Catherine EnnisProfessor, Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Catherine Ennis is a professor of teacher education and curriculum and instruction in the Department Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College (VA), a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Previously she held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Maryland-College Park.
Professor Ennis’ research focuses on curriculum theory and development in physical education with specific applications to urban school settings. She has published over 60 research articles in refereed education and physical education journals and delivered over 150 presentations to international, national, and regional audiences. Dr. Ennis has co-authored two books, The Curriculum Process in Physical Education (1995, McGraw-Hill) and Student Learning in Physical Education: Applying Research to Enhance Instruction (2003, 2nd edition, Human Kinetics). Dr. Ennis has been the pedagogy section editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and is a member of the Editorial Boards for Contemporary Educational Psychology; Quest; Sport, Education, and Society; Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, and European Physical Education Review. She has been the principal investigator for NIH grants totaling more than $1.5 million.
Professor Ennis is an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique [AIESEP; International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education], and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In 1991, she served as chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (AAHPERD) and chaired the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education from 1999-2001.
In 1995, Dr. Ennis delivered the Scholar Lecture for the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education. She was named the Lansdowne Scholar at the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 1998, and in 1999 she gave the Research Consortium Scholar Lecture for the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 2006, she presented the Charles H. McCloy Lecture to the Research Consortium (AAHPERD) and the Cagigal Lecture to the AIESEP World Congress in Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2008, she presented the Pease Family Scholar Lecture at Iowa State University and the Curriculum and Instruction Academy Scholar Lecture at AAHPERD.
Dr. Ennis was the recipient of the Honor Award from the Curriculum and Instruction Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in 2002. In 2003, she received the R. Tait McKenzie Award for professional leadership from the Maryland Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 1993, Dr. Ennis received the Celebration of Teaching Award from the University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence. She received the University of Maryland, College of Health and Human Performance Muriel Sloan Communitarian Award for her service to public schools in 1997; the Doris W. Sands Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000 and the Jerry Wrenn Outstanding Service Award in 2005. She was inducted into the Lynchburg College Sports Hall of Fame (field hockey & lacrosse) in 1992.