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David WachobDr. David Wachob is an assistant professor and program coordinator for the undergraduate teacher education program in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science.

He is a certified health and physical education teacher, with both a baccalaureate and master’s degree in the discipline. His doctoral degree is in education, with a focus in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Wachob also holds several national certifications, including certified adapted physical educator, certified health education specialist, and physical best fitness specialist. 

Experience:

Dr. Wachob has been teaching in higher education since 2009, which includes being a faculty member at Lock Haven University before his appointment at IUP. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Wachob has worked in both the private and public school settings as a teacher, coach, and aquatics director. He was also the head teacher of the health and physical education department at Abraxas I, a school for troubled youth, where he taught both health and physical education and ran an outdoor education program.

Dr. Wachob developed the Homeschool Physical Education Program that serves over 120 local homeschooling students and their parents. Furthermore, he is the program coordinator for the Health and Physical Education Teacher certification program. He also sits on several college and departmental committees, including the College of Health and Human Services Technology and Innovations Committee, HPED Pedagogy Committee, HPED Professional Development Committee, HPED Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, HPED Graduate Curriculum Committee, and the HPED Institutional Review Board Committee. He sits on the State Executive Board of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Dr. Wachob is also the official webmaster for the HPE Department.  

Scholarship:

Recent research studies Dr. Wachob was involved in:

  • Relationship between physical activity levels and sleep patterns in children with autism.(co-investigator Dr. Dave Lorenzi) Indiana University of Pennsylvania- 2014.
  • Comparison of cardiovascular health and body composition in homeschool and public school children.(co-investigator Dr. Keri Kulik) Indiana University of Pennsylvania- 2014.
  • Comparison of physical activity levels and cardiovascular health within the environmental context of the homeschooling family. Indiana University of Pennsylvania- 2013
  • Public school teachers’ knowledge, perception, and implementation of brain-based learning practices. Indiana University of Pennsylvania- 2012
  • The difference between nutrient deficiencies in a vegan as compared to omnivorous diet in individuals aged 18 -22. Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania- 2012
  • Knowledge and usage of dietary supplements of men ages 18 to 24. Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania- 2011

Recent presentations Dr. Wachob was involved in: 

  • Wachob, D.  (2014, July). Teacher beliefs and practices about learning: Discrepancies in the       field. Presentation at the 21st International Conference on Learning, New York, NY.
  • Wachob, D., & Alman, R.  (2014, May). Influence of the parent-teacher on the cardiovascular health and body composition of homeschooling children. Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 61st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. [Abstract] (2014)Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(5) Supplement.
  • Wachob, D.  (2014, April). Starting a university-based k-12 educational program for homeschooling families. Presentation at the 127th annual convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, St. Louis, MO.
  • Wachob, D., & Lorenzi, D. (2013, February). Using physical education to improve literacy skills in struggling students. Presentation at the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Valley Forge, PA.
  • Wachob, D., Walsh, J., & Jackson, M. (2012, November). Recreation in schools. Presentation at the 91thannual convention of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Champion, PA.
  • Stahle, B., Wanyo, C., Laing, J., & Wachob, D. (2012, April). Knowledge and usage of dietary supplements of men ages 18 to 24. Poster Presentation at the Celebration of Scholarship, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 
  • Wachob, D.  (2009, November). Teaching students with emotional behavior disorder. Presentation at the 88th annual convention  of the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Lancaster, PA.
  • Wachob, D.  (2007, November).  Teaching students with emotional behavior disorder. Presentation at the 86thannual convention of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Champion, PA.
  • Lorenzi, D.G., Conroy, J., Martin, B., & Wachob, D.  (2006, December).  Becoming a certified adapted physical educator.  Presentation at the 85th annual convention of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Champion, PA.
  • Wachob, D.  (2005, November).  Using technology in the classroom and gymnasium. Presentation at the 84thannual convention of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Champion, PA.

Recent publications Dr. Wachob was involved in include:

  • Wachob, D. (in press). Teacher beliefs about learning and their instructional practices:             Discrepancies in the classroom. The International Journal of Pedagogy andCurriculum.
  • Wachob, D. (in press). Starting a university-based physical educational program for homeschool children. Journal of Physical Education,Recreation & Dance.
  • Wachob, D. & Alman, R. (2015). Parental influence on the cardiovascular health and body      composition of homeschool children.  International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health,8(3).
  • Wachob, D. (2014). Using physical education to improve literacy skills in struggling students.        Strategies:A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. 27(5), 12-17.
  • Wachob, D. (2013). Public school teachers’ knowledge, perception, and implementation of brain-based learning practices. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis Database. (UMI No. 3546012)
  • Wachob, D. (2012). Reconnecting with schools: An outdoor approach. Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance(1), 49-54.
  • Wachob, D. (2011). Horse-assisted therapy for the treatment of autism: A case study. Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 81(3), 35-36.
  • Wachob, D. (2007).  Lifeguard training for at-risk juvenile treatment. The Abraxas Chronicle, 4(3), 5-6. 
  • Wachob, D. (2007).  Teaching students with emotional behavioral disorder (EBD). Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 77(3), 24-27.

Courses Offered:

  • HPED 143 — Health and Wellness
  • HPED 209 — Motor Behavior
  • HPED 214 — Teaching Health Fitness & Gymnastics
  • HPED 216 — Teaching Elementary School Physical Education
  • HPED 217 — Teaching Middle School Physical Education
  • HPED 315 — Biomechanics
  • HPED 316 — Teaching Elementary Health Education
  • HPED 344 — Adapted Physical Activity and Sport
  • EDUC 421 — Student Teaching (supervision)
  • EDUC 441 — Student Teaching (supervision)
  • HPED 645 — Advanced Teaching Techniques in Physical Education

Contact Information:

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.