward, P; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1997

The many faces of integrated physical education.
Placek, J; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

1997

The role of reflection in shaping physical Education Teachers' educational values and practices.
Tsangaridou, N; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Students' and parents' attitudes.
Tannehill, D; Romar, J; England, K; O'Sullivan, M; Rosenberg, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Rules, routines, and expectations of 11 high school physical education teachers.
O'Sullivan, M; Dyson, B
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Breaking out: Co-dependency of high school physical education.
O'Sullivan, M; Siedentop, D; Tannehill, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Contextual hoops and hurdles: Workplace conditions in secondary physical education.
Stroot, S; Collier, C; O'Sullivan, M; England, K
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

High school physical education teachers and their world of work: Scope of the project.
O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Attitudes toward physical education: Their impact on how physical education teachers make sense of their work
Tannehill, D; Romar, J; O'Sullivan, M; England, K; Rosenberg, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1994

Using Pedagogical Reflective Strategies to enhance reflection among pre-service physical education teachers
Tsangaridou, N; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1992

Toward collegiality: Competing viewpoints among teacher educators.
O'Sullivan, M; Siedentop, D; Locke, L
Quest

1992

What undergraduate physical education majors learn during a field experience
O'Sullivan, M; Tsangaridou, N
Research Quarterly For Exercise And Sport

1991

Skill analysis using interactive videodisc technology.
Stroot, S; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M
Computers In Schools

1990

Teacher certification testing in physical education.
Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1990

Physical education teacher education in the United States
O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation And Dance

1990

Teacher testing and implications for physical education
O'Sullivan, M; Tannehill, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1990

Teacher certification testing in physical education
Tannehill,D.;O'Sullivan,M.
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1989
1989

The fifth dimension: Extending the physical education program
Jones, D; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1989

Elementary physical education specialists: A commitment to student learning
O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S; Tannehill, D
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1989

Interactive video technology in teacher education
O'Sullivan,M.;Stroot,S;Tannehill,D;Chou,C
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1989

Fifth Dimension
Jones, D; Tannehill, D; O'Sullivan, M; Stroot, S
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education

1986
1983

Modifying ALT-PE for game play contexts and other reflections.
Parker, M; O'Sullivan, M
Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education