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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 Chapter

2010

Teaching as Professional Inquiry
O'Sullivan,M., Tannehill, D., Hinchion,C.
Physical education for learning: A Guide or Secondary Schools

2009

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

2000

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

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.

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.

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

Conference Publication

2006

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

2006

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

Other Publication

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

2017

Drawing' conclusions: Primary school children's construction of school physical education and physical activity opportunities outside of school.
Parker, M., MacPhail, A., O'Sullivan, M., Ní Chróinín, D., & McEvoy, E.
European Physical Education Review DOI: 10.1177/1356336X16683898

2016

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

2001

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

1999

Teacher certification testing in physical education
Tannehill, D; 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

Students' and parents' attitudes.
Tannehill, D; Romar, J; England, K; O'Sullivan, M; Rosenberg, D
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

1991

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

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

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