Ang Chen, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Phone: (336)256-8566

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Dr. Ang Chen is a professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an experienced and productive researcher on children/adolescent motivation for physical activity, learning in physical education, physical activity and physical skill assessment, and program evaluation. His recent research has been focused on cognition- and motivation- based intervention on physical activity behavior change in children and adolescents. Dr. Chen's studies examine the relations among the curriculum, learner motivation, and physical activity outcomes such as in-class caloric expenditure in physical education. The goal of his research has been on applying motivation theories in developing innovative physical education curricula to enhance children's and adolescents' knowledge of physical activity and to change their behavior for healthful living. Dr. Chen has been a principal researcher in several federally funded, large-scale, multi-year physical education intervention studies involving dozens of public schools and thousands of K-8 students. He has published about 50 research articles and delivered over 80 research presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Chen has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of physical education teacher education, physical activity programming and assessment and offered workshops to researchers and physical education teachers. Dr. Chen's graduate students have won the AAHPERD Helen M. Heitmann Young Scholar Award, the Graduate Research Award from Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education Special Interest Group (SIG-PE) of the American Education Research Association (AERA), the Exemplary Paper Award from AERA SIG-PE, and the Young Scholar Award from the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique, (AIESEP).

Dr. Chen is an Active Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. Dr. Chen is President of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. He has been the Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy (2005-06) of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the Chair of AERA SIG-PE (2007-08). Dr. Chen is the current Associate Editor of Quest and the International Journal of Exercise and Sport Psychology, and serves on editorial boards of Contemporary Educational Psychology, International Education, and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Dr. Chen has been an associate editor for the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport from 2005-2011. Before coming to UNCG, Dr. Chen was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1993-96), Arizona State University (1996-99), and the University of Maryland at College Park (1999-2008).

Dr. Chen is the recipient of the G. Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award (1998, Western College Physical Education Society), the Exemplary Paper Award (2002, SIG-PE, AERA), the Simon McNeeley Award (2005, Maryland AHPERD), and the Murial Sloan Communitarian Award (2005, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland). He is the Scholar Lecturer for the 2011 NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy. He received the Bachelor of Education degree in 1982 from Nanjing Teachers University (currently Nanjing Normal University) of China, a Master of Education degree in 1988 from the Shanghai Institute of Physical Education (currently Shanghai University of Sport) of China, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1993.